June 2014 | ISSUE 12
Reflections of my first year of medical school

By Ang Jia Wei

My first experience with LKCMedicine was at one of the informational talks held at my junior college. I remember being very impressed by the forward-looking approach of the School in planning the new curriculum to train the kind of doctors you and I would like to have caring for us. This was one of the main reasons why I decided to join LKCMedicine as part of its pioneer cohort of medical students, and I have not regretted my decision since.

The past 10 months of medical school have been incredible. One of the main highlights has been the Team-Based Learning (TBL) experience. Having to work very closely in a group of six has taught me how to better work with the strengths and weaknesses of different people to achieve an outcome that none of us could have come up with alone. In addition, my TBL group definitely makes up a huge part of my best memories of the past year. We’ve grown closer through events like the “Hospice is…” competition, organised by Dover Park Hospice. We also had lots of fun celebrating each other’s birthdays, and carrying lanterns up to the rooftop of the School of Arts, Design and Media in the middle of the night during Mid-Autumn Festival.

From left to right: Together with Guest-of-Honour President Tony Tan, presenting our art piece at the "Hospice Is..." exhibition organised by Dover Park Hospice; Halloween celebrations when my TBL group dressed up as fruits - grapes, bananas, watermelon and a strawberry

From left to right: Children's Day celebrations where students turned up in their previous school uniforms; During hospital week with our tutors from Tan Tock Seng Hospital's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Another aspect of the curriculum which I find extremely useful is the early exposure to the essential skills of doctoring. Under the guidance of excellent tutors in our small groups, I have learnt vital skills of communication, physical examination and other medical procedures on simulated patients. This has not only made learning medical physiology and anatomy more relevant, but also helped my peers and me start our journey in medicine with an emphasis on patient-centred care.

In addition, the LKCMedicine faculty and staff have been extremely supportive of student-initiated activities and receptive to any feedback we have. Looking back, I've taken part in activities ranging from sports events, inter-house board games, and even a movie marathon in our campus! My cohort is currently also working on the inaugural Freshmen Orientation Camp and we are excited to contribute what we can to welcome the juniors to our close-knit family.

All in all, school has been very fulfilling so far and I'm truly excited for what lies ahead in the following years. To the juniors who will be joining us soon (if you're reading this), congratulations on getting through the rigorous selection process! We look forward to seeing you here.