Dr Gayathri Nadarajan is currently the chief resident of the Singhealth Emergency Medicine program. After her first Emergency Medicine posting in SGH Department of Emergency Medicine, she fell in love with the specialty and hasn’t looked back since.
“Emergency medicine encompasses all my values as a doctor and has helped put together all the things I feel passionate about. In the emergency department, we are the first people the patient gets to see, where we are there when it matters most and we get the chance to make a difference in their lives. For the critically ill where the first few minutes matter, we have to make quick decisions and stabilise him with the aim of giving him the best chance of survival such that he walks out of hospital. For those who walk into the ED, I get to treat their symptoms and attempt to solve their problems.”
It was the passion she found from Emergency Medicine that drove her to be involved in international humanitarian and community health projects such as the DARE programme, where she teaches CPR to the community. “The Scandinavians taught their primary school children CPR 40 years ago. We are 40 years behind. We need to dare to step up and help others in the community, not just for CPR but for other areas.” She strongly believes that good healthcare starts at home and through education. “Education is a powerful tool that can transform healthcare. It can have a sustainable effect, greater than the medications we prescribe”- Dr Gayathri
Together with her husband, she also coordinates and provides specific medical care and training to the inaccessible villages in Nepal. She is also part of the Hindu Endowment Board Medical Support Services. Besides work, she enjoys, trekking, cycling, running and swimming and takes part in competitions with her fellow female doctors.
“It is an honour to be part of the AWDS, where I have the opportunity to work with such a strong and amazing team to try make a difference in the women community. There is so much to do. From trekking, I have learnt that even if we make small steps, we are walking towards our destination”