Dr Belle Wong is a registrar at the Accident and Emergency Department in Changi General Hospital. She describes the reason for her interest in the field as a need for excitement and adrenaline. “I’ve always been an (hyper)active person, and I remember being pretty excited as a medical student posted to the department, and was mentally stimulated by the resuscitation room cases and saw how the seniors managed the cases with such a calm and cool attitude, yet they were extremely on the ball and very decisive,” she recalls. “It inspired me to be like them.”
She was also regularly involved in medical relief trips and saw that emergency and surgical training would be very useful in the field. After graduating from medical school, she passed both the Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) Examination and Member of the College of Emergency Medicine (UK) examinations. She was also conferred the Master of Medicine (Emergency Medicine).
She joined the AWDS as she had a desire to mentor medical students. She says, “I’m the first doctor in my family and I had to find my own way with help from senior doctors that I was fortunate to meet. The AWDS has a heart for medical students and offers me another channel to bless others who need advice.” She is also grateful for the mentorship and friendship she has received from the more accomplished lady doctors in AWDS committee. “Serving beside them allows me to observe these high-flying brilliant ladies and learn from their example,” she enthuses.
She continues to serve on medical relief trips, and leads a study group with Bible Study Fellowship (Singapore). In her free time, she enjoys yoga and calligraphy, and runs The Anya Project.