October 2016 | Issue 26
It's back to school for parents, teachers and counsellors


Giving up their weekends and holiday time, about 300 parents of prospective medical students as well as more than 20 teachers and education counsellors from 10 schools, junior colleges and polytechnics took part in interactive engagement sessions held at LKCMedicine’s Experimental Medicine Building (EMB) to learn more about the School’s innovative curriculum, teaching pedagogy and student life.

Held on 6 and 17 September, visitors were warmly welcomed by Vice-Dean for Education Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer and hosted by LKCMedicine’s assistant deans, faculty, staff and students in the bespoke-built Learning Studio, which is used for the School’s Team-Based Learning (TBL) lessons.

Visitors heard about the School’s teaching pedagogy, admissions process, including the requirement for students to complete the BioMedical Admissions Test, and campus development. LKCMedicine students joined the events, offering their perspective on learning at LKCMedicine. The visitors had plenty of opportunity to get their burning questions answered during a lively Q&A session.

Mr Wong Ting Ee, a teacher at Dunman High School, summed up his views of LKCMedicine, saying, “They equip students with the skills and knowledge to advance the science and practice of medicine. It is not just about giving them the skills but giving them the heart.”

Ms June Tan, a teacher from Victoria Junior College, added, “Team-Based Learning is actually very good for the development of communication skills and exercising of self-responsibility, at the same time we are looking at the acceptance of diverse views from different people.”

 

At the parents’ sessions, attendees got the opportunity to experience life as a medical student by participating in a mini TBL demonstration as well as trying their hand at various parts of science practicals and clinical method lessons, such as venepuncture, spirometry and how students learn about ageing. In addition, LKCMedicine students showcased how technology supports their learning at a stop in the Seminar Room and members of the newly elected Medical Society Executive Committee shared more about student and hall life at a display set up in the Collaboration Space on Level 3.

At the end of the visit, the father of a Raffles Institution student said that he was left speechless by the high level of interaction that the LKCMedicine programme offers. Summing up his feelings, he said, “I wish I could go back to school myself!”

Another parent observed that LKCMedicine’s approach brought learning to life for students. Having studied anatomy herself, she was pleasantly surprised by the lack for smells during the tour of the teaching lab, where many of the anatomy practicals are held. She said, “We had the smell of formaldehyde which was kind of scary. I think this use of technology is very interesting, it’s wonderful.”