December 2016 | Issue 27
News roundup

NTU President wins top national honour
NTU may be known for engineering, but its president Professor Bertil Andersson has steered it into two new fields: environmental sciences and medicine. In 2013, NTU set up LKCMedicine in a partnership with Imperial College London; and in 2014, NTU's Asian School of the Environment welcomed its first batch of students. For his instrumental role in transforming NTU into a world-class university and setting up the medical school, Prof Andersson was awarded the 2016 President’s Science & Technology Medal by President of the Republic of Singapore Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam on 19 October.

 

LKCMedicine students start rotations at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
Since August 2016, a group of LKCMedicine Year 3 students embarked on their medicine and surgery postings at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. This is the first time that Year 3 students complete key postings outside of Tan Tock Seng Hospital, LKCMedicine’s primary partner teaching hospital. This further increases students’ exposure to other healthcare sites and complements postings to the Institute of Mental Health, KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Ang Mo Kio – Thye Hua Kwan Hospital, NHG Polyclinics and private GPs under the Raffles Medical Group in Year 4.

 

LKCMedicine hosts visits from academia and industry to drive collaborations
The last three months saw LKCMedicine’s internationalisation efforts in full swing. Visitors included delegations from various medical schools in Myanmar, the US’s University of Nebraska Medical Centre, China’s Zhejiang University School of Medicine, the Philippine’s Davao Medical School Foundation, IBM Watson and Imperial College London, all of whom keen to explore opportunities to learn more from one another and form research collaborations.

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Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial Professor Gavin Screaton visited LKCMedicine and NTU together with Vice-Dean for Research Professor Jonathan Weber to deepen the research collaborations between the two institutions, who already collaborate very closely over the MBBS programme delivered by LKCMedicine.

The IBM Watson International Project team visited to the School in a follow up to the visit to their US Headquarters by the School’s senior leadership earlier this year. The IBM Watson team was keen to learn more about the School’s expertise and facilities that could support innovative research collaborations in the fields of artificial intelligence and improved learning.

LKCMedicine also hosted Academy of Medicine, Singapore (AMS) Distinguished Academician Visiting Expert 2016 Professor Ian Curran, a multi-award winning senior professional leader, clinician and academic. Now responsible for education policy development at the UK General Medical Council (GMC), the visitor and hosts engaged in lively discussions.

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Coffee chat with NTU
NTU hosted an interactive introductory session for more than 290 polytechnic students who are eligible for the Early Admissions and Scholarship Exercise and their parents at Marina Bay Sands on 19 November. The event kicked off with NTU Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Prof Tan Ooi Kiang delivering a keynote address about NTU. His address was followed by a presentation by Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Mr Alan Phua. After the session, attendees were treated to a tea reception where potential students and their parents had the opportunity to engage with representatives from the various College under the NTU umbrella, including NTU Senate Chair and LKCMedicine Assistant Dean for Years 1 & 2 Prof Michael Ferenczi and staff on the innovations of the School.

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LKCMedicine students shine at the 2nd Medical Students’ Pathology Quiz
On 4 November, nine LKCMedicine Year 2 students took part in SingHealth’s 2nd Medical Students’ Pathology Quiz. Split into three teams, the students pitted their skills and knowledge against each other and teams from Duke-NUS and NUS Medicine. After fierce competition, Team 6, consisting of Jonathan Koo Guo An, Jimmy Ming Hong and Christopher Chua Ze Xin, came second while Team 4, comprising Ng Wei Xiang, Chan Zhi Yi and Tan Khee Ming, clinched third place. The top spot went to a team from NUS Medicine.

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LKCMedicine InterHouse Sports Day
On 2 November, the five LKCMedicine Houses gathered for the showdown of the year at the NTU Sports and Recreation Centre. Dressed in their House colours, House representatives battled it out to claim the title of House Champion, competing with each other at various games including Football, Frisbee, Captain’s Ball and Dodgeball. Despite the bad weather, participants played hard on the field. At the end of the day, Lim Boon Keng House emerged as House Champion.