By Sufian Suderman
Executive, Communications & External Relations
It has only been half a year since the inaugural cohort started lessons at LKCMedicine yet the students have bonded with each other so well that one might have thought they have known each other for a very long time.
The close-knit bonds that the students have developed can be attributed to the collaborative culture which is evident in class and play. “Working together has become part and parcel of our journey at LKCMedicine. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from passionate, approachable and inspiring role models such as the faculty and clinicians,” says Jeanne Ng.
On the House
The House System has played an integral role in supporting the students’ development at LKCMedicine. Apart from guidance from House Tutors, the System has allowed students to get to know each other better via house activities. One such activity is the Inter-House Games where students not only play Captain’s Ball and street soccer among themselves, but with the faculty as well.
“Be it Inter-House Games or the random House breakfast, the House System has given me and my peers ample opportunity to interact with each other beyond the classroom. Regular meetings with our
personal House Tutors are great avenues to sound any red flags and they are happy to give us advice and help us get back on our feet,” remarks Julia Ng.
Furthermore, LKCMedicine students have informal meet-ups with young doctors in their residency years that help them assimilate into the medical environment. Besides providing first-hand experiences as former medical students, they help LKCMedicine students better understand how to cope with the numerous challenges of medical school.
From left to right: Inter-House Games; Meeting with Young Doctors
Beyond the Classroom
At LKCMedicine, students have the freedom to organise various social and recreational activities. For instance, the students held a Thanksgiving steamboat dinner as a way to show their gratitude towards the faculty for giving them a meaningful and enjoyable educational experience. They also had a post-exams Christmas party to celebrate the start of their term break.
To encourage their own holistic development, students have also formed committees which focus on sports and the arts. Recently, some LKCMedicine students took part in NTU’s Inter-Faculty Games (IFG) which marked the School’s debut. The IFG provided an opportunity for LKCMedicine students to mingle with students from other faculties. Despite having neither the experience nor strength in numbers, they showed impeccable team spirit and fought to the best of their abilities.
Sports representatives’ Benjamin Siow and Chew Yi Rong say, “As a cohort, we believe that a strong sporting culture is integral for student life as well as a way to interact with the larger NTU student body. We believe that sports can nurture our School’s spirit because it makes us work
together for a common goal.”
Realising the importance of the arts in education, the Arts & Culture Subcommittee was formed to develop students’ appreciation for the arts. They hope to provide avenues for their fellow students to pursue artistic interests and express themselves as well as appreciate the finer things in life beyond academia.
From left to right: Thanksgiving Steamboat Dinner; Post-Exams Christmas Party
Arts & Culture representative Leon Tan elaborates, “We are working on the establishment of a student band as well as regular karaoke sessions and music appreciation activities. They serve to relieve stress from the immense workload of medical school and strengthen relationships within the student community.”
If students need a space to unwind, they can do so at the Student Lounge. Students can watch movies with their friends on the wall-mounted widescreen television and satisfy their hunger pangs with tidbits at the snack bar. Besides board games, there is a pool and foosball table for students’ enjoyment as well. In addition, the lounge is furnished with a meeting table and white board, providing students an excellent place for discussion and exchanging ideas.
From left to right: Inter-Faculty Games; Chilling at the Student Lounge
As part of community outreach, some LKCMedicine students will be volunteering at Budi Kemuliaan Hospital in Batam, Indonesia this March. The students will help run a free clinic in conjunction with
the St Andrew’s Cathedral Medical Mission where they will help in all aspects of the clinic, from taking blood pressure and blood glucose measurements as well as pharmacy distribution. The outreach will
give students a rare opportunity to gain first-hand insights about the facilities, systems and best practices of foreign medical establishments.
“Awareness of global health issues and trends has always been a key facet of the LKCMedicine experience. We hope that we can make an impact on the Budi Kemuliaan Hospital through volunteerism and build a long lasting partnership that transcends boundaries for the good of humanity,” says Ryan Chen, one of the student organisers for the community outreach programme.
The First Anniversary
The maiden LKCMedicine Cohort Dinner to be held on 2 July 2014 commemorates the end of the inaugural cohort’s eventful first year. As of press time, the student-led committee for the Dinner is in the midst of planning a fun programme which includes dances and musical performances by the School’s own students and possibly faculty (you have been warned!).
2014 marks another first as LKCMedicine students will lead a Freshman Orientation Camp. To be held in July as well, the Camp will introduce freshmen to their new surroundings and the inner workings
at the School. More than fun and games, the Freshman Orientation Camp will also initiate freshmen into the medical community and imbue them with the values held dear at LKCMedicine.
Reflects Moses Ko, “At LKCMedicine, various avenues have been developed to support students’ different passions and interests. From sports to the arts and overseas trips, the myriad activities enable us to have a diverse student life experience. I hope that the future cohorts will recognise that in medicine, our role is to meet the expectations of the community comprehensively, be it in school or with our patients in the future.”