On Friday, 11 April 2014, LKCMedicine welcomed the Minister for Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat, at its Novena campus. Senior Vice-Dean Professor Jenny Higham and Executive Vice-Dean for Administration Professor Lionel Lee received the Minister, who was accompanied by Permanent Secretary for Education Ms Chan Lai Fung, Deputy Secretary for Policy Mr Lam Yi Young, Higher Education Director Mr John Lim, Senior Head for Policy Dr Veronica Oh and Manager (Policy), Higher Education Ms Lim Phey Wa.
After an update of the latest developments at the School by Prof Higham, Vice-Dean for Education Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer shared the highlights from the School’s innovative curriculum. E-Learning & IT Services Director Mr Paul Gagnon breathed life into the curriculum by showing how IT is being used to enhance learning.
After the updates, the programme became hands-on to match the School’s approach to teaching. Mr Heng was first led to the Seminar Room to see Team-Based Learning (TBL) in action. After observing the TBL session, the Minister heard from students directly how they feel about this teaching method. It was then on to the medical library where an anatomy practical was being showcased, led by Assistant Deans Assistant Professor Dinesh Srinivasan and Associate Professor Tham Kum Ying. Asst Prof Srinivasan first gave the Minister an introduction to the gross anatomy of the heart and aorta on a plastinated specimen. Then, under the watchful eye of Lead for Pathology Assistant Professor Nandini Rao, Mr Heng peered through the microscope at cardiac muscles and arterial walls; followed by X-ray images and live ultrasound scans of the chest under the guidance of Assistant Professor Tan Cher Heng, Lead for Anatomy & Radiology and Assoc Prof Tham.
The Minister and his delegation were then given a sneak peek of a clinical skills lesson by Assistant Dean for Family Medicine Associate Professor Wong Teck Yee, together with Clinical Communication Training & Student Welfare Assistant Dean Dr Tanya Tierney and Lead for Practical Skills Mrs Ramani Saravanan. After giving an introduction on the use of Simulation at LKCMedicine, they walked the Minister through a clinical skills session where a simulated patient (SP) required stitches. The Minister got the chance to test his bedside skills while stapling a prosthetic cut on the SP.
Having had the chance to experience the different aspects of the School’s teaching methods and talk to the students, the Minister shared his feedback and observations with the LKCMedicine team.
After a group photo to mark the occasion, faculty, students and staff got to mingle with the Minister and his delegation at a canapé reception at the Toh Kian Chui Annex before waving the Minister off.