August 2017 (Special Edition) | Issue 31
Delivery of all years in the MBBS programme

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By Gerry Greyling, Head, Business & Educational Development, Faculty of Medicine, and the entire London Office (past and present)

The official opening of LKCMedicine provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the significant milestones of setting up the School and delivering the innovative MBBS programme. When thinking about the scope of what has been achieved, it’s valuable to assess our achievements in the context of working on everything from physical infrastructure, management and organisational structures, student governance, support and well-being, ingraining approaches to professionalism and ethics in our students; as well as a very long list of other activities associated with producing world-class graduates.

Above all, we have transformed what a medical education can be – and our students are already having a profound impact on healthcare in Singapore and around the world. It is a true testimony to what can be achieved through a shared vision, collaborative goals, a lot of hard work and great working relationships!

Working closely with NTU, LKCMedicine, governmental bodies and staff across Imperial and its clinical partners, we have adapted the key elements of Imperial’s proven educational model into an innovative, bespoke programme that meets Singapore’s present and future healthcare needs. We can be proud of delivering a degree that reflects the highest quality and innovation.

It’s perhaps interesting to articulate the significant amount of effort and commitment from Imperial that has gone into the School over the past seven years. Since the inception of the LKCMedicine collaboration in 2010:

  • 350 staff and students across Imperial and its partners have contributed to the LKCMedicine collaboration, from defining the vision and strategy to reviewing exam questions;
  • more than 200 visits to Singapore have been undertaken; and
  • we have participated in more than 700 video conference meetings with our Singapore counterparts equating to roughly 1,000 hours (or seven months of continuous meetings). In addition, we have held at least 500 internal meetings.

Such high levels of communication and collaboration, in view of time zone and cultural differences, have been key to assuring the successful delivery of the collaboration as well as the educational quality of the programme.

We are therefore extremely excited and proud that the Team-Based Learning (TBL) pedagogy has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students and staff. LKCMedicine was the first undergraduate school to completely replace lectures and use TBL as the primary classroom teaching method for large groups. In terms of the curriculum, the London Office supported in coordinating and reviewing:

  • the collaborative work of 700 academics, clinicians and scientists from London and Singapore;
  • the development of 34 modules;
  • over 300 hours of lecture material recordings; and
  • approx. 3,000 written questions related to student learning.

There really is as much pride in these achievements in the London Office as our colleagues in Singapore undoubtedly feel.

Many of the collaboration “founders” are no longer at Imperial or working on the collaboration itself, but the fruits of their labour and the legacy of their contributions will forever form part of the foundation of the School and we can only thank them for all of their contributions.

The official opening of LKCMedicine marks the significant collaborative success achieved together as partners, but we also look forward to furthering our strong collaboration and deep bonds, now and beyond.

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