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​LKCMedicine engages offerees via first-ever #whyLKCMedicine virtual event

Published on: 18-May-2020


On 16 May 2020, Saturday, applicants who have been offered a place in the next intake for LKCMedicine's MBBS programme were hosted by current students, alumni, and faculty at the School's very first virtual #whyLKCMedicine event.

The invitation-only virtual event via the Zoom online meeting platform began at 2.30pm with three simultaneous Meet the Crew sessions hosted by current students, followed by a Meet the Council session at 3.45pm hosted by Dean Professor James Best.

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The Meet the Crew sessions featured presentations by student emcees, Assistant Dean for Admissions Associate Professor Kwek Tong Kiat, Assistant Dean for Year Five Associate Professor Thum Kum Ying and Assistant Dean for Year Four Associate Professor Wong Teck Yee, as well as current students and LKCMedicine alumni who are already young doctors working in Singapore's healthcare system.

With Assistant Dean for Years 1 & 2 Dr Lucy Rosby, Assistant Dean for Year 3 Associate Professor Koh Nien Yue, Assistant Dean for Family Medicine Associate Professor Tang Wern Ee, Assistant Dean for Student Well-being Dr Tanya Tierney, Assistant Dean for Assessment Professor Jennifer Cleland and Head of Anatomy Assistant Professor Sreenivasulu Reddy Mogali also in attendance, the Meet the Crew sessions presented a structured sharing of the LKCMedicine curriculum and pedagogy, student life and career as a doctor.

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A video welcome by the Dean, Professor James Best, kicked off the Meet the Crew sessions on the dot. Prof Best congratulated the offerees convincing the School through their pre-U performance, BMAT and MMI that they would become good doctors, saying that the School's experienced local and international faculty, and excellent modern curriculum would mould them into world-class medical graduates that would be able to practise medicine with both hearts and heads.

The 15-minute presentations after the video were followed by questions which were asked using the Chat function. The most-asked questions across the three sessions revolved around the ease of studying across the dual campus of Yunnan Gardens and Novena; anatomy teaching; the format of the White Coat Ceremony and Orientation with the current COVID-19 situation; the prospects for LKCMedicine graduates in Singapore's healthcare sector; and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on teaching and learning at LKCMedicine.

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After a 15-minute break, participants from the three Meet the Crew sessions re-convened in the Meet the Council virtual room, where they were addressed by the Dean, who promised that students will be treated like junior colleagues from day one after the White Coat Ceremony, which signifies the start of their lifelong professional journey, and the whole School would walk alongside and support them on the journey, and where they will make many lifelong friends.

In the short presentations before the Question and Answer session, Vice-Dean for Education Professor Naomi Low-Beer spoke about the quality of LKCMedicine graduates, the learning environment as well as the quality of the School's partnerships; Imperial Faculty of Medicine Vice-Dean for Education Mr Martin Lupton talked about the 3Rs that linked the two medical schools together: resilience, relationship and research; Vice-Dean for Faculty Affairs Professor Michael Ferenczi touched on the importance of research training; and Vice-Dean for Research Professor Lim Kah Leong showcased some of the research the School has been involved in.

Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs Professor Pang Weng Sun then assumed the lead by introducing the Q&A component, saying the panel will comprise the Vice-Deans and LKCMedicine Chief Operating Officer Dr Serene Ng as well as LKCMedicine MedSocPresident Ashwin Singaram.

Prof Pang then fielded the questions posted with input from faculty, students and alumni. Questions revolved around clinical placements, scholarships, fees, hostel living, clinician-scientist track, timetable, adjustment to TBL, and anatomy teaching without the use of silent mentors.

The Meet the Council session ended with a video that highlighted the LKCMedicine student community.

More than 80 percent of the offerees attended this first virtual event for them to engage with over 50 faculty, staff, current students and alumni.

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