Imperial College London

Medical education’s transformation in the spotlight ahead of global summit


LKCMedicine campus

The rapidly changing field of medical education will take centre stage at a major global conference later this year.

Imperial College London’s School of Medicine and Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) have joined forces to host the inaugural Transform MedEd Conference in Singapore in November.

The innovative conference will bring together some of the world’s leading voices in medicine, healthcare and education to discuss ways of improving medical education.

The conference builds on the work at LKCMedicine – a joint medical school run by Imperial and NTU – where the curriculum was built to reflect modern practice, technology and teaching methods.

President Gast opened LKCMedicine's new campus last year
President Gast helped open LKCMedicine's new campus last year

The theme for this year’s conference is transforming people, practice and policy.

It aims to provide a platform for provide a platform for de-constructing and re-imagining current ways and methods in medical education and healthcare, and takes place on the campus of LKCMedicine, where Imperial and NTU have built a new medical school with a transformational curriculum constructed by experts from both institutions.

Building new collaborations

LKCMedicine teaches an innovative curriculum
LKCMedicine teaches an innovative curriculum

Guest speakers include Imperial’s Vice Provost (Education) Simone Buitendijk, and University of Melbourne’s Professor Debra Nestel.

Imperial’s Professor Naomi Low-Beer, Vice Dean (Education) at LKCMedicine and Chairperson of the conference, said: “The conference is aimed at all those involved in the education of health professionals

“The conference is an opportunity to gain new insights into medical education and to take home new approaches that you will be able to incorporate into your practice.

“It’s also an opportunity to build new collaborations with educators from across the world.”

Conference Co-Chairperson and Head of Undergraduate School of Medicine at Imperial, Martin Lupton, spoke about how the innovative LKCMedicine is already transforming education.

He said: “The collaboration between LKCMedicine and Imperial has thrown up a large number of questions about what we teach and how we teach it.

“At the conference you will gain not just ideas, but potentially new skills and collaborators for new education research projects.”

Next generation of doctors

The first doctors from LKCMedicine graduated in July
The first doctors from LKCMedicine graduated in July

LKCMedicine builds on Imperial’s world-renowned medical curriculum as it trains the next generation of Singaporean doctors.

The innovative curriculum takes a patient-centred approach, harnessing team-based learning and the latest digital technology.

As the LKCMedicine programme developed, it has influenced Imperial’s own medical curriculum, and Imperial and LKCMedicine students now take part in an annual exchange.

LKCMedicine was officially opened in 2017 by Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, an Imperial alumnus (MSc Computing 1977) and now accepts more than 150 students each year.

The first 52 students graduated in July at a convocation, held at NTU.



Stephen Johns

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