Falling into step with the Taiko drummers’ steady beat, LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best strode out of LKCMedicine’s heritage Headquarters building onto the Plaza of the new Clinical Sciences Building (CSB), officially marking the School’s move to the new building on 21 November.
After much anticipation, LKCMedicine celebrated the state of readiness of the latest addition to its dual campus, with more than 200 students, faculty and staff gathered to witness the milestone. Following Prof Best’s arrival, the Taiko Drums Troupe from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) continued with a rousing performance, filling the three-storey high Plaza with life.
L-R: MINDS Taiko Drum Troupe welcomes senior leadership atthe CSB Plaza; Prof Best snaps a 360 degree photo
As the echoes of the drums rang out, the crowd huddled in a circle, marking the occasion with a 360 degree photo taken by Prof Best himself. The crowd then moved into the building, settling into the plush seats of the auditorium, where they were reminded by a tongue-in-cheek video just how much this day meant to them.
Referring to the video which captured students, staff and faculty’s long but patient wait for the new building, Prof Best quoted 18th Century Swiss-born French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau who observed that, “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
Prof Best went on to outline his ambitions for the School, saying, “As well as being a welcoming home to the entire LKCMedicine family, the Clinical Sciences Building is a symbol of our ambition to bridge the gulf between pre-clinical research or studies with the clinical world. In the future, the Clinical Sciences Building will physically integrate the School with Novena HealthCity – via skybridge to the Centre for Healthcare Innovation on Level 5 and through the basement carpark. Situated at the heart of the Novena HealthCity, LKCMedicine will act as a catalyst for clinically significant discoveries and innovations in teaching.”
Prof Best welcomes everyone to CSB (left); student performances by Littmann's Classic III (middle) and MedLee (right) delight the audience
The audience was then treated to a soulful rendition of “Put Your Records On”, performed by Littmann’s Classic III, a musical trio consisting of LKCMedicine students Lu Junde, How Jin Wei and Joanna Goh. LKCMedicine’s popular acapella group MedLee rounded up the stage performance, hyping the audience up with their rendition of two upbeat songs, “Rather Be” and “Happy”.
With everyone eager to see the many facilities for themselves, special tours of the 20-storey building were organised for all to see the state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities, such as the Centre for Clinical Simulation, which is tailor made for the School’s Integrated Clinical Practice sessions and Clinical Communication training.
The Anatomy Learning Centre was another highlight, featuring 11 alcoves arranged around a central teaching area and the Anatomy Resource Centre, which will be home to the donated pathological specimens from Imperial.
Everyone was wowed by the brand new Medical Library on the 20th floor, which offers stunning 360 degree views of the Singapore skyline. The library will boast an impressive collection of medical journals, textbooks and special collections such as the Medical Art Print Collection and will be accessible to the public when it opens early next year.
The celebration ended with a reception at the Multi-Purpose Hall on the eighth floor, where students, faculty and staff mingled and made themselves at home in their brand new dwelling.