The weekend quiet of a university campus in the midst of exams was broken on Saturday, 7 May, by the hustle and bustle at LKCMedicine’s Experimental Medicine Building which played host to a high tea session for prospective students of the School’s fourth cohort.
Hosted by LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best, the event was held for the first time at LKCMedicine’s custom-built learning facilities to give students and their parents greater insights into life as an LKCMedicine student. For those who had not previously had the chance to experience LKCMedicine’s teaching pedagogy, the School put on a special pre-event programme that included mini Team-Based Learning sessions and hands-on science experiments and anatomy practicals.
Future LKCMedicine students and their parents participate in a Team-Based Learning session
After the pre-event hands-on interactions, the more than 350 guests made their way to the Collaboration Space on Level 3, which was transformed into a welcoming seminar and tea reception venue for the formal programme. The audience of prospective students and parents were joined by a special guest, NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson.
Giving his welcome address, Prof Best congratulated the prospective students, who had come out top in the tough competition for places. More than 800 students had applied for a place in LKCMedicine’s fourth cohort. Prof Best went on to highlight the uniqueness of the offer they had received. He said, “We offer a world class medical education, designed for Singapore and developed by Imperial College, which is ranked as one of the top medical schools in the world. As our students, you will graduate with a joint degree from NTU and Imperial. That qualification will be highly regarded around the world.”
LKCMedicine Dean Prof James Best addresses prospective students and their parents at the LKCMedicine High Tea 2016
Prof Andersson, who took to the stage next, echoed this. He also reminded students of the commitment they make in undertaking a medical education. He said, “In donning your white coat, it will be for life – to serve with a strong sense of professionalism, public service values and ethics – and I hope you will set a fine example for future generations of students.”
LKCMedicine Vice-Dean for Education Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer followed by talking about the highlights of the world-class medical education that students receive at LKCMedicine before Year 3 students, Brenton Sio and Ang Jia Wei, spoke about how the School has prepared them for their chosen profession.
After a tea break, during which guests, LKCMedicine leadership, faculty and students mingled and chatted freely, Chair of the introDOCtion 2016 organising committee Sekar Sree Harish took to the stage to give his prospective juniors a teaser of what lies in store during freshmen orientation.
LKCMedicine leadership, faculty and students mingle with future students and parents
The programme then shifted to the unique partnership that underpins the School. Sharing his experience of the inaugural student exchange at Imperial, Year 2 student Melvin Lim told the audience about what he gained from the exchange in London as well as what life outside the classroom back in Singapore is like. He was followed by a speaker who had travelled all the way from London, Associate Dean and Head of Undergraduate Medicine at Imperial College London Mr Martin Lupton, who took to the stage to offer more information about the ties and exchanges between the two sister schools.
Having heard from the School leadership, faculty and students, it was now time for guests to get the chance to have their burning questions answered. Hosted by Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs Associate Professor Pang Weng Sun, the panel comprised Assoc Prof Low-Beer, the School’s Assistant Deans and Mr Lupton. The panel answered a wide range of questions including ones about availability of scholarships and financial assistance and opportunities for graduates.
Panel of faculty members answer questions from the audience
With the Q&A, the jam-packed programme came to a close, but many stayed behind to ask a few more questions.
The day’s programme impressed many – both students and parents alike. When asked what he found most appealing about LKCMedicine, one prospective student said, “It’s quite innovative and has a very different way of teaching compared with other universities, especially the team based aspect. It does seem like a very effective way to get the students to internalise what they learn rather than simply have it in a lecture style.”
Parents, too, found the new approach to teaching interesting. One father said, “Compared with the traditional lecture tutorial method, I think this is much more practice-oriented, which will probably produce a doctor who can perform better in real life.”