​Hands-on LKCMedicine Open House a big hit with prospective university students

Published on: 04-Mar-2017


Crowds of aspiring university students and their parents hit the roads early this morning, Saturday 4 March, heading to the west to learn more about NTU and what its schools have to offer. With the university-wide Open House bonanza happening all day, there was something for everyone and the medical school was a big attraction for many.

From 9.30am, the first among some 1,000 visitors attending the School's Open House streamed across the link-bridge from the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) to the Level 3 Collaboration Space in LKCMedicine's Experimental Medicine Building (EMB), where LKCMedicine faculty, staff, researchers and students greeted the visitors. With plenty happening around the building, visitors could learn about all aspects of the School – from admissions to the newly completed dual campus; and from student life to medical education.

A good starting point for those new to the School were the talks on the first-class education provided by LKCMedicine. By 10am, the Learning Studio was filled to the brim for the first talk, delivered by Assistant Dean for Year 4 & Family Medicine Associate Professor Wong Teck Yee, who gave an overview of the curriculum and admissions process. During the course of the day, LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best and Executive Vice-Dean Professor Lionel Lee popped by to observe the busy goings-on and answer questions from prospective students and their parents.

Two further runs of the talk by Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs Associate Professor Pang Weng Sun and Assistant Dean for Admissions Associate Professor Kwek Tong Kiat took place during the afternoon, each addressing a packed Learning Studio. During the Q&A, parents and prospective students also had the chance to hear from Vice-Dean for Education Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer.

For those interested in learning more about, and even trying their hand at, the School's innovative pedagogy, a Team-Based Learning (TBL) demo complete with iPads was on offer in the Seminar Room immediately after the talks.

Between talks, regular tours offered visitors a good overview of LKCMedicine's learning facilities, which were built around the School's mission of training doctors "equipped to advance the science and practice of medicine".

In the teaching lab, visitors got the chance to try their hand at some of the typical experiments LKCMedicine students tackle during their science practicals, such as measuring lung capacity, fast-forwarding their body clock to understand what it feels like to be old and studying the development of a chick embryo. Manned by enthusiastic LKCMedicine students, supported by faculty and teaching staff, visitors not only got to try their hand at the experiments, but also learn more about students' experience at the young medical school.

On Level 3, two of the School's research faculty were on hand, giving visitors a behind-the-scenes peek at science in action. With faculty and students there to bring the science to life, the visitors learnt about engineering in medicine, how students can innovate lab processes as well as how research is built into the undergraduate curriculum.

To engage visitors further, the School handed out questionnaires, challenging them to discover key facts about what makes the School unique.

These hands-on activities complemented the goings-on at the School's main booth at SBS that was packed with visitors throughout the day. The more than 14,000-strong crowd was attracted by NTU's premier programmes in medicine and engineering as well as the university's continued rise through international rankings. NTU now ranks number one among the world's best young universities and number 13 overall.

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