By Shawn Tan, Class of 2019 and AY2015-16 CIP Head
On 24 August, the LKCMedicine Community Involvement Project (CIP) Committee held the School’s second CIP Recruitment Fair, with the aim of providing an avenue for students to learn more about the various community projects at LKCMedicine as well as those offered by other institutions, and how they can get involved.
About 122 LKCMedicine students from all four years attended the fair. The fair also enjoyed strong participation from the various Community Project Teams, with 11 local and seven overseas projects setting up booths at the fair. In addition, students from NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine were also present to share more about their projects, such as Public Health Service and Neighbourhood Health Service.
Participants were free to visit each booth to listen to what their peers had to share about their projects. The project teams were very innovative in the way they showcased their projects, with some teams using video montages to display photographs from their recent trips to others dressing up in the traditional costumes of the beneficiary countries.
It was a heart-warming sight to see participants interacting with the project team members, with many smiles and much laughter throughout the session. There was no doubt that the participants enjoyed visiting the booths, and learning more about the good work that each project was doing.
The CIP fair was a resounding success, with more than 80 per cent of the participants signing up for at least one project. With the overwhelming response, many projects saw a sharp rise in the volunteer participation compared with previous years, especially with the School’s growing student population, which is a testament to LKCMedicine’s strong community service culture.
As CIP Head for the Academic Year of 2015-16, I am honoured to have witnessed the leaps and bounds that LKCMedicine’s student community has made in the aspect of community service in the past year. Many students have been fervent in setting up community projects, and serving the needs of many communities, both local and overseas, leading to the steady rise in the number of projects at LKCMedicine. Apart from the remarkable growth in projects, what I find most admirable is the heart of servitude that many of these students have; the heart that truly desires to do good; the heart that serves unconditionally; the heart that distinguishes a good doctor.