October 2014 | ISSUE 14
LKCMedicine inducts second cohort with official White Coat Ceremony

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The 78 students who make up LKCMedicine’s second cohort donned their white coats for the first time on 13 August 2014, officially initiating them into the medical course at the School.

In front of their parents, friends and senior leadership from NTU, Imperial and LKCMedicine, the Class of 2019 accepted their white coats from LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best at the School of Art, Design & Media Auditorium. The ceremony was presided over by LKCMedicine Governing Board and Agency for Science, Technology and Research Chairman Mr Lim Chuan Poh.

During his speech, Mr Lim reiterated the School’s commitment to deliver a world-class education through an innovative curriculum. He said, “As we celebrate today, the focus of LKCMedicine remains to ensure that you will get the best medical education possible here. To this end, the School is leaving no stones unturned. We hire the best faculty locally and internationally to deliver an innovative curriculum and pedagogy that incorporates a team-based teaching approach, early clinical exposure, extensive use of simulation, E-Learning and technology, together with state-of-the-art facilities.”

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Prof Best marked the start of his term as Dean of LKCMedicine with the second cohort of students (left); Mr Lim delivering the Keynote Address (right)

The Class of 2019 are some of the brightest students in Singapore, most of whom scored three As or more at GCE A Levels or who had near perfect International Baccalaureate scores. They also aced their BMAT and stood out at the School’s Multiple Mini Interviews.

NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said it is heartening to see so many bright Singapore students making LKCMedicine their first choice.

“The medical school has continued to attract the very best students from Singapore, who wish to commit their lives to medicine and be among the pioneers to go through our world-class medical education developed jointly with Imperial College London,” said Prof Andersson.

“We will train them not just in cutting-edge medical knowledge, but also in interdisciplinary modules such as those from business, bioengineering and humanities to develop them into well-rounded healthcare professionals.”

Prof Best, who marked the start of his term with the students, said, “I am delighted to mark the start of the medical journey for the Class of 2019, our second cohort. All of them have met the astonishingly high standards to gain admission and we thank them for entrusting their training to us.

“In return, we will provide them with opportunities to learn from the most outstanding professors using the most innovative tools. Throughout their time with us, we will reinforce the clinical importance of what they learn, and cultivate in our students a patient-centred approach to the practice of medicine. The conferment of the white coat, which will be used throughout the medical course, symbolises their acceptance as junior members of the medical profession and their first step on the journey towards becoming a first-rate doctor.”

At the ceremony, the students also received a copy of Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine by British historian Roy Porter from Imperial’s Vice-President for Health Professor Dermot Kelleher.
LKCMedicine Senior Vice-Dean Professor Jenny Higham then led the students to recite the Declaration of a New Medical Student, where they pledged to practise medicine with integrity, humility, honesty and compassion, without discrimination of gender, race and religion.

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Students received their white coats and a copy of Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine from Prof Best and Prof Kelleher 

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Prof Higham led the students in reciting the
Declaration of a New Medical Student which serves as an early reminder to the medical students to be caring, ethical and responsible

Giving the closing remarks, NHG Chief Executive Officer Professor Chee Yam Cheng highlighted the patient-centred focus of the LKCMedicine curriculum. “Moving away from the traditional structure of medical curricula, LKCMedicine has built its learning journey around the patient and the application of medical knowledge. These clinical encounters modules start early. The Hospital and Polyclinic Weeks in the second month of the first year, allow students to focus on the patient experience of the healthcare system. These aim to inculcate in you, an appreciation of the patient’s perspective – how to talk with them, learn their concerns and issues, their hopes and fears,” said Prof Chee.

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During his Closing Address, Prof Chee highlighted the patient-centred focus of the School's curriculum