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Fourth year student Ellen Yang aspires to pursue a career in general surgery.
But after recently completing her orthopaedic rotation at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Ellen said she now knows it takes more than just surgical skills to become a good surgeon.
“When a young girl who required an urgent operation from a motor vehicle accident refused to be calmed by others in the theatre, orthopaedic trauma consultant Dr Noel Peter was able to make a real connection with the young patient,” she said.
“He repeatedly showed me the importance of empathy and patience for a surgeon, and he is definitely the surgeon who I aspire to become one day."
Ellen said Dr Peter also demonstrated his love for teaching by challenging the students’ knowledge base and proficiency.
“He explained concepts and procedures beyond our level. All the while, he makes sure that a student feels as part of the team, whether it was a medical, nursing, or allied health student,” she said.
“He leads by example of how humble a surgeon should be when working as part of a team, such as introducing and welcoming everyone who walks into an operating theatre.”
Ellen said she was able to perform a minor procedure under Dr Peter’s watchful eye, which built her confidence.
“It is easy to see that Dr Peter goes above and beyond as a clinical teacher and truly cares if a student excels.”