February 2014| ISSUE 10
London Calling

 

 

Paul Ratcliffe
Deputy Faculty Education Officer and Singapore Project Manager

The London Office of Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) is Imperial’s hub for all activity relating to LKCMedicine. We have recently celebrated our third birthday, having been formally opened in January 2011 by His Excellency Mr Michael Eng Cheng Teo, the Singapore High Commissioner to the United Kingdom at the time.

Singapore is a very high profile project for Imperial so it was only right that we invested in a bespoke space. The office was designed and renovated specifically for the Singapore Project and is equipped with state of the art video-conferencing facilities which allow us to maintain daily contact with our colleagues in Singapore. The view of some of London’s most eminent landmarks such as the London Eye and ‘Big Ben’ is definitely a perk, especially for our Singaporean colleagues when they visit.

LKCMedicine London Office Team

The academic responsibilities of the Office are overseen by Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer who is also LKCMedicine’s Vice- Dean, Education and the administrative, operational and project responsibilities are overseen by myself. Home to a core team of 14, the Office is responsible for developing the curriculum, liaising with LKCMedicine on the development of the academic governance and regulations, quality management, and managing Imperial’s obligations in relation to the collaboration.

Aside from the core team, we also currently have an additional 86 people contributing to our work - an indication of the tremendous support we enjoy from the wider Imperial community. We are making good progress in the development and recording of the Year 2 curriculum for Team-Based Learning (TBL) preparatory material, with the curriculum team also working on the review of questions for the summative examinations and the TBL sessions.

We will soon be turning our attention to Phase 2 of the course, working closely with our colleagues in Singapore to ensure that the curriculum is appropriately contextualised to local healthcare needs and meets the requirements of the Singapore Medical Council.