By Roxy Hughes, Collaboration Project Administrator
Imperial Faculty of Medicine
From electives to exchanges, from collaborative awards to overseas community involvement projects, it is my responsibility as Collaboration Project Administrator within the London Office of LKCMedicine to coordinate these many student engagement activities in collaboration with my counterparts in Singapore.
One of these activities is the LKCMedicine-Imperial Student Exchange Programme for second-year medical students. The programme aims to build lasting relationships and friendships between peers across the two schools. We are currently planning the third year of the programme, which will include a range of teaching, clinical and social activities, including unique London experiences. The diverse programme of activities provides LKCMedicine students with a taste of student life at Imperial’s School of Medicine. Later in the year, Imperial students will travel to Singapore in a reciprocal visit to LKCMedicine.
LKCMedicine and Imperial students take part in a practical session as part of the Exchange Programme in March 2017
In previous years, LKCMedicine students have attended Thorax Anatomy teaching (including both dissection and living anatomy), observed Year 5 GP placements and been on a tour to the top of the Queen’s Tower. Imperial students have attended Team-Based Learning (TBL) sessions, undertaken clinical postings at Tan Tock Seng Hospital and visited Marina Bay Sands. We’re still in the midst of planning the experience for the next exchange in early 2018, which will see 25 Year 2 students from LKCMedicine visiting us.
Another opportunity for students to collaborate has been introduced through the Professor Jenny Higham Award. I am Imperial’s administrative point of contact for the Award and assist Imperial students with arrangements for collaborative projects with students from LKCMedicine. This year, there are six collaborative projects funded by the inaugural Professor Jenny Higham Awards, including research and community projects.
In July, two Imperial students joined LKCMedicine students on Overseas Community Involvement Programmes in the Philippines and Cambodia, which one of the students described as an "amazing opportunity". We hope to see an increasing number of our students working together to develop innovative, student-led collaborative projects in the coming years.
Imperial and LKCMedicine both run elective programmes to host students from each other’s institutions. It seems only recently that we said goodbye to the first cohort of LKCMedicine elective students at Imperial, but we have already begun planning for next year’s electives. In 2018, we are extending the Imperial elective opportunity to an even greater number of students from our partner institution, with up to 35 students joining us in London at the beginning of the next academic year.
LKCMedicine elective students with staff from Imperial College School of Medicine and Imperial partner hospitals
We are looking forward to welcoming more LKCMedicine students to Imperial in the new year and deepening the international bond between our great institutions.