December 2018 | Issue 39
Greater than the sum of its parts

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By Dr Sophie Munday, Clinical Education Fellow

Reflection on practice is an integral part of how we practise medicine and continue to learn as clinicians, researchers and scientists. As such we are committed to reflect on the current curriculum and new insights in medical education and research to strive for excellence in all areas of the programme. As part of this ongoing journey we are pleased to say we have now completed the review stage of the Year 1 and 2 LKCMedicine Curriculum Review and have begun the task of MBBS curriculum renewal.

Collaborative working has formed the central tenet of this curriculum review process, as colleagues in Singapore and London draw upon substantial experience of international partnership to deliver a timely and comprehensive evaluation of the current programme. Pairing knowledge and experience from clinicians, scientists and educators in Singapore and London produces expertise which exceeds the sum of parts.

As a clinician relatively new to international collaboration I have noted on many occasions how well our experiences of medicine are aligned; yet how different the context in which we have studied and practised. To me, this highlights not only the importance of sharing our knowledge to learn from one another, but also the immense value of local expertise to develop a curriculum that is relevant to Singapore.

I have been struck by the ease of communication with international colleagues when supported by innovative use of technology.  Coordinated use of different forms of technology has enabled me here in London to share work and resources with colleagues in Singapore. In particular, video conferencing has facilitated face-to-face meetings, creating a truly international boardroom which transcends time zones and international borders.  My counterparts in Singapore are both relatable and approachable and these tools are invaluable in forging and maintaining close partnerships as we work together.

This unified approach to ongoing curriculum development ensures that students at LKCMedicine continue to receive a world-class curriculum which is fundamentally aligned to the Singapore context. It also allows educators in London to experience ways of working from other cultures and backgrounds which in turn enriches and influences the changing curriculum at Imperial. The close working relationship between educators in Singapore and London has been strengthened throughout this process, reinforcing ties and paving the way for future innovation though collaboration.