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With both my parents being medical device engineers
I have an innate passion for physics with an acquired taste for medicine. My
desire to study medicine emanated on my motivation to bring about technological
changes in the field of medicine. My interest in medicine began after 3D
printing was first introduced into the field of medicine through the use of the
software, Materialise. Population boom and lifestyle changes have taken its
toll on human health in all aspects. People 
are constantly in quest of better health facilities. The advent of 3D
printing has been termed as the 3rd industrial revolution and has contributed a
great deal in the field of medicine.


After research I found that 3D printing is used
in instances including X-ray planning and analysis, 3D image-based planning and
analysis, Anatomical models, Patient-Specific guides and finally
Patient-Specific implants. People who previously could not afford a prosthetic
arm could now buy a fully functional arm. The most interesting case I found was
when a baby was born with ventricular septal defect. Using the CT scan of the
baby’s heart a 3D representation of it was created which captured the  congenital defects accurately. It was then 3D printed which allowed the
surgeons to accurately explain the problem and what need to be done by them,
making the parents as confident as their surgical team. It also helped avoid
the typical series of life threatening operations.

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There are undoubtedly several other jobs which
could have served the motto for my purpose. I could become a biomedical
engineer, which would fulfill my passion for invention, however it would not
allow for a direct interface towards the patients and would also repress my
mechanical passion. I could also go for chemical engineering as it would
satisfy both my interest for invention as well as mechanics, but this field of
study would not serve purpose to communicate with patients. After much
reflection, I finally sought out my options and decided that for interaction
with patients being a doctor is a much obvious choice. The duty of a doctor is
very noble. It is the one door which leads to several other doors being opened
and is also the key to trust and challenge which I feel I have the will-power
to take.


Along with this I have met several students
studying in medicine in the NUS open house and they gave me a tour of the NUS
facilities as well as the NUS medical library which amazed me with the
resources they have to study for the subject. I have also realised that NUS has
its own basketball team which allows me to fulfill my passion for sports as
well as academics.


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