From the Nominator
This yearbook provides a snapshot of a year (2020) in which life as the world knew it was turned on its head by a virus. Its advent and impact made the global pandemic literally the mother of all black swan events. Classroom lectures and tutorials went virtual, as previously bustling campus facilities emptied and fell silent when Singapore went into a five-week long lockdown to flatten the trajectory of the pandemic. It forced the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine to review and revalidate our strategic game plan, and revise and reconstitute our approach to medical education and research. It also nudged us to re-orientate and then pivot to a different pace and rhythm of work. Key work in the laboratories also had to be scaled back. While previous graduating classes could celebrate the end of medical studies, the graduating Class of 2020 marched off the campus on their last day in school and started work the next day alongside their seniors, joining the fight against an implacable, rampaging, unseen enemy that had already infected thousands and was imperiling hundreds more. Emerging from the enforced countrywide curfew, we realised that technology had enabled much of the work of the school to carry on, with staff working relatively easily from homes. Productivity and morale remained high. Work in the laboratories resumed. This yearbook tells of how we weathered the storm, and is a testimony to the grit, resilience and creative resourcefulness of the staff, students and alumni of the NUS medical school.
From the Judges
While this report is dense, the information is presented in an organized fashion that highlights main points and makes the content digestible. The cohesive layout also facilitates this strong presentation of the content. The overall design is creative, with excellent use of color and creative implementation of strong photography.