Team Based Learning at LKCMedicine
Team-based learning at LKCMedicine

Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) is the first undergraduate school to completely replace lectures as the primary classroom teaching method for large groups. Our students are not trained to be scientists first and doctors later; they learn to critically engage with the world around them, work collaboratively in teams and apply science to the practice of medicine from the very first day. We hope that others can learn from our experiences as our pioneering students continue their journey to be the next generation of doctors.

Over the last 50 years, there have been many attempts to evolve undergraduate medical education. The new discourse challenges the more traditional view that comprehensive training as a scientist is a pre-requisite for clinical training.

Instead, it is proposed that modern doctors need skills to critically engage with scientific information and most importantly apply that knowledge to the practice of medicine as part of increasingly diverse healthcare teams. The curriculum at LKCMedicine is therefore designed to optimise student training using the core principles of critical engagement, team learning and application of knowledge.

The medical school programme at LKCMedicine was designed using the world class Imperial College undergraduate curriculum as a template. To support the core principles of the school, Team-Based Learning (TBL) was chosen, an instructional method which was originally described in the late 1970s. Over the last 10 years, there has been growing evidence in the medical education literature of its effectiveness as a learning method in medical schools.

TBL at LKCMedicine uses existing content from the lecture-based Imperial College pre-clinical courses as the foundation for a ‘flipped classroom’ approach to learning. Students prepare in advance of TBL teaching days using pre-recorded lecture material which guides them through key concepts. They then check their learning by answering questions both individually and in teams, before then working in their teams to apply knowledge to authentic clinical cases. By using this method, students develop an ability to find and critically assess learning material, work effectively in teams and apply scientific knowledge from the world around them to clinical cases.

LKCMedicine team-based learning facts

  • The first undergraduate school to completely replace lectures as the primary classroom teaching method for large groups
  • A collaboration of 700 academics, clinicians and scientists from London and Singapore
  • 3000 questions have been written to check student learning
  • Over 300 hours of lecture material have been recorded