After an exciting few months with its pioneer cohort, LKCMedicine is now gearing up for its second intake. The Open House held at NTU on 8 March 2014 saw hundreds thronging the School’s facilities at its NTU premises in the Research Techno Plaza (RTP). Aspiring doctors quizzed faculty, staff and 31 of LKCMedicine’s first student cohort about the School’s innovative curriculum and admissions process, while having a go at the various hands-on stations.
The main action took place at NTU’s School of Biological Sciences Foyer, where LKCMedicine had a 360-degree booth manned by staff and students. Nearby at the Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre, LKCMedicine Vice-Dean for Education Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer delivered several talks to interested students and their parents. Assoc Prof Low-Beer’s talk was punctuated with colourful insights from current students who were with her during the talks.
The hands-on stations at LKCMedicine’s premises at RTP offered prospective students a day of exciting peeks into the School’s unique teaching methodologies and facilities. One such station was the Team-based Learning (TBL) and e-learning demo, led by Deputy Director for Pedagogical Practice Dr Redante Mendoza and Senior Assistant Director for E-Learning & IT Services Mr Alan Loe. Working on iPads, participants were organised in groups of six and given mock questions to experience first-hand the School’s collaborative learning approach, under the guidance of LKCMedicine students.
“I think TBL is a great way to prepare students for work in the real world, like in operating theatres, where doctors always have to work in teams,” said Lim Mao Fong of Anglo-Chinese Junior College, one of the demo’s many attendees.
Another popular line-up was the hands-on Medical Science Display, which showcased, among others, embryonic development in ovo of a chick, where attendees could watch the embryo’s beating heart through a microscope. Attendees also had opportunities to test their bodies’ cardiorespiratory abilities under the watchful eye of Professor Michael Ferenczi, Assistant Dean for Phase One of the curriculum, and look through teaching microscopes to watch cells dividing and multiplying.
There was a first-class anatomy display managed by Assistant Dean for Examinations & Assessment (Phase One) Assistant Professor Dinesh Srinivasan and LKCMedicine students, featuring anatomical structures and plastinated specimens. The visitors also had an immediate chance to virtually dissect a 3D human body using the cutting-edge Anatomage Table.
Sara Ang, one of the many prospective students, found LKCMedicine’s approach to teaching most impressive. “The fact that the School focuses on practical rather than theoretical work will give students plenty of opportunities to practice and constantly improve their skills,” she said.
The School, which is looking to admit 78 students this year, also presented many other exciting showcases including a Dialogue with Doctors, co-chaired by Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs Associate Professor Pang Weng Sun and Assistant Dean for Phase Two & Three of the curriculum Associate Professor Tham Kum Ying; a theatrical play led by Assistant Dean for Clinical Communication, Training & Student Welfare Dr Tanya Tierney on the early clinical experiences of an LKCMedicine student, and information booths run by students and staff – all of which provided visitors an overview of how the School is set to redefine medicine and transform healthcare.
On the theatrical play, 20-year-old Tee Xue Hui said, “It gave me insights into how LKCMedicine’s curriculum, through clinical experiences at the polyclinics, hospitals and in simulations, gives its students a wide exposure to mould them into outstanding doctors.”
Not surprisingly, the School’s innovative pedagogy has captured the hearts and imaginations of many.
Elmira D/O Muhammad Yaacob from Anderson Junior College said, “The use of technology is very forward-looking and useful for future doctors. This will help the students to stay up-to-date and be ready to embrace new technologies in the healthcare industry.”
In the meantime, the pioneer cohort is enthusiastic about their plans to welcome the next batch of LKCMedicine students. A full-fledged orientation programme is in the works to showcase life as an LKCMedicine student, with the July 2014 Freshmen Orientation Camp as the highlight.