Medical student wins RCPA scholarship

Third year medical student, Edward Tan Hong Swo, wins the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) scholarship.

Edward Tan with Associate Professor Subathra Sabaratnam (left) and Associate Professor Dr Khoo Joon Joon (right)

Third year medical student, Edward Tan Hong Swo, from the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia, was recently awarded the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) Scholarship in Pathology. The AUD$1000 scholarship will go towards research on Tan’s  project, Alcohol-in-action.

Through the 12 week-long project, Tan will work under the supervision of Associate Professor Dr Khoo Joon Joon, and Associate Professor Dr Subathra Sabaratnam. “I am very fortunate to have two very experienced pathologists as my supervisors. They have both played important roles in helping me  refine and materialise my idea for this project,” Tan said. Tan also shared that it was their constant encouragement and guidance that pushed him to success. He also enthused that working on this project is definitely going to be an enjoyable one as he gets to explore a field he is most interested  in, pathology.

Alcohol-in-action aims to educate medical students on the long term effects of alcohol on the human body. According to Tan, the project will be in the form of a video tutorial with comprehensive audio visual illustration and pictorial diagrams.

“These days, chronic alcoholism is a common issue among patients and it can lead to a variety of serious medical problems. Every budding doctor should have a good knowledge on alcoholism and its effects, which will be helpful during patient counselling”.

A firm advocate of promoting pathology among young medical undergraduates, Dr Khoo Joon Joon, an Associate Professor at the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Biology, expressed her gratitude to the RCPA for giving out a scholarship that encourages students’ interest in the discipline. “I  congratulate Edward and am very happy for him. His interest in pathology has paid off with his winning project proposal. I know the project will be useful for future doctors and it will also further encourage more students to be interested in pathology,” Assoc Prof Khoo stated.

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is a medical organisation promoting the science and practice of pathology in relation to medicine, which has members in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia. In order to encourage research in pathology and ancillary  sciences, the RCPA has offered annual scholarships worth AUD$2000 to students pursuing Bachelor of Medicine or equivalent degree course in parent medical school of every university in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, a scholarship worth AUD$1000 is also made available to universities in Malaysia,  Singapore, Hong Kong and Fiji respectively.