During a fellowship
at the University of Maryland in 1996, I was given the opportunity to learn
more about tinnitus – a condition where patients hear ringing in the ears. Upon
returning to Singapore in 1997, I heeded the call to specialise in the
condition even though my primary interest at that time was surgery.
It was tough because
nobody was doing tinnitus work at that time. I had to pick up a lot of things
on my own and learn from other countries. Our clinic was swamped for the first
six months. And after a while, I just couldn’t bear to leave my patients.
medicine for the past 30 years, my focus remains clear – to provide the best
care possible for my patients. I am grateful to all my mentors for helping me
to become the doctor I am today. I believe in paying it forward by mentoring
medical students, ENT residents and physiotherapists in clinical care and
Dr Chan Yew Meng
Department of Otolaryngology
Singapore General Hospital
Winner of the Superstar–Clinician Award, Singapore Health Quality Service Awards 2018.