October 2014 | ISSUE 14
LKCMedicine’s fifth Inspirational Lecture by the Lord Ara Darzi of Denham


Healthcare systems around the world are stretched to breaking point by burgeoning epidemics brought on by chronic diseases, longer lifespans and increasing costs. To avert a crisis, we need innovation, argued Imperial’s Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation Professor the Lord Ara Darzi of Denham at LKCMedicine’s fifth Inspirational Lecture.

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Prof Darzi, delivering the Inspirational Lecture on Innovation in Healthcare, addressed the need for innovation in the changing healthcare landscape

Hosted by LKCMedicine Senior Vice-Dean Professor Jenny Higham, Prof Darzi spoke about Innovation in Healthcare to some 150 secondary school students, clinicians and LKCMedicine staff, faculty and researchers on 1 September 2014 at the Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre.

Prof Darzi, who also holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial, the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research, said that we need to find fundamentally new ways of delivering care that are at both better and inexpensive. While this is clearly a challenge that has not yet been met, Prof Darzi focused on how innovation has been the key “disruptor” in society, citing innovations such as smartphones and keyhole surgery which have revolutionised the way we live.

The lecture coincided with the start of registration for the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT), a key admissions requirement for aspiring LKCMedicine students. Following the lecture, Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs Associate Professor Pang Weng Sun spoke about LKCMedicine’s innovative MBBS curriculum.

A question and answer session followed, chaired by Prof Higham with fellow panellists Assoc Prof Pang; Assistant Dean for Phase 1 Professor Michael Ferenczi; Assistant Dean for Phase 2 & 3 Associate Professor Tham Kum Ying and second-year student Joseph Wong.

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Aspiring medical students (right) had the opportunity to ask LKCMedicine panellists (left) questions about the School during the Inspirational Lecture