October 2018 | Issue 38
News roundup

Robust review of LKCMedicine strategy at 3rd management retreat
At the 3rd LKCMedicine management retreat held in Malacca over three days from September 19 to 21, some 60 faculty members and senior corporate staff reviewed the School’s achievements and looked into areas for improvement. The School’s overall strategy in education, research and funding was the focus with Dean Prof James Best starting Day 1 stating that while the successes are celebrated, the relationships and strategic challenges of this young medical school must not be overlooked. There were also meaningful discussions and presentations around the MBBS programme after the clarion call by Vice-Dean for Education Prof Naomi Low-Beer to everyone to contribute to the ongoing robust review of the MBBS programme for Years 1 and 2. The focus of Day 2 was delineating research strategy into eight different programmes facilitated by Assistant Dean for Research A/Prof Fabian Lim with input from Vice-Dean for Faculty Affairs Prof Michael Ferenczi. Day 3 started with an overview of the LKCMedicine finances after which guest presenter NIE International General Manager Dr Goh Chor Boon shared on monetising the NIE experience, expertise and reputation in education.

Setting up strategic collaborations through visits
In September, LKCMedicine hosted delegates from Thailand’s Prince of Songkla University and the University of Twente (UTwente), the Netherlands. LKCMedicine Executive Vice-Dean for Strategic Relations and International Affairs travelled to the University of Ryukyus in Okinawa to advance the MOU signed between the two medical schools, as well as to explore Ryukyus’ key research areas for potential collaboration.

BMAT drive
With the BMAT registration opening on 1 September, this period saw ramped-up outreach to prospective students by our outreach team working closely with NTU Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Learning journeys at LKCMedicine were organised and visits were made to several schools such as Hwa Chong Institution, SJI, ACS (I), ACJC, River Valley High School, Meridian Junior College, as well as Raffles Girls School. Alongside the roadshow, a new instructional video on signing up for BMAT was produced and a social media campaign “Being a doctor” featuring our first graduates, was posted on Facebook and Twitter throughout September. 

Year 1 students wrap up Hospital and Polyclinic Week
On September 3, LKCMedicine Year 1 students got their first taste of life in Singapore’s healthcare settings for Hospital and Polyclinic Week. In addition to existing partner institutions, students had the privilege of being posted to new clinical sites such as the NUH Paediatric department, SingHealth Punggol Polyclinic and NHGP’s Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic. The Week ended with students’ presenting A Patient’s Journey at the Toh Kian Chui Lecture Theatre.