17 February 2011
Ms Yin Yin Teo, Assistant Director of Corporate Communications, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), visited Imperial for a week in January to support her work on the development of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore by learning how Imperial trains doctors. She describes her experiences:
“When we first arrived at Imperial’s South Kensington Campus, we were excited by the vibrancy of the College. We could see the buzz of activity in the modern and colourful glass buildings, standing alongside the charming, traditional English architecture.
Like the mix of the old and the new buildings, the joint medical degree offered by NTU and Imperial will infuse the traditional science of medicine with modern e-learning and advances in medical technologies, putting the patient’s individual needs at the centre of all care.
Together with Dr Vivien Chiong, NTU’s Director of Communications and Ms Chang Ai-Lien, a senior correspondent at The Straits Times, the national English daily in Singapore, we were given insights into the comprehensive training that Imperial has put in place to produce highly skilled doctors, well-versed in technology and communications.
We were kept on our toes throughout our trip, listening to student presentations on medical case studies, checking out anatomy classes and laboratories, touring the pathology museum and meeting Singaporean medical students.
We also learnt how Imperial took e-learning to new heights with interactive modules and virtual worlds, where students can learn and test their knowledge at their own pace while having fun. The e-repository of information that Imperial has built up will surely be a wealth of medical knowledge for the future students of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.
Visits to the Charing Cross and St Mary’s Campuses allowed us to see the type of clinical training received by medical students as well as the medical innovations pioneered by Imperial. We had the opportunity to see various types of simulation training and they were all highly impressive. Portable surgery theatres could be set up in a jiffy, and students could practise with sophisticated mannequins that wheeze and even simulate delivering a baby!
On 21 January, we witnessed the opening of the London office of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine by the Singaporean High Commissioner, HE Michael Teo Eng Cheng. The guests braved the cold to go to the rooftop for a group photograph and were rewarded with the breathtaking scenery of London.”