By Nicole Lim, Assistant Director, Communications & External Relations
It has been a flurry of activity at LKCMedicine over the past few months. It was not just the preparations for the Class of 2019 that kept the faculty and staff busy, but also continued interest from other universities and schools in LKCMedicine’s novel mobile and paperless pedagogy.
After the School’s annual presentation of its curriculum and pedagogy to the principals of several schools, junior colleges and polytechnics, several asked for more insights into the teaching approach and technology that supports it.
River Valley High School, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Raffles Girls’ School all sent teams of teachers to experience first-hand the technology-enhanced Team-Based Learning (TBL) that LKCMedicine offers. These tailored sessions provided valuable insights on how standard lectures can be converted into a TBL format. The teachers were very impressed with the use of technology and the School’s efforts to deepen learning and actively engage students in a truly vibrant environment.
Teachers from River Valley High School (left) and Raffles Girls' School (right) trying their hand at Team-Based Learning
LKCMedicine also hosted key leadership from Imperial College London and other universities. Imperial’s first Provost Professor James Stirling CBE FRS, who came for a two-day visit in June, observed two sessions – a clinical encounters session and a TBL session on skin pigmentation – showing him the versatility of TBL. Imperial’s Vice President for Innovation & Development Professor David Gann, who was in town in July for an Imperial alumni event, also made a point of stopping by LKCMedicine to gain insights into its novel approach to education and the development of its state-of-the-art teaching facilities.
Senior leadership from Newcastle University, including its Chancellor Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, also visited the School. Sharing their experiences of setting up a new medical school in Malaysia, the visitors and hosts engaged in lively discussions about the challenges of delivering an innovative medical curriculum.
The LKCMedicine team introducing the School's innovative pedagogy to Newcastle University Chancellor Prof Sir Liam Donaldson (left) and Imperial College London Provost Prof James Stirling (right)
Visits do not just focus on the School’s educational and technological innovations, but also its research achievements, giving rise to new collaborations, including most recently with the Institute for Sports Research, a joint research entity founded by Loughborough University and NTU.
Together with presentations and workshops at international conferences, such peer-to-peer engagement helps cement LKCMedicine’s reputation as a world-class medical school.