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​Celebrating students' scholarly achievements at inaugural LKCMedicine Research Symposium

Published on: 16-Jan-2019

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It was not only an evening to celebrate the completion of Year 4 students’ Scholarly Project module yesterday, but also the launch of the inaugural student-led LKCMedicine Research Symposium. Held at the Ong Tiong Tat & Irene Tan Liang Kheng Auditorium of the Clinical Sciences Building, more than 100 students, staff and faculty attended the event.

Addressing the audience, LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best emphasised the importance of scientific research in medicine. To illustrate his point, he cited how physiologist and medical researcher Charles Herbert Best co-discovered the use of insulin as a treatment for diabetes during a summer holiday project with Physician Frederick Banting in 1921.

“You never know, one of you may make a pivotal discovery in medicine. On the other hand, just the discovery may be just a new way of looking at treatment for your patients or supporting others – scientists or other doctors from leading the research programme,” said Prof Best.

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Chairperson of LKCMedicine Research Symposium and Year 4 student Jimmy Ming Hong said the symposium will showcase various research projects done by students outside of their curriculum time. Students had four categories to choose from: Basic Science, Clinical Practice, Medical Education and Medicine and Society for the symposium.

“Given the varying number of projects we showcase today, I’m sure today will be an insightful and inspiring session for all of you,” he added.

The four prize abstract winners of the Symposium were two Year 4 students Reudi Chan and Tan Khee Ming, Year 3 student Tan An Sen and two Year 2 students Dionne Choo and Chim Jia Xin. They each gave a 10-minute presentation about their research.

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In the ‘Medicine and Society’ category, Year 2 students Dionne and Jia Xin were crowned as the winners. They did an exploratory study on the burden of digital device use of students in Singapore.

The study looked at ‘text neck’ injuries – a repetitive stress injury caused by the head holding forward and downward for extended periods of time – and whether students can get the injuries from using digital devices.

“In conclusion, our study supports prevailing research regarding the burden of digital device use and highlights the paucity of knowledge of injuries related to digital device use among youths. This is especially important with regards to Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine students, as use of iPads and laptops during Team-based Learning is extensive,” said the pair.

After the LKCMedicine Research Symposium ended, four prize project winners in the Scholarly Projects of the Class of 2020 took the stage.

The Scholarly Project is a mandatory module for all Year 4 students to complete as part of the curriculum. Students had six weeks to work on their projects from one of the four categories: Laboratory & Transnational Research, Medical Education, Medical Practice and Medicine & Society. The winners included Tan Khee Ming, Gabriel Tan, Joelle Chong and Yeo Ping Chong. Each took 10 minutes to present their project to the audience.

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Ping Chong who topped in the ‘Medicine & Society’ category, looked into the Systematic assessment of atopic dermatitis mobile apps in supporting disease self-management. He noted that although more people who have atopic dermatitis are using mobile apps, there have been no published comprehensive assessment available for the skin disease self-management apps.

Under the supervision of Associate Professor of Health Services Outcome Research Josip Car, Ping Chong found that most atopic dermatitis apps had inadequate and inaccurate of content and functions. Only a few apps provided accurate information through interactive means and allowed for convenient and comprehensive tracking of atopic dermatitis related factors.

“With much room for further development, the field of mobile health has great potential to better patient care and self-management of atopic dermatitis, provided appropriate measures are taken to better quality and privacy assurances and increase accessibility,” said Ping Chong.

At the end of the presentations, the four prize project winners received a certificate and $50 book voucher from LKCMedicine Vice-Dean for Education Prof Naomi Low-Beer. Eight other students received a certificate for their Highly Commended projects. Meanwhile, four prize abstract winners of the LKCMedicine Research Symposium were also given a certificate and a $50 book voucher by Prof Low-Beer.

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After which, the audience was treated to a scrumptious buffet and had a hand in voting for the Best Poster Presentation.
The prize winners of the Best Poster Presentation presented by LKCMedicine Vice-Dean for Faculty Affairs and Lead for Scholarly Projects Professor Michael Ferenczi comprises:

Best Overall Poster: Pirateb Paramasivam Meenakshi Sundaram’s “Accuracy of Thoracolumbar Pedicle Screw Insertion Based on Routine Use of Intraoperative Imaging and Navigation”

Best Designed Poster: Bryan Lee Wei Wen’s “Evaluation of the Prevalence of Migraine Symptoms in Patients with Dizziness and Giddiness Symptoms Presenting to the ENT department Using ICHD-3b Vestibular Migraine Diagnostic Criteria”

Most Impact Project: Sekar Sree Harish’s “Surgical Site Infections in Colorectal Surgery: Appropriateness of Prophylactic and Empirical Antibiotic Regimes in a Tertiary Hospital in Singapore” 

Most Novel Project: A Johan Saiful Mizra’s “Safety and Reliability of Insulin Calculator Apps” 

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