Dr Gina, welcome back to Singapore!
1. You used to work at IMC Paediatric from 2014-15. Can you tell us about your journey back to UK and then back to Singapore again?
I had a wonderful 2 years living in Singapore and loved working at IMC; however due to various reasons I had to return back to the UK in 2015. Over the last three years I completed my Paediatric training as well as obtaining my cardiology expertise, and have spent the last year working as a Paediatric consultant. This time back in the UK has given me the opportunity to tie up loose ends and I am now back in Singapore with my family permanently.
2. Why did you decide to become a paediatric Doctor?
I have always loved working with children, they are incredibly resilient and full of wonder. This, combined with my passion for science and helping others made Paediatric medicine the best career choice for me.
3. You did a cardiology fellowship at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital last time you lived in Singapore. Can you tell us about it?
I spent several months completing a cardiology fellowship at the hospital which enabled me build on my cardiology knowledge and learn basic echocardiography. This was followed by 12 months of Paediatric cardiology training at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in the UK, where I managed and treated children with acquired and congenital heart disease. Cardiology as a speciality is a diverse and challenging specialty but also incredibly rewarding.
4. What did you miss most about Singapore when you returned to UK 3 years ago?
There were so many things I missed about Singapore such as the beautiful weather and food. I love the diversity of Singapore and I especially admire how child-centric the country is. I strongly believe children are our greatest asset, which makes Singapore one of the best places in the world to raise little ones.
5. What are you reading at the moment?
I am currently re living the magic of Harry Potter with my daughter. Back in the UK, I often missed bed time so it’s a real luxury to be able to read every night with her. It’s my highlight of the day for sure!
6. What do you enjoy most about being a paediatric doctor?
Being able to embrace my inner child! I definitely feel those of us who are lucky enough to work with children are granted the privilege of witnessing the wonderment and resilience of children. I love the fact that each day is different and even though some aspects of Paediatrics are very hard, it’s comforting to know that we can still make a difference to every child we see and treat.
7. What do you want for Christmas?
Having worked Christmas Day for the last 3 years, I’m just excited to have Christmas off and am looking forward to spending some much needed time with my family!
Dr Gina Dahel is based in IMC Paediatrics on 11th Floor Camden Medical Centre.
T: 6887 4440