On 14 April 2014, 10 Year Six MBBS students from Imperial College London arrived in Singapore for their elective under the LKCMedicine Elective Programme. The programme, which runs until 30 May 2014, provides an opportunity for the Imperial students to experience and appreciate the different ways in which language and culture impact the practice of healthcare in different settings.
Offered last year as a pilot programme, the LKCMedicine Elective Programme received such positive feedback from Imperial students, LKCMedicine faculty and clinicians at the host institutions that it is now being offered as an elective to eligible Imperial students every year.
Following a similar format, the elective starts off with a week-long orientation programme, which includes an introduction to illness and disease in Singapore, the local healthcare system, and tours to different healthcare institutions. Students also get a flavour of the life of their counterparts at LKCMedicine by joining a Team-Based Learning session.
After the orientation, the students then start their three to six week-long clinical placements at healthcare institutions across Singapore. They will spend time at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the National Skin Centre. They are observing the work of clinical specialists in the fields of anaesthetics, children’s emergency medicine, endocrinology, emergency medicine, cardiology, dermatology, general medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, ophthalmology and paediatric surgery.