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Dr Kanwaljit Soin
Former Orthopedic Surgeon and Nominated Member of Parliament

Dr Kanwaljit Soin is an orthopaedic & hand surgeon. She obtained her MBBS (Hons) in Medicine in 1966, from the then University of Singapore and a Master in Medicine in (Surgery) and FRACS in 1970.

She was the first female Nominated Member of Parliament from 1992 to 1996.

Dr Soin delivered the 8th Chapter of Surgeons' Lecture in 1998, the Annual Oration for the Obstetrics & Gynaecological Society (Singapore) in 1999, the Donald Gunn Lecture in 2001 and the Syme Oration for the Australasian Royal College of Surgeons in 2014.

In 2008 she was presented the Singapore Medical Association Merit Award in recognition of her significant contributions and valuable services to the community.

She is a social activist and a gender equality advocate. In 1992 she was nominated  "Woman of the Year" by Her World magazine.  In 2000 International Women's Forum, Washington D.C. presented her the "Women Who Make A Difference" award.


Compassion & Care, 8 October 2022, 1030 - 1230hrs
​Gender Medicine & Yentle Syndrome

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine in the U.S. declared that being a woman or a man significantly influenced the course of health and disease and should be considered in prevention, diagnosis, and therapy. Thus, a new discipline of medicine called gender medicine was born. 
During the last few decades research has disclosed gender differences and gender bias in many fields of medicine. This is not an issue for women only. In fact, this subject is of importance to both men and women, to research and business organisations and to policy makers.

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