By Wahida Hussain
On 11 March 2013, members of the Singapore press were invited to a media conference with the School’s Dean, Professor Dermot Kelleher. It was the first time the immunology and infectious diseases pioneer addressed the Singapore media and shared his vision for the School as it embarks on a journey to train competent and confident doctors of tomorrow.
“What we really want to do is to create and graduate wonderful, compassionate, caring doctors who are really passionate and understand the scientific basis of human disease,” he says, outlining how the School is set to redefine medicine and transform healthcare.
Dean addresing the media
Professor Kelleher, who was appointed as the School’s Dean in August last year, has often been lauded for his outstanding record of leadership in academic medicine. When asked what is most unique about the School, he explains the team-based learning approach as one that “involves students utilising their own enquiring minds and their own inquisitiveness to allow them to develop.”
The media conference was also a wonderful opportunity for the Dean to provide the media with a succinct overview of the School’s on-going admissions process, newly constructed facilities, and the challenges of medical research in Singapore.
Journalists and photographers present were from The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Today, and My Paper. The event was followed by a filmed interview with Channel NewsAsia.