On 5 December 2012, LKCMedicine held its inaugural Evening with the Deans for a group of prospective students who have shown a keen interest to be a part of the School when it opens its doors in August 2013.
Hosted by the School deans and key faculty staff, the event was held at the auditorium of NTU’s iconic School of Art, Design and Media building.
The guests were mainly students who only a month before, had sat for the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT), an entry requirement at LKCMedicine. They received their BMAT results on 21 November 2012, along with other students who sat for BMAT in other parts of the world. Comprising three sections, the BMAT is currently being used by top medical schools in the UK including Imperial College London, as it has been found to provide information about a student’s aptitude for medicine and has been a good predictor of a student’s performance in a medical school.
The evening’s event started with an informal reception, during which the student-attendees had a chance to chat with the School faculty over a sumptuous Asian buffet. Once in the auditorium, LKCMedicine Senior Vice Dean Professor Martyn Partridge gave an overview of the innovations in LKCMedicine’s MBBS programme. This was followed by a panel discussion featuring LKCMedicine’s assistant deans, moderated by Professor Partridge. The panel addressed issues raised by the attendees, who had been invited earlier via the event invites to submit questions.
Key members of LKCMedicine, NTU and Imperial College London’s Faculty of Medicine participated in the discussion. Professor Tan Ooi Kiang, Professor Lalit Kumar Goel and the admissions team from NTU Office of Admission and Financial Aid as well as Professor John Laycock, Dr Naomi Low-Beer and Paul Ratcliffe from Imperial College London were present to lend their expert advice.
During the panel discussion, questions regarding LKCMedicine campus infrastructure, curriculum, teaching and learning methods such as simulation, early clinical exposure and eLearning were addressed. In addition, the admissions process, specifically on BMAT and Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI), student life, scholarships and financial aid were clarified.
The event closed on a high note, with an inspiring address by LKCMedicine Dean Professor Dermot Kelleher. The evening was well-received by the attendees who found the programme highly useful and informative.