June 2014 | ISSUE 12
Imperial Provost visits LKCMedicine and NTU

On 2 and 3 June 2014, LKCMedicine hosted Imperial College London Provost and LKCMedicine Governing Board Member Professor James Stirling CBE FRS on his first visit to the School. The two-day programme also saw NTU Vice-President of International Affairs Professor Er Meng Hwa host Prof Stirling at NTU on his second day here.

Prof Stirling visiting the Medical Library at the Toh Kian Chui Annex during the campus tour; and later interacting with Assoc Prof Pang Weng Sun, Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs, and Prof Chee Yam Cheng, Group CEO of the National Healthcare Group, during the Governing Board Meeting

On his first day here, Prof Stirling was welcomed by Executive Vice-Dean for Administration Professor Lionel Lee at the School’s Headquarters at its Novena Campus. Prof Lee and Corporate Services Senior Director Mr Chan Wei Chuen gave Prof Stirling a tour of LKCMedicine’s heritage building, along with updates on the exciting campus developments at the School and in the larger Novena area. This was followed by an introduction to the School’s technology-enabled Team-Based Learning (TBL) approach by E-Learning & IT Services Director Mr Paul Gagnon.

Prof Stirling then got the first of two live teaching experiences – observing a clinical encounters session. The teaching session was led by LKCMedicine Assistant Dean for Family Medicine Associate Professor Wong Teck Yee and content expert Associate Professor Chua Sze Hon, and was facilitated by Dr Jason Maroothynaden, Deputy Director & Head of Technology in Medical Education & Innovation.

Prof Stirling sitting in a clinical encounters session; Prof Stirling looking at the exhibit about the history of 11 Mandalay Road, the School's headquarters

This was followed up on his second day with observation of a TBL session on skin pigmentation by content experts Assoc Prof Chua and Dr Ng See Ket, facilitated by Dr Claire Canning, Lead for Introduction to Medical Sciences. After the TBL session, it was off to NTU for his last stop at LKCMedicine. Assistant Dean for Phase One Professor Michael Ferenczi introduced the School’s research and teaching facilities at Research Techno Plaza, accompanied by Assistant Dean for Examinations & Assessment (Phase One) Assistant Professor Dinesh Kumar Srinivasan, who showed Prof Stirling the School’s use of plastinated specimens and the Anatomage Table for anatomy teaching. Thereafter, Prof Er hosted Prof Stirling in several presentations on NTU, including a meeting with NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson. The visit left the Prof Stirling much impressed with the School’s progress and future plans for expansion.