More top students choose NTU medical school
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) continues to attract more top students to its medical school as it accepts its largest intake to date.
With 90 new students this year, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) now has 222 medical students since its inaugural intake of 54 in 2013.
Like the first two cohorts, the third batch is made up of students who scored three As or more at the GCE A Levels or had near perfect scores in the International Baccalaureate. They also aced their BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) and stood out at the school’s Multiple Mini Interviews.
More than 800 applicants took the BMAT last year and had applied to NTU’s medical programme. Of these, 350 were shortlisted for the Multiple Mini Interviews before the final 90 were selected.
NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said the school’s continued success in attracting the brightest students in Singapore is testament to its world-class medical curriculum.
“This group of young men and women have gone through our rigorous selection process, during which they had demonstrated their deep desire and commitment towards a life in medicine,” said Prof Andersson.
“Our medical school curriculum equips our students with the latest medical knowledge, interdisciplinary skills from business, bioengineering and humanities, as well as inculcate in them core values that will see them keeping the patient firmly at the centre of their care.
“With our innovative pedagogy like team-based learning and a patient-centric approach, I’m sure that our medical students will become compassionate doctors with excellent medical knowledge, who can tackle Singapore’s healthcare challenges of tomorrow.”
Professor Andersson was the Guest-of-Honour at LKCMedicine’s White Coat Ceremony today, a passage of initiation into medicine for these freshmen.
Aspirations from the third cohort
Among those who received their white coats at the ceremony is Muhammad Fadzil bin Kamarudin, 22, one of the top students from Pioneer Junior College.
Fadzil says he is humbled to be one of the first Malay medicine students at NTU, “I feel that it is important to have Malay doctors as they can relate better with the Malay community, the unique customs and beliefs, and so deliver better care because medicine is not just about science, but also about the relationship between patients and their doctors.”
Fadzil points to his father’s recovery from a stroke in 2007 as the galvanising moment that made him determined to study medicine. “I personally saw the huge impact medicine had on our lives. Hopefully, one day I will be able to make the same difference in the lives of my future patients and their families,” said Fadzil, who like many freshmen is excited about the School’s Team-Based Learning approach and early clinical exposure.
Andrea Ng, 19, had an offer to study medicine at Imperial College London. A recipient of the Nanyang Scholarship, she chose NTU because of the medical school’s innovative curriculum and its small cohort size, which offers greater interaction with the professors.
The Raffles Institution alumnus was inspired to become a doctor after she met people who lacked the medical attention they needed. “It was not just because they could not afford it, but also due to other environmental and cultural reasons, such as having more traditional mindsets. Their frustrations and challenges have motivated me to study medicine because it will equip me with the necessary skills to directly make an impact,” Andrea said.
LKCMedicine scholarship recipient, Tan Khee Ming, 21, started learning Malay and Hokkien to overcome the language barrier that many healthcare professionals face in their work.
“During my various volunteering stints, I realised how important it is to speak the native tongue of the elderly as it immediately reduces the distance between us and they are willing to open up and trust us more easily.
“I hope to be able to communicate with my patients in their respective languages and dialects to better serve them,” says Khee Ming, who is keen on the cross-disciplinary aspects of the LKCMedicine curriculum, which draws on engineering, business and the humanities.
Promise of early clinical exposure
At the ceremony, the dean of the medical school, Professor James Best, presented each student with a white coat and the promise that they will be immersed in clinical settings from the onset of their medical education.
Addressing the third cohort and their parents, Prof Best said, “Medicine is a wonderful profession and we are delighted to welcome you not just as students but as our future colleagues. The knowledge and skills you will acquire is not just through books, but through your encounters with patients, their suffering and their challenges.
“As doctors we take care of patients, and we do not regard them as mere customers who pay for a service. The practice of medicine today is much more dynamic, complex and full of uncertainties and the demands of society on medicine and medical practitioners have also risen. The medical practice is expected to be safe, effective, efficient, and patient-centred.
“Today is the start of an exciting and a rare opportunity to enter a world in which you combine knowledge and skill with compassion and empathy to practise medicine.”
At the ceremony, LKCMedicine Senior Vice-Dean Professor Jenny Higham led the students in reciting the Declaration of a New Medical Student, where they pledged to practise medicine with integrity, humility, honesty and compassion, without discrimination of gender, race and religion.
LKCMedicine students will graduate from the five-year programme with a joint NTU-Imperial Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree.
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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.
The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg
About Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a partnership between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Imperial College London (Imperial), trains a generation of doctors who will put patients at the centre of their exemplary medical care. Graduates of the five-year undergraduate medical degree programme, which matriculated its inaugural cohort in 2013, will have a strong understanding of the scientific basis of medicine, along with interdisciplinary subjects including business management, humanities and technology.
The School’s primary clinical partner is the National Healthcare Group, a leader in public healthcare recognised for the quality of its medical expertise, facilities and teaching. The School, named after local philanthropist Tan Sri Dato Lee Kong Chian, aims to be a future model for innovative medical education.
Its first doctors will graduate in 2018 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), awarded jointly by NTU and Imperial, and become doctors who will enhance Singapore’s healthcare in the decades to come.
For more information, visit www.lkcmedicine.ntu.edu.sg