April 2015 | ISSUE 17

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LKCMedicine attracts growing number of top A-Level students

​From more than 800 applications, LKCMedicine shortlisted some 350 candidates to attend the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) over two weekends this month. MMIs are the final hurdle that students have to clear before being offered a place at the School. They are competing for one of the 90 places available in LKCMedicine's third cohort.

While overall interest in the School's innovative MBBS programme has remained steady, the number of A-Level applicants has increased considerably. A-Level holders now account for close to 70 per cent of applicants, compared to 64 per cent last year.

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During the MMIs,​​ candidates begin outside one of the eight stations before given time to read and reflect on the scenarios placed outside the stations​.

The objective of the MMIs, which run from 11 to 21 April at the Nanyang Executive Centre at NTU, is to assess candidates' aptitude and capability to successf​ully complete the MBBS programme. Candidates complete a timed circuit of eight stations. Stations include role-playing, discussions of different scenarios. The registration, time-keeping and assessment are all recorded electronically via one central app.

More than 40 LKCMedicine faculty, clinicians and lay people are involved in this year's MMIs. They have all been trained on LKCMedicine's code of conduct and interview techniques to ensure standardised and fair assessment.