Medsoc Website Designer, Philip

  How was the process of designing the medsoc page?  There was a lot of uncertainty at the start, because our heads knew they wanted a website but weren’t sure what kind of website they wanted or how they wanted it. We had to work with many teams e.g. the design team. The initial phase lasted half a year, and it took a while for things to come together as we were M2s and the design team were mainly M1s so our schedules often clashed. We worked on a platform called Squarespace, and faced some technical challenges as well. I worked with David who also programmes, and also with Peng Tao to refine what they imagined the website to be – that’s when things started falling into place.   How did you start programming?  I started programming when I was quite young. AC had this sec 1/2 programming class where people usually play computer games but I was legit programming. I took programming as an additional subject after that. Generally, I will find an outlet to do something programming-related each holiday. It’s good that I have an outlet in medicine, to allow me to explore programming while contributing to the student body.   What do you enjoy the most and the least in M3?  M3 is exciting as you get to see patients and are essentially in charge of your own time – if you want to do procedures you just need to hound doctors. But it’s also scary as you are now holding the keys to your own future. What I dislike most is the lack of time. In preclinical years it’s a bit slower and you can enjoy the learning process more.   What are you planning for your elective?  I’m hoping to do a bench-side local lab research project. My first career choice was actually not medicine but to be a scientist. But I did some attachments and realised I couldn’t just stay in the lab for 40 years straight. It’s more fun being in the hospital.   What makes your day instantly better?  Good food! I have a lot of comfort food, especially Indian food and just stuffing myself with carbs. I think NTFGH has the best food because it’s at Jurong. Kopitiam-wise, I think SGH is the best but my CG thinks TTSH is better. The NUH ayam penyet is really good but quite unhealthy haha.

How was the process of designing the medsoc page?
There was a lot of uncertainty at the start, because our heads knew they wanted a website but weren’t sure what kind of website they wanted or how they wanted it. We had to work with many teams e.g. the design team. The initial phase lasted half a year, and it took a while for things to come together as we were M2s and the design team were mainly M1s so our schedules often clashed. We worked on a platform called Squarespace, and faced some technical challenges as well. I worked with David who also programmes, and also with Peng Tao to refine what they imagined the website to be – that’s when things started falling into place.

How did you start programming?
I started programming when I was quite young. AC had this sec 1/2 programming class where people usually play computer games but I was legit programming. I took programming as an additional subject after that. Generally, I will find an outlet to do something programming-related each holiday. It’s good that I have an outlet in medicine, to allow me to explore programming while contributing to the student body.

What do you enjoy the most and the least in M3?
M3 is exciting as you get to see patients and are essentially in charge of your own time – if you want to do procedures you just need to hound doctors. But it’s also scary as you are now holding the keys to your own future. What I dislike most is the lack of time. In preclinical years it’s a bit slower and you can enjoy the learning process more.

What are you planning for your elective?
I’m hoping to do a bench-side local lab research project. My first career choice was actually not medicine but to be a scientist. But I did some attachments and realised I couldn’t just stay in the lab for 40 years straight. It’s more fun being in the hospital.

What makes your day instantly better?
Good food! I have a lot of comfort food, especially Indian food and just stuffing myself with carbs. I think NTFGH has the best food because it’s at Jurong. Kopitiam-wise, I think SGH is the best but my CG thinks TTSH is better. The NUH ayam penyet is really good but quite unhealthy haha.