December 2015 | Issue 21


LKCMedicine hosts students to Evening with the Deans

On 2 December, with most A Level papers out of the way, some 200 prospective medical students made their way to LKCMedicine’s Evening with the Deans event to find out more about its MBBS programme and student life.

Hosted by LKCMedicine deans, the event was held for the first time at the School’s brand new Experimental Medicine Building. Also new this year was the programme’s strong focus on hands-on interactive experiences to give prospective students a flavour of what learning and living as an LKCMedicine student is like.

The prospective students were among a record number of students sitting the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) with a view to applying to LKCMedicine. More than 950 students sat the BMAT last month, which is one of the School’s admission requirements.

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Vice-Dean for Education Assoc Prof Naomi Low-Beer is among a number of LKCMedicine faculty, staff and students who engaged prospective students during the pre-programme reception

Before the programme in the bespoke Learning Studio started, prospective students got to mingle with the deans and research faculty, glimpse into a hall room, talk to the admissions and student life teams, and be inspired by the School’s unique exhibition Humanity in Medicine – A Look at the Past and Forward to the Future, which brings to life LKCMedicine’s ethos of nurturing doctors you and I would like to have caring for us. Other faculty members, staff and more than 50 LKCMedicine student-volunteers were also on hand to talk to the visitors.

Welcoming the prospective students, Dean Professor James Best said that one of the advantages of being a relatively small medical school (although he highlighted that Stanford’s annual intake is around 90 students, while Harvard admits around 150 per year) is that students receive a lot of individual attention. 

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LKCMedicine Dean Prof James Best addresses prospective students at the Evening with the Deans

He said, “I want to assure you that we value every one of our medical students very highly. Our House and Tutor System ensures that you are well supported at every stage of the course. The day you start with LKCMedicine, we welcome you as a junior member of the medical profession, a junior colleague with rights and responsibilities.... I give you my promise that if you choose to join us at LKCMedicine next year, you will have a wonderful experience in the study of medicine and we will assist you in every way to become a first-class doctor, the kind you and I would like to have caring for us and our families.”

Vice-Dean for Education Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer then took centre stage to provide an overview of the School’s innovative MBBS programme. She handed the floor to Year 3 and 2 students Ang Jia Wei, a Toh Kian Chui scholar, and Goh Kang Shiong, who is the current President of the Medical Society, who gave their take on why LKCMedicine is the right fit for them.

After this, the prospective students were taken through a mock Team-Based Learning (TBL) session and were given the opportunity to experience the School’s novel approach to anatomy teaching and simulation as well as typical elements of a science practical.

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Prospective students get to try their hand at a mock TBL lesson (above) and at typical tasks from science and anatomy practicals (below)

The programme concluded with a Q&A session, chaired by Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs Associate Professor Pang Weng Sun, the students’ burning questions were addressed, including how LKCMedicine distinguishes itself through its curriculum and overseas electives, what are the advantages of TBL, and whether attachments are a must-have before applying. At the tables of experts were the leadership and faculty from the School, including Prof Best, Assoc Prof Low-Beer, faculty and educators as well as Mr Martin Lupton, Head of Undergraduate School at Imperial’s Faculty of Medicine.

Even after the formal Q&A session ended, many stayed on to chat with faculty, staff and students before heading home.

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Q&A chair LKCMedicine Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs Assoc Prof Pang (left) and Mr Martin Lupton, Head of the Undergraduate School at Imperial's Faculty of Medicine (right), answer some of the burning questions submitted by students