By Michael Dobbin, Collaboration Manager (Governance & Educational Quality), Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London
Over the last few months, the London Office has been busy organising exciting educational initiatives for LKCMedicine students. One of these is the second iteration of our exchange programme, for which we shall host LKCMedicine Year 2 students from 6 to 10 March. The inaugural programme last year, for which we hosted nine students, was a resounding success. It has built strong friendships and professional links between students at LKCMedicine and Imperial. It has also enabled students to learn about the modes of pedagogical delivery at Imperial, as well as about the health system in the UK.
2016 LKCMedicine exchange students with Imperial student representatives and staff; including Mr Martin Lupton, Associate Dean & Head of Undergraduate School Medicine (front row, far left) and Dr Joanne Harris, Deputy Head of Undergraduate Medicine (front row, far right)
Following the success of the programme last year, we have increased the number of students participating to 18; in a programme that will build on those fantastic experiences from last year. Students will be immersed into medical student life at Imperial; participate in curriculum and social activities with Imperial Faculty of Medicine students, experience the rich culture of London, and stay in good, accessible hotel accommodation.
Some of the activities planned include a tour of the Old Operating Theatre near London Bridge, which is the oldest surviving operating theatre in the UK (dating from 1822), used in the days before anaesthetics and antiseptic surgery. Among other key activities, students will observe an Imperial Year 5 General Practitioner placement in a local general practice surgery, visit a number of prominent medical museums across London, be introduced to a hospital clinical attachment and participate in practical sessions.
Imperial and 2016 LKCMedicine exchange students participate in a respiratory practical
The LKCMedicine collaboration continues to be a flagship project at Imperial, and the student exchange programme is a demonstration of the deep ties that we have with LKCMedicine. On behalf of my colleagues here, we look forward to undertaking what is to be a unique, prestigious and exciting 2017 exchange programme.