Doctor for a day!

In August, C got to be a doctor for a day at a real hospital.

Organised by Mount Elizabeth Novena, “Doctor for a Day” is a program targeted at 5 to 12 year olds to give them a better understanding of the healthcare industry and hopefully inspire them to join the medical industry when they grow up.

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All ready to be a doctor!

They started in the preparation room, where all the kids donned kid-sized scrubs and hairnets, and taught the correct procedure to wash and disinfect their hands. The “training” took place in specially prepared rooms at the hospital, where medical students guided the kids through the various activities. Parents were not allowed to enter the training rooms (which was a good decision, knowing that we would probably get carried away taking photos!)

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C in her scrubs

The first stop was to the general practitioner’s office, where C learnt to use a real stethoscope and the blood pressure meter. They were also taught how to use a ear thermometer correctly.

At the general practitioner's

At the general practitioner’s

Next was the A&E, where the kids got to bandage each other (that was the fun part according to C), push a wheelchair, and try to use a defibrillator (not plugged in of course!). C was a little freaked by the defibrillator part and kept her distance while the patient was being treated.

C was keeping her distance while the emergency resuscitation was taking place

C (extreme right) keeping her distance while the emergency resuscitation was taking place

At the nursing station, C got to feed, burp and change a baby (doll). This was nothing new to her, since she had hands-on practice with a live baby at home!

Feeding the baby

Feeding the baby

The final stop was the Operating Theatre, where they performed a surgery. The kids took turns to remove black plastic pieces from a man’s lungs using tweezers. C was paying attention, because she could tell me that the black plastic was tar in the man’s lungs caused by smoking.

All prepped for the surgery

All prepped for the surgery

There was a graduation ceremony at the end of the activities, where C changed into a white doctor’s coat. Each participant was given a certificate and a photo, with a souvenir toy stethoscope.

Dr C

Dr C

I thought it was a wonderful program that allowed the kids a glimpse of what it was like being a medical professional. It was fun and it was free 🙂 Hopefully there will be more programs like this.

C’s thoughts after the whole affair? She doesn’t want to be a doctor, because she needed to cut people up. LOL.

What do your kids want to be when they grow up?

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11 thoughts on “Doctor for a day!

  1. Ing

    I’ve read about this Doctor for a Day activity from a few other blogs and everyone seemed to have enjoyed it and given it a thumbs up so far. It is really a meaningful experience for the kids.

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  2. The Vanilla Housewife

    You guys have so many great programs for kids out there! you little ones are so lucky. I am not sure if we have something like this in our country. Though I don’t think my son would want to join as he told me he will be a tricycle driver when he grows up. LOL

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    1. mummyshymz Post author

      it’s great that they came up with this program… really fun for the kids 🙂
      LOL, they have the strangest ambitions don’t they? My daughter wants to be a driver 😀

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  3. Emily Cham

    Hello Mummyshymz,

    Hope you are having a good week. I am Emily from Asia PR Werkz, the PR agency representing Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital for the launch of the Doctor for a Day App.

    Following the overwhelming response for ‘Doctor for a Day’ programme, the hospital now extends the make-believe experience beyond its wards, with the launch of ‘Doctor for a Day’ App, available for download on iOS and Android tablets.

    Recommended for children aged 4 to 8, this is Singapore’s first-of-its-kind free edutainment application where a child win real prizes through app play. What’s more exciting is the Golden Tickets that will be released from time to time, inviting the lucky ones to the exclusive ‘Doctor for a Day’ programme at the hospital.

    We understand that C enjoyed herself at the ‘Doctor for a Day’ programme so I just wanted to share about this app with you so both of you can continue the educational journey even at home!

    Do give ‘Doctor for a Day’ app a try via this link: http://bit.ly/1yxBSZn. Have fun and I hope you will be interested to share about this app with your readers too.

    Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions or need more information. Thank you.

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