New med school going big on simulation Students of the third medical school to be jointly run by NTU and Imperial College London will be trained to put the patient at the heart of what they do. To do this, simulation education will be made a big part of the curriculum at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine which will open in 2013. Students learning to stitch up a wound will, for example, be faced with an actor wearing a silicone 'wound', who can be primed to cry in pain or be plain difficult to handle. To ensure that patient-centredness is a default approach among its graduates, the school will run at least three sessions using actor-patients every year. And to give medical students experience in an operating theatre, the school will use a portable version of it called an igloo invented by Imperial’s Dr Roger Kneebone. Shaped like an actual igloo, it can be inflated to the size of a real operating theatre and set up anywhere to create a simulated training environment.