There was plenty of action at the LKCMedicine Open House on 7 March, held as part of the annual NTU Open House which showcases the best of the young and research-intensive university.
After hearing from LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best, Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs Associate Professor Pang Weng Sun and two students during the First-Class Education at LKCMedicine talk, interested students and their parents were ushered to a full day of hands-on activities at the School's interim facilities at NTU's Research Techno Plaza.
Everything was on offer from an experiential demonstration on the use of Team-Based Learning on the iPad, simple clinical procedures performed with the help of simulated patients and prosthetics, to various scientific experiments and a friendly introduction to plastinated specimens for a better understanding of the human body. At the stations, LKCMedicine students, faculty and staff guided visitors through activities, giving prospective students lots of opportunities to interact with the people behind the School, while learning about the School's MBBS programme and research ambitions.
Just as popular was the dialogue with young doctors on Medicine as a Career, for which there was standing room only. Guests listened intently as several young doctors spoke candidly about what a career in medicine entails, including the challenges and rewards of a young doctor's career. Around these activities were info booths on admissions, scholarships and financial aid, new campus developments, as well as student life. LKCMedicine partners were also present to run two booths on the National Healthcare Group – the School's primary clinical partner – and the Singapore Armed Forces Medicine scholarship. The open day was also a chance for visitors to catch glimpses of the School's upcoming permanent facility in NTU, the Experimental Medicine Building, which is scheduled to be ready by July this year.
These exciting activities complemented the goings-on at the School's main booth at the NTU Nanyang Auditorium. The auditorium was packed with visitors throughout the day. More than 14,000 visitors attended the one-day event, with new and prestigious programmes getting most of the attention. NTU's latest ranking as Number One among the world's best young universities, and several recent accolades, also attracted the crowds.