Dear Pharmily,
We are pleased to announce that the following candidates are running for the role of Vice-President (Internal)!

They are:
Angela Wan Pik Choo (Pharmacy Class of 2024)

Julian Ryan Tan Jie Long (Pharmacy Class of 2025)

We have attached their nomination form and video below.

Feel free to leave comments and questions for the candidates in the comments channel.

Thank you!

6 Comments

  1. Jang Yuho

    Reply

    Dear Julian, thank you for stepping up to run for the role of VPI! I am sure that it was not an easy decision for you. I have some questions that I have for you:

    1. You mentioned the 3 reasons that you were running for VPI, and mentioned improving the camaraderie within and between NUS Pharmacy and PHS. Can you elaborate on how this will be achieved?
    2. You mentioned that for Essential Medicines Committee, you are looking to increase physical volunteering events. What do you think is the role of Essential Medicines Committee in NUSPS?
    3. For the Media Resource Team, do you have any experience in publicity and design, especially regarding websites? If you do not, do you foresee any issues that may arise and how do you overcome them?
    4. What kind of impact do you think you will leave on NUSPS throughout your term in both quantitative and qualitative terms?
    5. Angela Wan is also running for the position of VPI. Can you explain why you are more suited for the role of VPI as compared to her? Remember to be respectful please 🙂
    6. What do you think is the current role of Houses in student life currently, and do you have any concrete ideas to boost their presence and relevance to students at the moment?

    • Julian Ryan Tan Jie Long (Vice-President Internal Nominee)

      Reply

      Hi Yuho! Thank you for your questions and my answers are as follows:
      1. You mentioned the 3 reasons that you were running for VPI, and mentioned improving the camaraderie within and between NUS Pharmacy and PHS. Can you elaborate on how this will be achieved?

      I strongly believe one of the avenues to achieve this is through our House System. The House system transcend boundaries between Pharmacy and PHS as well as allow people to interact beyond their batch. With the expectation of having physical events this year, such events can not only promote sign-ups with TBL and SJP but also provide opportunities to mix up groupings and facilitate interactions.

      In my video, I have offered the consideration of facilitating Senior Junior Groups which may facilitate more interaction within housemates. Groups that have more seniors (e.g. 2-3) can mimic an “orientation” group and provide more perspectives as academic, social, emotional, physical, psychological mentors.

      An additional avenue will be through more industrial site visits that both interested Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmacy students can visit. As stated in the video as well, this can be facilitated by Academic Committee to introduce industrial talks and potentially more site visits.

      2. You mentioned that for Essential Medicines Committee, you are looking to increase physical volunteering events. What do you think is the role of Essential Medicines Committee in NUSPS?

      The Essential Medicines Committee is the voluntary wing in NUSPS. The EMed Committee plans for voluntary events from the content, flow, safety and outreach to stakeholders. The EMed Committee will actively recruit volunteers for such events and guide them of volunteers of their responsibilities for the events. From my experience, I have attended as a volunteer for one of the eKYMGIR events where we played games, facilitate talks and engage in a healthy lifestyle with the elderly. As such, I am not totally unfamiliar on the works for EMed. With some experience in planning in games for RxAG and for House Committee, I believe I can assist EMed in seeking fun, physical games that cater to our participants for such events. As for now, physical volunteering events may increase in due of relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions and hence, we may expect more collaborations with other stakeholders.

      3. For the Media Resource Team, do you have any experience in publicity and design, especially regarding websites? If you do not, do you foresee any issues that may arise and how do you overcome them?

      I am not an expert in drawing or designing but I do have experience in publicity and design. With my experience in NUSPS IPE Publicity Executive, I have used Canva to construct simple Instagram Posts to promote our IPE events. I also have basic experience in simple video editing. A very important part of publicity would also be formulating short but captivating publicity messages to outreach our students. My experience in IPE Publicity has proved memorable and useful in brainstorming approaches to intrigue interested students.

      One potential difficulty would be in respect to editing and posting content on the website. Although I do not have experience in regards to the construct of a website, I believe with the advice of the Media Resource Team and need be, using Google (for the potential use of coding and etc.) would be sources I will be receptive to learn from to provide refreshing content for our student population.

      4. What kind of impact do you think you will leave on NUSPS throughout your term in both quantitative and qualitative terms?

      As stated in my video, my three aspirations are to improve camaraderie within and between Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science, improving the environments around our NUSPS and its events and lastly preparing for our future careers. Although, these three aspirations are goals that may not be able to directly achieve in the short term, these are the long term impacts I hope to leave qualitatively.

      I believe in terms of measuring quantitatively would be through tangible means such as measuring sign-ups. From sign-ups and feedback forms, we can observe the data and analyze what our students enjoy and want. Should I assume the role of VPI, I hope to also promote these events and improve the impression of our NUSPS committees and events. In my opinion, we could promote our NUSPS Committees more through showcasing our committees more on Instagram and telegram so our students and incoming freshmen are more aware of the committees in NUSPS. Through this, I hope to improve the environment around our NUSPS and its events and the impression of the committees: to enjoy the 4 years in university and make as many friends and connections before entering the workforce.

      I feel in my past year, I have experienced many events. There are many avenues for our students to grow through the extra-curricular activities. Pharmacy projects and collaborations with other parties should also be promoted. As a measure to preparing for our future careers, examples like SIGNapse for students to learn how to sign to the Deaf community and CHAMPS that seeks to help patients with BPML and assist with medication reconciliation are some means for Pharmacy students to be better prepared and more inspired for the working world.

      5. Angela Wan is also running for the position of VPI. Can you explain why you are more suited for the role of VPI as compared to her? Remember to be respectful please

      I am honoured to be running against Angela for the position of VPI! 🙂 Although in comparison, I do not have as much experience in management, I would be grateful for this opportunity to grow as a leader and to walk together with NUSPS and see it go beyond in years to come. I believe my method of going on the ground, working together and bonding with the many committees instead of solely supervising is a different approach that I will take in NUSPS. There will definitely be times that I may not be able to assist in every single event due to the many committees under the guidance of VPI but being present and aware of what and each and every committee is doing is important to me. To me, everything “internal” in NUSPS is being there for everyone in NUSPS and helping in whatever capacity and to be the bridge for the numerous committees in NUSPS and the students. With my experience of working in many different NUSPS committees concurrently in the last AY: YEP, RxAG, POC (although I did COVID on the camp itself sadly haha)/POW, IPE, Welfare and even partaking in some EMed, RxFlag events, I will be the bridge between the committees (for e.g. logistic issues and seeking it from a committee that has it) and be there for our NUSPS committees!

      6. What do you think is the current role of Houses in student life currently, and do you have any concrete ideas to boost their presence and relevance to students at the moment?

      The role of Houses in student life are to provide academic, social, emotional, physical support and ensure their well-being as stated earlier. I believe one of the most probable ways to boost their presence are the beautifully designed House shirts and amazing welfare packs as we did in the previous Academic Year!

      As stated in the video, I also hope to bring a inter house event that could potentially be recurring. In pre-COVID 19, there used to be Inter-House League. After discussion with some members of the current House Committee, we feel that a sports event similar to Inter Faculty Games would actively instill a competitive edge in our students to win for their houses. In my video, I have also wish to include any opening/ending acts or performances to embrace a more vibrant life within these events!

      Ultimately, a large scale event as such is something that will not be easy but with discussion, collaboration and working hand-in-hand with Welfare Committee and House Committee in planning and involving the other NUSPS committees in assisting us, I believe we can strive towards promoting house spirit and eventually school spirit as a whole!

      My goal before coming to university was to join NUSPS, contribute to it and push NUSPS as far as I can. I also hope the many students in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science will interact with each other more since all of us are potential future colleagues in years to come! After discussion with many in NUSPS such as Wei Siong, Shania, Joleen to name a few and the HC and many of my friends (Y’all know who you are!!). I hope to bring everything “internal” to the highest with the best of my abilities and with everyone’s support!

      We’re here for a good time but not a long time!

      Thanks Yuho for your questions and I hope I answered your questions! Should you need any clarification, do not hesitate to contact me! 🙂

  2. Jang Yuho

    Reply

    Dear Angela, thank you for stepping up to run for the role of VPI! I am sure that it was not an easy decision for you. I have some questions that I have for you:

    1. You mentioned that your aim of running for VPI was to bond the student population. How will you do so?
    2. You also mentioned that you wish the future of NUSPS. In your opinion, what is the current state of NUSPS, and what is the future of NUSPS that you are envisioning currently?
    3. I believe that you participated in KYMGIR as a PPAC executive. Can you tell me how this experience will allow you to contribute to KYMGIR, and to Essential Medicines Committee as a whole?
    4. What kind of impact do you think you will leave on NUSPS throughout your term in both quantitative and qualitative terms?
    5. Julian is also running for the position of VPI. Can you explain why you are more suited for the role of VPI as compared to him? Remember to be respectful please 🙂
    6. Being the VPI is extremely tiring, and there will be many periods in your term that you are swamped with school work and in the holidays, internships. This can affect your ability to perform your role as the VPI. Do you have any concerns or contingency plans regarding this issue?

  3. Angela Wan Pik Choo (Vice-President Internal Nominee)

    Reply

    Thank you Yuho for your questions! Here are my answers:

    1. You mentioned that your aim of running for VPI was to bond the student population. How will you do so?

    First, I believe in having a more bonded NUSPS committee as a whole. In my opinion, the dynamics in the NUSPS committee dictates our overall direction towards the student body. In other words, only if the committee is bonded, can we actually inspire and create activities that foster bonding.

    To tackle this, I wish to have meetings (physical) that involve the entire NUSPS committee including subcomm members – internal, external and SPs. I envision perhaps 3 of such meetings through the academic year (agendas listed below)
    1) 1st meeting as an introduction to NUSPS and the committees, and as a proper ‘welcome tea’ or induction into the 62nd NUSPS committee. This would be to thank people coming on board, as well as to have bonding opportunities across the entire NUSPS committee
    2) 2nd meeting around the start of semester 2 to catch up on everyone’s progress (have roundtable updates), as well as to check in on everyone’s morales
    3) 3rd meeting nearing end of term to thank everyone for the work they have done.

    This concept would be similar to cohesions and staff retreats executed in external companies and societies. The aim would be to keep everyone in the loop of the happenings in NUSPS, and really embodying the concept of one NUSPS. I also believe in taking care of the welfare of the committee, such that they feel a sense of belonging and are more well poised to excel in their work.

    With a bonded NUSPS committee, I hope to foster an environment of passion and warmth, such that the events planned will embody such values, and hence help to bond the students. In addition, the NUSPS committee themselves are also part of the student population, so I hope that by fostering a warm community, they will help to spread warmth to the other students in the student body.

    2. You also mentioned that you wish the future of NUSPS. In your opinion, what is the current state of NUSPS, and what is the future of NUSPS that you are envisioning currently?

    The current state of NUSPS:
    One lacking connection within the NUSPS committees – within NUSPS, there is a lack of pride and sense of belonging. The committees are segregated, with each committee not knowing much of what the other committees are doing. Reasons for this may include lack of welfare for the NUSPS committee themselves, lack of communication to the whole NUSPS communication, lack of activities for the NUSPS committee, etc. This lack of connection within NUSPS results in poor working culture, which may end up in poor quality of work and poor retention.
    One lacking connection from the NUSPS committees to the ground – I believe the goals of the different committees may not be the most aligned to the interests of the people on the ground due to the lack of communication, leading to poor sign up rates.

    I wish to tackle these two problems to form a NUSPS that is connected to its people, and I am glad that measures are easing to allow more physical events that can hopefully kickstart these connections.

    3. I believe that you participated in KYMGIR as a PPAC executive. Can you tell me how this experience will allow you to contribute to KYMGIR, and to Essential Medicines Committee as a whole?

    As a PPAC executive, I aided in the set up and manning of two booths at physical KYMGIR, as well as in engaging with the elderly (icebreakers, answering their questions, playing quizzes) for eKYMGIR.

    I would say my experience at physical KYMGIR would be more relevant for the future KYMGIR events, which would most likely be physical as well.

    My experience at physical KYMGIR helped me gain a better understanding of the needs of KYMGIR and the initiatives it entails – a need for procurement of welfare packs, bento boxes, engaging photobooth vendors, collaborating with community development councils, collaborating with pharmacists, etc.

    With this, I believe I am equipped with the experience to help guide the next Essential Medicines committee to hold such events in future – by physically being part of the event, and also having experience in such engagement sessions by helping in the Healthier SG engagement sessions held by MOH during my time as a MOH intern. All of these will help me to understand the vision the Essential Medicines Committee has, which will strengthen our working relationship.

    4. What kind of impact do you think you will leave on NUSPS throughout your term in both quantitative and qualitative terms?

    In terms of quantity, of course my goal would be to achieve higher sign up rates for the various events held.

    In terms of quality, I would like to see quality events sustained over the year – that students are happy and actively participate when joining events. I also wish to see individual house spirits being further developed and sustained – it should be inculcated into our activities to bring a sense of camaraderie and house spirit in our student body.

    I wish to achieve this by fostering good working environments and reminding people of their purpose, pride and passion – similar to the up and coming PHARMFORCE initiative by the Chief Pharmacist. And I hope this environment can be sustained for future NUSPS committees as well.

    5. Julian is also running for the position of VPI. Can you explain why you are more suited for the role of VPI as compared to him? Remember to be respectful please

    I believe I have more experience in handling multiple committees. As a POP Vice Project Director, I was in charge of handling the programmes, head OGL and logistics committees. Hence, I have the experience in multitasking and keeping the big picture when it comes to handling multiple committees.

    I believe I am more suited to make macroscale changes. This comes from my experience in MOH CPO where I got to experience policy making firsthand and am better able to understand how to make changes on the macroscale that will benefit the entire system. Of course, this involves knowing the circumstances on the ground. And with my past experiences in NUSPS, I believe I can then use this knowledge to improve the system on the macroscale.

    In addition, I feel that I have acquired more experience in NUSPS, living through more initiatives and as such, can see their impact and am better able to weigh their pros and cons.

    6. Being the VPI is extremely tiring, and there will be many periods in your term that you are swamped with school work and in the holidays, internships. This can affect your ability to perform your role as the VPI. Do you have any concerns or contingency plans regarding this issue?

    I do agree that being able to handle the work commitments is a crucial quality of being a VPI. Having said that, I have had a fair share of experiences handling commitments and I believe that these experiences have shaped me to become a more efficient and task-oriented person. In regards to schoolwork, I believe many around me can attest to the fact that I have no qualms or need to worry on juggling schoolwork, even with the many commitments I have taken up in the past.

    Also, I believe through discussion with the previous two VPIs (Wee Kang and Yuho), I have a clear view on what to expect in terms of the job scope, and am mentally prepared for what is to come. I will do my best to perform my role as the VPI.

    Regarding contingency plans, I believe it would be good to build strong rapport with the people I am working with, so we can each have each other’s back when needed. I hope that we can be each other’s support group if and when the time comes.

    I hope I have answered your questions. Feel free to clarify further if I was unclear. Thank you!

  4. A curious person

    Reply

    Hi nominees, I observe, empirically, that some houses seem to have more “house spirit”, and some are more “dead” than others.
    Do you think this is a problem that should be addressed? If so, how? Please consider that, currently, a large aspect of student life/welfare in NUSPS is done through house events, and also that students are allocated by houses purely due to chance. This means that students in different houses may experience different extents of welfare or fun due to factors beyond their control, which may seem unfair.
    To the admin, I would like to maintain anonymous. Thank you.

    • Julian Ryan Tan Jie Long (Vice-President Internal Nominee)

      Reply

      Hi there! Thank you for your question! It may seem that some houses may be more “dead” but I believe this can be attributed to many different factors. Some of these factors could be the timing of the event being close to CAs, some students may not know about the event or the event may be something that may not cater to the majority of the people in that house, etc.! As you said, students are allocated by houses purely due to chance and to add on, everybody has their own definition of fun. Going forward, houses definitely have lots of events in mind that could cater to the students and they can do so by doing polls and receiving feedback on certain events that cater to majority of people. However, I believe house events are not the sole method of promoting house spirit but can also be through SJP bondings within themselves and “jio”-ing sessions and impromptu meet ups that sustain friendships not only in house but I believe in the Pharmily as well! In terms of welfare, generally with the overlap with NUSPS Welfare and House Welfare, I believe the extent of welfare may not differ so significantly between each house. Last year, we offered welfare packs and encouragement messages to the whole Pharmily! House shirts were only for those who purchased it. Although items may differ a bit between houses e.g. stickers and other items, as much as possible, we can provide individualistic but similar items for the welfare packs offered between each houses.

      I hope I answered your question! These are some of the ideas I have in mind and considerations that we could possibly implement! If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to me!

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