February 2015 | ISSUE 16
Getting a feel for medicine and surgery

For some 400 aspiring doctors, the lesson of the day was hardly a textbook case. They had the opportunity to observe a ‘live’ surgery without having to step into a hospital.

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Aspiring medical students attending the sixth LKCMedicine Inspirational Lecture; Student-attendees get a feel for using touch to explore the abdomen with the guidance of surgeons from Tan Tock Seng Hospital

The mock surgery was part of a lecture demonstration on the science of touch by two LKCMedicine visiting professors, Imperial’s Professor of Surgical Education & Engagement Science Roger Kneebone and Reader in Surgical Graphics & Computing Associate Professor Fernando Bello.

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Prof Roger Kneebone (third from right), Assoc Prof Fernando Bello (third from left) and their team from Imperial bring to life the importance of touch in medicine and surger

Attended by prospective students and teachers from junior colleges, IB schools and polytechnics, the demonstration was part of the sixth LKCMedicine Inspirational Lecture held on 31 January at the School’s Lecture Theatre at Novena.

Using a simulated operating theatre, the demonstration came complete with a prosthetic patient that not only looked but felt like the real thing. Students were called upon to answer questions and interact with the surgical team throughout the demonstration.

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Student-attendees get to try their hand at a range of clinical skills and to talk to LKCMedicine students, faculty and staff

Following the demonstration, students had the chance to try their hand at a series of interactive stations, which included demonstrations of lipoma removal, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and collection of blood samples.