Aparajita Panda (fourth from left) and her fellow elective students with
Associate Professor Wong Teck Yee, Assistant Dean, Family Medicine (far right)
In April 2015, five Year 6 MBBS students from Imperial College London embarked upon an eye-opening month learning the practice of medicine in Singapore, under the LKCMedicine Elective Programme.
The students visited Dover Park Hospice and Bukit Batok Polyclinic to observe the practice of medicine in Singapore. They then embarked on clinical placements at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, KK Women's and Children's Hospital and Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic. The clinical specialties for the clinical placements included Neonatal and Development Medicine, Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Diabetes, Thyroid and Endocrinology, Otorhinolaryngology and Primary Care.
Neha Aparajiya Panda, one of the students, shares her experience, "I had the pleasure of spending four weeks of my medical elective in Singapore. The induction week was a great welcome to this beautiful country, and we managed to pack a lot in; learning about the Singaporean healthcare system, exploring local sights with second year LKCMedicine students, and also visiting a local polyclinic.
"I spent the next three weeks at KK Women's and Children's Hospital. I had heard great things about this specialist institution and I was not disappointed during my placement there. I had the opportunity to explore the fields of paediatric endocrinology, cardiology and emergency medicine, partaking in a range of ward rounds, clinics and ICU rounds. I met and examined a variety of patients along the way.
"I was impressed by the efficiency with which the medical staff worked, and the availability of high-tech equipment which assisted during patient consultations. This included an automated robotic system for the delivery of inpatient food!
"I had a fantastic experience and would like to thank all the incredibly helpful hospital staff, particularly my supervisor Professor Yap, and of course the organisers at LKCMedicine too. Thank you!"