2017 is a major milestone year for us at LKCMedicine. The medical school’s dual campus – in Yunnan Gardens and Novena – is finally completed and the School will hold its official opening in August. We will also welcome our fifth cohort of 120 students in August, and with them, we will for the first time have students across all five years of our MBBS programme.
With the Clinical Sciences Building in use, our innovative curriculum is being delivered in spaces that were custom built to support it. The Centre for Clinical Simulation creates an immersive, life-like learning environment for students practising their clinical skills, while our Anatomy Learning Centre, where 11 alcoves are distributed around a central teaching core, allows students to observe what is being demonstrated as well as work in groups in their alcoves.
These new facilities have all been designed to support our team-based approach to learning – whether that’s during integrated learning sessions, communication skills training or anatomy practicals – because we strongly believe that the doctors of tomorrow have to be excellent team players, who know when to lead and when to let others take the lead.
With the emphasis on individual contribution to the team, we also inculcate the habit of self-directed learning, for each member of the team is responsible for its success, and with the ever-increasing rate of medical discovery and new knowledge, this skill has never been more important.
While many of our facilities have been built to help our students excel in their studies, we also want them to have the space to relax and get to know each other outside of the classroom. Each of our dedicated student Houses has its own room, giving students the opportunity to forge friendships that will last well beyond the medical school years. We also have recreational facilities – a gym, dance hall, and music room where our talented musicians can practise to their hearts’ content.
No medical school would be complete without advancing medical knowledge through cutting-edge research to address significant health problems. With ties to the academic research environment of NTU – with excellence in engineering, biosciences and humanities – LKCMedicine makes full use of the Experimental Medicine Building on the NTU campus for its multi-disciplinary research programme. The Clinical Sciences Building connects LKCMedicine with the clinical world in Novena HealthCity and beyond, positioning us ideally to bring discoveries to benefit patients. In the near future, the Clinical Sciences Building will physically connect the School with Tan Tock Seng Hospital via a skybridge to the Centre for Healthcare Innovation. Situated at the heart of the Novena HealthCity, we will be a leader in clinically significant research.
Our young school provides a vibrant and supportive environment, where students can develop into professionals – the doctors whom you and I would like to have caring for us and for our families; where students can master the science and art of medicine and at the same time build new traditions, and contribute to community projects and school life.
Just as we look forward to our inaugural cohort’s graduation in 2018, we are also excited to welcome our newest students in August. Will you be one of them?
James D. Best