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​LKCMedicine Open House a big hit with prospective university students

Published on: 03-Mar-2018

​More than 13,000 aspiring university students keen to learn more about what NTU and its many schools have to offer headed to the university's main campus on Saturday 3 March for the university-wide Open House extravaganza. A must-visit for many students and their parents was LKCMedicine’s Experimental Medicine Building (EMB), where a range of activities awaited them. 

From 9.30am, the first of close to 1,000 visitors walked into the EMB, greeted by LKCMedicine faculty, staff and students. With an exhibition showcasing life inside and outside the classroom,  visitors had plenty to see between attending the talks by the deans, exploring the teaching facilities and taking part in the many demos. 

A good starting point for those new to the School was the talk on LKCMedicine’s innovative medical education. By 10am, the Learning Studio was full for the first talk by Assistant Dean for Year 4 & Family Medicine Associate Professor Wong Teck Yee, who gave an overview of the curriculum and admissions process. After his presentation, LKCMedicine students gave the audience a flavour of the rich and diverse experiences they have gained during their time at medical school. 

After lunch, two more school talks were given, one more by A/Prof Wong, and the last by Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs Professor Pang Weng Sun. Delivered alongside LKCMedicine students, these sessions attracted full-house audiences. For those who were interested in learning more about, and even trying their hand at, the School's innovative pedagogy, the Team-Based Learning demos complete with iPads were on offer in the Seminar Room immediately after the talks.

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

In the teaching lab, visitors got the chance to try out some of the typical experiments LKCMedicine students tackle during their science practicals, such as fast-forwarding their body clock to understand what it feels like to be old and studying the development of a chick embryo. Going more than skin deep, the more curious visitors had a chance to explore the intricate structures that make up the human body and observe human anatomy ‘live’ using ultrasound. Manned by enthusiastic LKCMedicine students, who were supported by faculty and teaching staff, visitors not only got to try their hand at these activities, but also learnt more about students' experience at the medical school.

Adding to the fun, prospective students were encouraged to complete a light-hearted quiz to help them explore whether LKCMedicine is the right fit for them.

These hands-on activities complemented the goings-on at the School's main booth at SBS that was packed with visitors throughout the day, attracted by NTU's premier programmes in medicine and engineering as well as the university's continued rise through international rankings. NTU has claimed top spot in the rankings of both the world's best young universities and Asian universities, and has risen to a proud 11th globally in the 2017 QS​ World University Rankings.

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