December 2017 | Issue 33
News roundup

NTU tops Asia in QS university rankings
On 17 October, NTU was named Asia’s top university in the QS Asia University Rankings. NUS dropped to second, followed by HKUST and KAIST. NTU took the top spot, having improved its scores for papers per faculty and student-faculty ratio. For the second consecutive year, NTU is also the region’s best performer for citations per paper, which measures the impact and quality of the scientific work done by universities. Read more here.

Interest in LKCMedicine remains high at BMAT registration
Close to 1,200 students who registered for this year’s BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) to apply for LKCMedicine’s next intake will have received their results on 24 November. Last year, 1,226 students sat the BMAT. An admissions prerequisite at LKCMedicine, the BMAT is a two-hour pen-and-paper test which was held on 2 November at Hwa Chong Institution, Raffles Institution and Victoria Junior College.

LKCMedicine extends growing ties in the region and internationally
In October, a senior management team from LKCMedicine travelled to South Korea to continue discussions with Ajou University School of Medicine, following their visit to LKCMedicine in 2016. Opportunities for student exchange programmes and the possibility of signing an MOU to formalise the partnership formed the key discussions between the visitors from Singapore and their Korean hosts.

During November, the team hosted a number of high profile visitors, including Healthcare UK COO Ms Ilaria Regondi who was in Singapore to learn more about Singapore’s healthcare sector, and a delegation from Hong Kong University, who visited the School’s Experimental Medicine Building which houses many of the School’s state-of-the-art research centres.

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NTU teams up with Singapore’s national body for geriatric research and education to enhance well-being of elderly
On 11 November, NTU ARISE Executive Director Professor Theng Yin Leng and Geriatric Education & Research Institute (GERI) Executive Director and LKCMedicine Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs Professor Pang Weng Sun signed an MOU on behalf of their institutions at the inaugural ARISE Research Symposium. The MOU covers joint research projects in key areas such as community and home-based care, health systems and applications and the psycho-social well-being of older adults to help Singapore better manage the demands of its rapidly ageing society. NTU and GERI will also develop exchange programmes for postgraduates and researchers through attachments and internships, and conduct joint workshops, seminars and conferences. Read more here.

LKCMedicine trains NHG junior doctors on teaching in a clinical setting
On 1 November, LKCMedicine Assistant Dean for Year 4 & Family Medicine Associate Professor Wong Teck Yee and Senior Lecturer in Medical Education and Lead for Educational Development and TBL Facilitation Dr Preman Rajalingam conducted a workshop on teaching in a clinical setting. Attended by 27 NHG junior doctors, the duo presented the principles of teaching and learning in a clinical workplace, enabling attendees to relate what they’ve learnt to their current clinical environment and apply the teaching principles accordingly. 

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LKCMedicine hosts first NTU – University of Exeter Biomedical Research Workshop
On 6 and 7 November, LKCMedicine hosted the first NTU – University of Exeter (UoE) Biomedical Research Workshop at the Experimental Medicine Building and HQ’s Toh Kian Chui Annex Lecture Theatre. Attended by 60 members of NTU faculty and research community, the workshop featured speakers from NTU and UoE. Over the course of two days, the workshop covered five themes: Neuroscience/Mental Health, Life at the Nanoscale, Exercise and Metabolism, Microbes and Pathogens and Translational Research. Participants also had the chance to tour the Centre for Neuroimaging Research at NTU and the Singapore Phenome Centre as well as Clinical Sciences Building.

LKCMedicine student surgical society organises first suturing workshop
On 11 November, the student-led LKCMedicine Surgical Society organised its first suturing workshop for 20 LKCMedicine students. Conducted by Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s Department of General Surgery, the workshop is modelled after the Sharps, Sutures, Knots Introduction Programme, which is compulsory for junior doctors posted to the department. During the workshop, participants were taught techniques on knot tying, suturing and suture materials, drain fixation and staple wound closure. With a student to surgeon ratio of 4:1, the surgeons were able to observe each participants’ performance closely, critique and provide personalised feedback.

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