By Dr James Stratford-MartinCurriculum Development Lead
On behalf of LKCMedicine's London Office, I would like to wish everyone a happy lunar new year and extend our very best wishes.
2015 saw a significant level of academic, structural and experiential development at LKCMedicine, with cohort sizes and faculty numbers continuing to grow. The facilities and resources also grew and adapted to larger numbers of staff and students. The school transitioned its inaugural cohort to the exciting and challenging world of clinical training and welcomed an increasing number of experienced clinical educators. The collaboration between NTU and Imperial was further strengthened by two LKCMedicine faculty visits to London, where best practice and education research was shared to optimise and develop curricula in both Singapore and the UK.
And this year is expected to be busier still. In January, members of the London Office team and Head of Year 3 at Imperial Dr Sarvesh Saini visited Singapore to meet with faculty and present their research findings at the Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC). It is always a great pleasure to see in person our friends and colleagues at LKCMedicine with whom we liaise with on a weekly basis by email and video conference.
At every visit, we are always impressed by the speed and quality of progress made by the institution and this visit was no exception. Faculty meetings were combined with site visits (including the jaw-dropping Experimental Medicine Building) and an inspiring guest lecture by Dr Sunil Chandy.
The APMEC conference was the best I have attended so far and the whole team returned to London full of enthusiasm and new ideas to enhance medical education using the very latest approaches. As always, we are very grateful for the kind hospitality of LKCMedicine faculty and look forward to welcoming some of them back to London later in the year.
2016 will continue to see rapid expansion of the LKCMedicine MBBS programme, and in the London Office, we are continuing work on collaborative enhancement of the curriculum. Several further visits to Singapore are planned, trips that will include senior members of the Imperial medical school, including Head of Undergraduate School Mr Martin Lupton.
We are very honoured and proud to be part of this wonderful joint medical school and will continue to work with our Singapore-based colleagues to optimise the learning experience for students, staff and patients.