By Wahida Hussain
The message rang loud and clear at NTU’s Open House on 9 March 2013. LKCMedicine is ready for its first intake in August.
The School was greeted with keen interest from prospective students and their families during the one day event, as hundreds visited its NTU premises at the Research Techno Plaza to experience exciting and colourful highlights of the School’s unique teaching methodologies.
For example, interactive demos of Team Based Learning (TBL) and eLearning on iPads led by Dr Preman Rajalingam and Mr Paul Gagnon kept them curious about LKCMedicine's unique pedagogy. A simulation scenario of a heart attack presented by Dr Jason Maroothynaden and Dr Tanya Tierney provided visitors a glimpse into the life of an LKCMedicine student.
The School also presented many other informative showcases including talks by Senior Vice-Dean Professor Martyn Partridge, a Dialogue with the Doctors chaired by Vice-Dean (Clinical Affairs) Associate Professor Pang Weng Sung featuring both experienced and new doctors, information booths and hands-on medical science displays by the School’s research team headed by Assistant Dean Professor Michael Ferenczi – all of which provided visitors a holistic overview of how the School is set to redefine medicine and transform healthcare.
Not surprisingly, the School’s innovative pedagogy has captured the hearts and imaginations of many.
One such person is Malaysian student, Chai You Pheng, who skipped Saturday classes and crossed the Causeway to check out the hype and hobnob with the faculty and staff. When asked if the School is ready for business, the 18 year old replied: “Definitely!”