By Poon Yee Jun, Class of 2020
On 23 August 2017, the annual Community Involvement Project (CIP) Fair was held for the first time at the Clinical Sciences Building. A strong crowd of students turned up for the fair, which showcased 14 local and six overseas CIP projects.
Organised by the LKCMedicine Medical Society CIP committee, the fair was a good opportunity for all students, and especially the Year 1s, to find out more about each CIP, local and overseas, and to decide which best suits their interest and schedule.
Prior to the event, an information booklet about all CIPs was sent to all students for them to familiarise themselves with the opportunities available and prepare their questions ahead of the fair.
In addition to student-manned booths, this year, we also invited staff members of Voluntary Welfare Organisations to share more about their organisations. This allowed us to introduce new CIP opportunities such as with Ren Ci and HCA Hospice Care.
After a quick sharing session by the various CIPs about their projects, participants were free to visit the various booths. A new initiative by the CIP committee this year was to improve the booth set-up by encouraging all CIP teams to put up posters to share information on their project better.
At the fair, students had the opportunity to sign up for CIPs of their choice, and the response we received was overwhelming. We had 192 students sign up for CIPs on the day and we hope that this desire to serve the community lasts throughout medical school and into their careers as doctors.
The Project Davao team gets ready to make its case to attract sign ups from the student body