June 2016 | Issue 24
London calling


By Paul Ratcliffe
Deputy Director of Education Management, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial


I was delighted to be part of a delegation from Imperial who flew to Singapore for the High Tea event last month – it was such a vibrant atmosphere as students holding an offer to join LKCMedicine sampled some of the new and innovative teaching methods the School has introduced. Faculty were on-hand to talk to students and parents about what they could expect as students at LKCMedicine and answer any questions. There were also presentations from senior faculty from Imperial and the NTU President. Despite being well versed with all of the innovation at LKCMedicine, I could not fail to continue to be impressed!

In London, we welcome back Dr Anna Romito from maternity leave to the position of Curriculum Development Lead, taking over from Dr James Stratford-Martin. Dr Romito and the curriculum team are currently working closely with colleagues at LKCMedicine and Tan Tock Seng Hospital on the preparation of the inaugural Year 5, which is on-track to be completed well in advance of August 2017. Dr Jaita Mukherjee will remain in the position of Deputy Curriculum Development Lead.

Dr Stratford-Martin has been appointed Head of Year 5 at Imperial from early July and will therefore reduce his involvement with LKCMedicine. However, he will continue to be involved for some time to advise and allow the collaboration to benefit from his experience and long-term involvement.

This is also my last column, as after nine years, I am leaving Imperial for a new position at St George’s University of London. I have been involved with the collaboration since the very beginning back in 2009 and have led the London team since then. Becoming involved in such a large and high-profile project that will have such a positive impact on healthcare and medical education in Singapore has been an immense privilege. It is a unique opportunity and I have enjoyed being part of this enormously.

I am very much looking forward to watching LKCMedicine continue to grow from strength to strength over the coming years. Very best wishes to the whole LKCMedicine community.