June 2018 | Issue 36

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First impressions of LKCMedicine

Keeling Emma_edit.jpgBy Emma Keeling, Deputy Academic Lead (Collaborative Partnerships)

Having taught at Imperial College London for the past 5 years, I have closely followed the progress and achievements of LKCMedicine. I was delighted to join the London Office of LKCMedicine in March this year and was very excited to have the opportunity to visit the School in May. 

My week started with a tour of the new Clinical Sciences Building in Novena. Every aspect of the building had been so well thought through and the innovative incorporation of technology into teaching was evident.  The Anatomy Learning Centre is particularly impressive, especially the Anatomage table that uses cutting-edge technology to enhance learning, and how clinical findings are integrated with anatomy teaching. 

I also had the pleasure of visiting Bukit Batok Polyclinic and discussing the delivery of primary care in Singapore with Associate Professor Wong Teck Yee. Having multiple services in one physical space provides not only a comprehensive service for patients but also a varied, rich and authentic learning experience for our students. As a Family Medicine clinician myself, the visit to the polyclinic gave fascinating insights into the similarities and differences between our two healthcare systems and how we can learn from one another.   

During my visit I attended the Jenny Higham Collaboration Award Presentation Ceremony and was delighted to award one of the prizes. I was very impressed by the students' work and pleased to see the different ways in which LKCMedicine and Imperial students were collaborating. It was also encouraging to see that a lot of these collaborations had begun early during the students' undergraduate journey. Many had sprung out of the exchange programme in Year 2, with students forming ongoing working relationships thereafter. 

The final event in my visit was the High Tea. It was great to meet the incoming group of medical students and their families and to hear about why they have chosen LKCMedicine. Hearing Distinguished University Professor Subra Suresh talk about the meeting of medicine, arts and science at NTU, and the impact of technology in the future of higher education, was inspiring and impactful. Listening to the first cohort of doctors presenting their reflections at the High Tea on their time at LKCMedicine with such pride and energy was very moving. It is clear that the School has much it can be proud of, including the creation of positive, life-long memories for our students.

Indeed, one aspect of LKCMedicine that I found particularly impressive was student welfare. The House system offers students a real sense of belonging and a good relationship with their house tutor, which can be difficult to maintain with large student numbers. Both this approach and the physical spaces provided give students the support and environment they need to excel, despite the challenges of a medical undergraduate course.

I was so warmly welcomed by both faculty and students, and I would like to extend my thanks to all for this. I was immensely impressed by all the students I met, and their dedication to a career in medicine as well as their evident pride in being a LKCMedicine student. I look forward to returning and having further opportunity to experience life in the School and in Singapore – particularly the local cuisine!