June 2014 | ISSUE 12
LKCMedicine hosts high tea with prospective students

LKCMedicine hosted more than 100 students keen to join the School to high tea on 10 and 24 May 2014. The high teas were another opportunity for students offered a place or waitlisted and their parents to get to know LKCMedicine and ask any burning questions. Students with an offer for one of the 78 places in LKCMedicine’s second cohort had until 2 June to accept.

The tea sessions held at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre were graced by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) President Professor Bertil Andersson, Provost Professor Freddy Boey, and National Healthcare Group (NHG) Group CEO Professor Chee Yam Cheng.

From left to right: Prof Andersson delivering the President's Address on 10 May; Prof Boey elaborating on the need for future doctors to be conversant in technology, as well as NTU and LKCMedicine’s strengths in meeting these needs on 24 May

Kicking off the first tea session, Prof Boey welcomed the prospective students and their parents with an overview of NTU’s strengths in research and the support in place for LKCMedicine students. He was followed by a very special video greeting all the way from Imperial College London by LKCMedicine Senior Vice-Dean Professor Jenny Higham and a presentation on the world-class education offered by the School by Vice-Dean for Education Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer.

Prof Andersson then took to the stage, painting a vivid picture of student life at NTU and LKCMedicine; while Prof Chee underlined the importance of the prospective students’ roles as Singapore’s future doctors.

At the second high tea session, Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs Associate Professor Pang Weng Sun welcomed the students before they heard from Prof Higham, Prof Boey, Assoc Prof Low-Beer and Prof Chee about what NTU, the School and life has a doctor has to offer.

While parents and students enjoyed the high tea spread on offer, inaugural LKCMedicine students – Loh Kieng Wee and Joseph Wong at the first high tea, and Aishwarya Narayanan and Gabriel Wong at the second high tea – gave the prospective students a peek behind the curtains into ongoing preparations for the inaugural IntroDOCtion, LKCMedicine’s very own freshmen orientation camp as well as an overview of life as an LKCMedicine student.

From left to right: Loh Kieng Wee and Joseph Wong sharing about the upcoming freshmen orientation camp on 10 May; Aishwarya Narayanan and Gabriel Wong giving an overview of life as an LKCMedicine Student

The high tea session concluded with enlightening question-and-answer sessions, the first one chaired by Assoc Prof Low-Beer, with panellists Prof Boey and Assistant Deans Associate Professor Tham Kum Ying and Professor Michael Ferenczi; the second one chaired by Assoc Prof Pang, with panellists Prof Boey, Assoc Prof Low-Beer and Assistant Dean for Family Medicine Associate Professor Wong Teck Yee.

From left to right: Prof Ferenczi, Prof Boey, Assoc Prof Low-Beer and Assoc Prof Tham answered questions from prospective students and their parents about the School at the first high tea session; a prospective student posing a question to the panel during the second high tea session

From left to right: Prof Ferenczi and Assoc Prof Low-Beer interacting with a parent during the high tea session on 10 May; Assoc Prof Chin Jing Jih, Assistant Dean for Integrated Care and Prof Chee interacting with a parent after the high tea session on 24 May

Parents and students who were keen to find out what sets LKCMedicine apart fielded a wide range of questions. Prospective students also learnt about the robust quality assurance policies and procedures that have been jointly developed between LKCMedicine and the School's London Office to ensure that the joint Imperial and NTU MBBS degree is of the highest quality.