February 2016 | Issue 22


LKCMedicine outreach activities in full swing


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By Rosli A Razak​
Senior Assistant Director, Communications & External Relations

Another busy year of outreach activities is already in full swing, with LKCMedicine leadership and faculty hosting more than 100 interested students and young researchers last month alone.

Kicking off the series of visits was a group of 77 students and five teachers from Victoria School and Cedar Girls' School, who visited the School's
Experimental Medicine Building (EMB) to find out more about LKCMedicine's innovative curriculum. The students were from the second batch of the Victoria Cedar Alliance Integrated Programme and their visit to NTU was part of a wider orientation programme to introduce the students to the full range of tertiary and career opportunities that await them after completing their GCE A-Level examinations.

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​L-R: Students from the Victoria​ Cedar Alliance Integrated Programme take part in TBL; and delegates of the 8th International Science Youth Forum @Singapore try out the simulated ageing suit used in teaching at LKCMedicine

Assistant Dean for Year 4 and Family Medicine Associate Professor Wong Teck Yee welcomed the group and gave an overview of the School's unique pedagogy and facilities, as well as what it takes to pursue a career in medicine. The students also got a taste of Team-Based Learning (TBL), through​ a mock session delivered by the Educational Development team and a tour of the teaching facilities at EMB.

The next day, LKCMedicine hosted 25 participants of the eight International Science Youth Forum @ Singapore (ISYF), an annual event jointly organised by NTU's Institute of Advanced Studies and Hwa Chong Institution. The participants were part of a 150-member delegation consisting of students and educators from schools from all over the world. The theme this year was
Communicating Science, through which participants were encouraged to explore the importance of and ways to effectively convey science.

Their visit to EMB kicked off with an introduction to LKCMedicine by Assistant Dean for Years 3 and 5 and Lead for Emergency Medicine Associate Professor Tham Kum Ying who spoke about the School's innovative curriculum, which ensures students have a firm foundation in the basic medical sciences whilst equipping them with the skills to practise medicine. Through a hands-on demonstration by Deputy Director and Head of Educational Development and TBL Facilitation Dr Preman Rajalingam, the participants were able to experience first-hand the School's TBL and e-learning environment. They also got to experience and understand how an elderly person experiences the world by donning age-simulation suits.

Rounding off the outreach activities for January was a visit by 16 bright young researchers from more than six countries, who came to EMB on 21 January. They were part of a group of 300 young scientists and researchers from around the world who took part in Singapore's fourth Global Young Scientist Summit (GYSS) 2016. GYSS is an annual summit that brings together young researchers and internationally recognised science and technology leaders from around the world.

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​Global Young Scientists Summit Singapore 2016 attendees are introduced to LKCMedicine by Executive Vice-Dean Prof Lionel Lee​

​Executive Vice-Dean for Administration Professor Lionel Lee gave the visitors a brief background of the School, before Scientific Director of Neuroscience and Mental Health and Professor of Translational Neuroscience Balázs Gulyás spoke about LKCMedicine's research strategy. The visit concluded with a tour of the laboratories, where the group had the opportunity to see some of the cutting-edge tools available to researchers at LKCMedicine.