Published on: 15-Aug-2013
Initiation into medicine for pioneer batch at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) today held the first White Coat Ceremony for its inaugural batch of 54 medical students.
The ceremony, where Health Minister Gan Kim Yong was the guest-of-honour, symbolises the freshmen’s initiation into medicine, marking their transition into clinical settings and a lifelong commitment to medicine.
The students were presented with their white coats by Professor Dermot Kelleher, Dean of LKCMedicine and Imperial’s Faculty of Medicine.
Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong, who presided over the ceremony, in his speech urged the aspiring doctors to “serve with a strong sense of professionalism, public service values and ethics, and set an example for future generations of students”.
“Public sector doctors play an important role not just in providing clinical care to Singaporeans, but also in educating and training the next generation of doctors. Doctors in the public sector will also have the opportunity to apply their scientific knowledge and clinical skills to research on better treatments for illnesses, and develop new drugs and technologies to improve medical care.”
Mr Gan added that they should stay focused on one common objective - which is to provide good care for patients, regardless of their background.
Professor Bertil Andersson said that the students at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine have the best of three worlds.
“They will benefit from NTU’s research strengths and expertise in biomedical engineering, science, business and humanities – all necessary in training the doctor of tomorrow to serve Singapore better. Their medical curriculum is designed by Imperial College London which is recognised globally for quality medical education. And on our Novena campus, they will have a hospital right next to their school which will provide the necessary bedside experience and training, mentored by top clinicians from the National Healthcare Group.”
Professor Kelleher added that the students will be immersed in clinical settings from the beginning.
“We are thrilled to be introducing the first cohort of LKCMedicine students to Singapore’s medical community. All of them have achieved astonishingly high standards to gain admission and we thank them for trusting our new medical school with their training. Over the years ahead we hope to repay that confidence with opportunities to learn from outstanding teachers using the most innovative tools. Experience in clinical settings such as hospitals and polyclinics will be a critical part of their studies. The conferment of the white coat, which will be used throughout the medical course, is a first step on the journey towards becoming a first-rate doctor. ”
President and Rector of Imperial College London, Sir Keith O’Nions, was also present at the ceremony. He said: “Imperial and NTU have worked tirelessly over the past three years to design a world-class medical education and to recruit students who will excel as doctors serving Singapore. I am delighted that today we can welcome them at this important public ceremony. Singapore’s brightest talents are represented in LKCMedicine’s inaugural cohort. I wish them the very best in their studies.”
At the ceremony, students recited the Declaration of a New Medical Student where they pledged to practice medicine with integrity, humility, honesty and compassion, without discrimination of gender, race and religion. They also did a reading of an inspirational poem, Song for Pythagoras, written by Welsh poet Dr Dannie Abse, which talks about the importance of balancing clinical skills with a human touch.
The medical students also received their stethoscopes from their house tutors at the ceremony, who will be mentoring them outside classes.
Ryan Chen, a first year medical student said: “I am very humbled to be a part of this white coat ceremony, as I see it as a rite of passage marking my entry into LKCMedicine. After going through the ceremony, I’m even more committed to live by the code of ethics demanded by the profession and our school, and to learn earnestly for the sake of my future patients. I’ll also practise humility in my pursuit of medical knowledge and wisdom, as the learning opportunities are endless.”
He and his classmates will be the first to benefit from the School’s innovative curriculum which features the extensive use of the latest medical education technology such as the Anatomage Table for virtual dissection, customised content delivery on iPads and the use of plastinated human specimens for anatomy learning.
Teaching materials developed by Imperial College London for the new school include more than 200 e-lectures recorded professionally by professors, clinicians and scientists. Students can access these materials on their iPads in an innovative curriculum that revolves around team-based learning aimed at encouraging discussion, teamwork and critical thinking.
The first cohort of 54 students was selected from more than 800 applicants. Besides stellar academic results, they also aced the Multiple Mini Interviews and BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT).
The students, who will graduate from the five-year programme with a joint NTU-Imperial Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree, will have a dual campus at NTU’s Yunnan Garden and Novena campuses.
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About Nanyang Technological University
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).
A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.
Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg
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