October 2017 | Issue 32
Imperial students spend week-long elective in Singapore


Ten Imperial Year 2 medical students spent a week at LKCMedicine from 4 to 8 September 2017, as part of the Imperial-LKCMedicine student exchange programme. Eighteen LKCMedicine Year 2 students had travelled to London in March.

The purpose of the exchange, which started in 2016, is to strengthen the links between LKCMedicine and its sister school in London and give participating students the opportunity to experience student life in another institution.

During the first two days of the visit, the Imperial medical students were engaged in a spectrum of learning activities, including science practical and clinical methods sessions, and a Team-Based Learning (TBL) lesson with LKCMedicine Year 2 students.

Imperial Year 2 medical student David Ariyanayagam said, “I now have a better appreciation for how a TBL-based teaching system can work and am not surprised that Imperial is looking to move in that direction.”

The subsequent three days saw them paired with Year 3 students to observe teaching during clinical postings at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Imperial student Emily Chng said, “With such a valuable chance to experience teaching at a medical school abroad, it was very interesting to see the similarities of the syllabus yet different approaches to teaching and learning methods. Going into clinical attachments, we learnt a lot from Associate Professor Tham Kum Ying about how the healthcare system in Singapore differs from the UK, with the tiered system and comparison of public and private healthcare.”

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Imperial medical students join LKCMedicine students for an ultrasound practical

The Imperial students also enjoyed the sights and sounds of Singapore as their hosts put together a packed social programme, including visits to Gardens by the Bay, the Art Science Museum, Clarke Quay and Chinatown.

Imperial student Suliman Ali said, “This summer has been the best summer of my life. This is only because of one reason: the incredible LKCMedicine students who gave up their time to show us around Singapore, the university and hospitals in Singapore, and who were always there to help us and make sure we had the best time possible. This experience has truly been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and something I will cherish forever.”

On the last day of their visit, the visiting students were treated to a lunch with LKCMedicine faculty at the Staff Lounge in Mandalay HQ, followed by a debrief on the exchange trip, led by Vice-Dean for Education Professor Naomi Low-Beer.

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Imperial exchange students and LKCMedicine educators

Imperial medical student Trushna Damania summed up her experience saying, “Despite differences in teaching methods, it is clear that both medical schools have a high standard of teaching and value students becoming well-rounded individuals. The exchange programme will allow us to take back fresh ideas in order to further improve medical education at Imperial so students are equipped to become better doctors.”

Added David, “The opportunity to come over to Singapore and experience the place as a whole as well as the medical school has been an eye opener for me. We have all been incredibly impressed by the attitude of the LKCMedicine students and of course the amazing facilities.

“I also think that as LKCMedicine grows, it can learn from Imperial in terms of the overall student life and experience. Our large number of societies and clubs definitely show how the medical school experience can stretch well beyond schools and hospitals. I'm really looking forward to seeing how our two institutions grow closer together!”