NTU increases its intake of medicine students
A growing number of top students attracted to NTU’s joint medical school with Imperial College London
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has attracted even more top students and enlarged its intake of medicine students for its second cohort at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine), from the inaugural batch of 54 to 78 this year.
The new medical school has some of the brightest students in Singapore, most of whom scored three As or more at GCE A Levels or near perfect International Baccalaureate scores. They also aced their BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) and stood out at the school’s Multiple Mini Interviews.
This year, NTU received more than 800 applications from those who had taken the required BMAT. From here, 330 applicants were shortlisted for its Multiple Mini Interviews. The final 78 students admitted comprise 48 male and 30 female students. All are Singaporeans.
Today, NTU held the White Coat Ceremony which symbolises the freshmen’s initiation into medicine at the Art, Design and Media Auditorium at NTU.
Among those who received their white coat is 21-year-old Russell Chuah, LKCMedicine’s first polytechnic graduate, who scored a near-perfect GPA from Singapore Polytechnic, and Ishwarpal Singh Grewal, 20, a national hockey player who chose to join NTU instead of accepting an offer from Imperial College London to study medicine.
Like Ishwarpal, many of these top students are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a university. NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson said it is heartening to see so many bright Singapore students making LKCMedicine their first choice.
“The medical school has continued to attract the very best students from Singapore, who wish to commit their lives to medicine and be among the pioneers to go through our world-class medical education developed jointly with Imperial College London,” said Prof Andersson.
“We will train them not just in cutting-edge medical knowledge, but also in interdisciplinary modules such as those from business, bioengineering and humanities to develop them into a well-rounded healthcare professional.
“Through LKCMedicine’s innovative pedagogy and 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.”
The White Coat Ceremony was presided over by Mr Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of LKCMedicine’s Governing Board who is also the Chairman of the Agency of Science Technology & Research (A*Star).
Professor James Best, the medical school’s new Dean, presented each student with a white coat and the promise that they can expect to be immersed in clinical settings from the onset of their medical education.
“I am delighted to mark the start of the medical journey for the Class of 2019, our second cohort. All of them have met the astonishingly high standards to gain admission and we thank them for entrusting their training to us,” said Prof Best.
“In return, we will provide them with opportunities to learn from the most outstanding professors using the most innovative tools. Throughout their time with us, we will reinforce the clinical importance of what they learn, and cultivate in our students a patient-centred approach to the practice of medicine. The conferment of the white coat, which will be used throughout the medical course, symbolises their acceptance as junior members of the medical profession and their first step on the journey towards becoming a first-rate doctor.”
At the ceremony, LKCMedicine Senior Vice-Dean Professor Jenny Higham led the students to recite 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.
The students also received a copy of Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine by British historian Roy Porter from Professor Dermot Kelleher, Vice-President (Health) at Imperial College London and the previous Dean of LKCMedicine.
Ishwarpal said he has no regrets giving up his place to study medicine in Imperial College London to join NTU, as he wants to practise in Singapore and was drawn to the school’s Team-Based Learning pedagogy.
The Raffles Institution graduate was inspired to become a doctor after he saw his grandmother pass away from liver failure. “I know it is impossible to save every single patient but I feel that practising medicine is the best way that I can help people, so that’s why I want to be a doctor,” said Ishwarpal.
“I’m excited to be among the pioneering students at NTU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine with its proven Imperial curriculum suited to the healthcare needs of Singaporeans. I also look forward to shaping the culture of the school, having no limits and boundaries set by others before us.”
Adam Mohamed Naveeth, 20, a graduate from Victoria Junior College said he chose LKCMedicine because the School has a top-notch curriculum developed by a solid team of experts.
“The School’s forward-looking approach and willingness to embrace new technology in creating a great learning experience also attracted me to it,” said the polyglot who speaks four languages – English, Tamil, French and Malay.
“LKCMedicine is the result of a partnership between NTU and Imperial College London, two established institutions, which gives me the assurance that I’m receiving a quality medical education.”
Some families are proud to have a doctor in the family, but the Chua family are expecting two – 21 year-old Chua Kee Leng and his sister Chua Min Kuan, 19.
The siblings will be sharing the same classroom because Kee Leng gave up the offer to study medicine at University of Aberdeen, Scotland’s top medical school, in favour of getting his medical training right at home in Singapore. Prior to applying to NTU’s medical school, both of them had volunteered in various hospitals here and in the process found that medicine was truly their calling.
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, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. 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
About Imperial College London
Imperial College London is one of the world's leading universities. The College's 14,000 students and 7,500 staff are expanding the frontiers of knowledge in science, medicine, engineering and business, and translating their discoveries into benefits for society.
Founded in 1907, Imperial builds on a distinguished past – having pioneered penicillin, holography and fibre optics – to shape the future. Imperial researchers work across disciplines to improve global health, tackle climate change, develop sustainable energy technology and address security challenges. This blend of academic excellence and its real-world application feeds into Imperial's exceptional learning environment, where students participate in research to push the limits of their degrees.
Imperial nurtures a dynamic enterprise culture, where collaborations with industrial, healthcare and international partners are the norm. In 2007, Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust formed the UK's first Academic Health Science Centre. This unique partnership aims to improve the quality of life of patients and populations by taking new discoveries and translating them into new therapies as quickly as possible.
Imperial has nine London campuses, including Imperial West: a new 25 acre research and innovation centre in White City, west London. At Imperial West, researchers, businesses and higher education partners will co-locate to create value from ideas on a global scale.
Imperial College London’s medical school is currently ranked third in the world out of 2420 medical schools worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011-12. To find out more, visit: www.imperial.ac.uk
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, will train 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 College London, and become doctors who will enhance Singapore’s healthcare in the decades to come.
For more information, visit www.lkcmedicine.ntu.edu.sg