June 2017 | Issue 30

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LKCMedicine High Tea offers inside views to prospective students

From the Anatomage table and plastinated specimens to ultrasound, prospective LKCMedicine students and their parents got a look inside the human body as well as into the School’s brand new learning and recreational facilities during the annual High Tea event held at the Clinical Sciences Building on Saturday, 13 May.
 
Hosted by LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best, this was the first opportunity for many of the more than 250 guests to tour the School’s newly opened 20-storey building that sits at the heart of HealthCity Novena. The immersive pre-event programme included mock Team-Based Learning sessions as well as a wide-ranging showcase of anatomy teaching, and practical and communication skills training. At each stop, LKCMedicine students, with the guidance of faculty, brought the curriculum experience to life, demonstrating the different skills they have learnt from wound dressing to ultrasound, and from communication skills to drawing blood.  
 
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Prospective students get to try their hand at ultrasound and TBL sessions during a tour of the Clinical Sciences Building
 
During the tour, prospective students and their parents also revelled in the panoramic views at the Medical Library and got a glimpse of the bespoke facilities that make LKCMedicine home for its students.
After the pre-event hands-on programme, guests made their way to the Auditorium on Level 4 for the formal programme, which was kicked off by Prof Best.
 
Prof Best started by congratulating the students, who had stood out at each point during the selection process. This year, LCKMedicine received more than 1,000 applications for a place in its fifth cohort of 120 students.
 
He continued saying, “As a physician with many, many years of experience, I can assure you that medicine is a wonderful career. It does require dedication and it includes a commitment to lifelong learning and it requires an understanding of the human condition, so that you can relate to people at some of the most difficult periods in their lives. To be a good doctor you need to combine both knowledge and compassion…We’ll take you on that demanding but wonderfully rewarding journey over the coming years.”
 
After Prof Best’s welcome, the prospective students and their parents were joined by a very special guest – NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson, who took to the stage to talk about NTU’s commitment to provide its students with the best learning and university experience.
 
He said, “We prepare you to be more than equipped to meet the challenges and demands that the medical and related professions will face in an increasingly competitive and unpredictable world. We think big and act swiftly on it, but we are also patient and do things properly.”
 
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L-R: LKCMedicine Dean Prof James Best and NTU President Prof Bertil Andersson giving their welcome and opening speeches to prospective students and their parents
 
National Healthcare Group Deputy Group CEO for Education & Research Professor Lim Tock Han followed this, outlining the opportunities awaiting students here and during their future careers.
 
Prof Lim said, “What you receive here is the best and one of the most up-to-date curriculums that you receive in medical education…What you learn in medical school will probably be out of date five years after you graduate. Things move so fast. What the School will teach you is the principle of learning and equip you with the mindset of long-term adult learning.”
In concluding the first segment, LKCMedicine Vice-Dean for Education Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer took to the stage to share her own journey in choosing medicine as a career, before setting out the key highlights that set the School’s world-class medical education apart.
 
After the insightful presentations, it was time for some light refreshments and lively conversation in the Foyer, where faculty, staff and students were on hand to answer prospective students’ questions.
 
The audience was welcomed back to the Auditorium by LKCMedicine classical music trio and Year 2 students Jonathon Koo, Christopher Chua and Ng Wei Ron, who played Carrying You from the movie Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Libertango Trio by Argentine tango composer Astor Piazolla.
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LCKMedicine classical music trio serenade the audience, showing that LKCMedicine students are more
than just a studious bunch
 
After the passionate performance, Year 3 student Lee Cheok Hon and Year 1 student Dorothea Ong shared their LKCMedicine journey, talking about what life at LKCMedicine is like inside and outside the classroom, and how the School prepares students for the clinical learning environment. Dorothea ended her presentation with a sneak peek into what lies in store for those who choose the School with a preview of the upcoming Freshman Orientation Camp, IntroDOCtion.
 
The two students then handed the floor to Associate Dean and Head of the Imperial Undergraduate Medical School Mr Martin Lupton, who talked more about the benefits of the School’s Imperial connection, which includes student exchange programmes as well as opportunities for electives in Year 5.
 
Having heard from the School leadership, faculty and students, it was time for guests to get the chance to have their burning questions answered. Hosted by Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs Associate Professor Pang Weng Sun, the panel consisted of Assoc Prof Low-Beer, the School’s Assistant Deans and Mr Lupton. They were joined by Visiting Professor and Head of the Division of Brain Sciences at Imperial Professor Paul Matthews.
 
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The panel comprising the School's leadership and special guests from Imperial addresses burning questions asked from both parents and prospective students
 
The panel addressed a wide range of questions, including ones about anatomy teaching, exposure to other healthcare sites and opportunities for graduates.
 
With the Q&A, the jam-packed programme came to a close, but many stayed behind to ask a few more questions of the faculty, staff and students.