SINGAPORE: Students vying for a place at the new Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine will have to sit for an aptitude test and undergo a series of eight mini interviews.The school, a partnership between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Imperial College London, announced the admissions requirements on Monday.The new medical school said it is looking for students who have the skills to be an outstanding doctor, as well as hold first class qualifications.The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine will enrol its first 50 students in August next year.
“For medicine, (we’re) looking for students who are compassionate, who care about their patients and do genuinely want to contribute to society in ways over and above their job. So you have to be a very rounded individual, you have to deal with some very unpleasant crises with families and with individuals, and it’s very important that you have the empathy to be similar to the patients who you’ll be treating,” said Professor Stephen Smith, the founding dean of the school.
Professor Martyn Partridge, senior vice dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, NTU, said: “This might be new to Singapore. This is a technique which is well-tried over a decade or so in some other medical schools. And this is really about having a series of one-to-one interviews, where one particular interviewer might be a nurse, might be a doctor, might be an academic, might be a lay-person, sits with the individual applicant to really tease out insignificant details, some aspect, whether it’s about really understanding medicine as a career, or their empathy.
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine Overview
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine :Two world renowned institutions, One goal
The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine is a joint school between two of the world’s premier institutions of higher education, Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University. The new medical school established at NTU in Singapore offers a 5-year MBBS degree jointly awarded by both institutions. The first cohort of 50 medical students will be accepted for admission in 2013, with a gradual increase to 150 students or more annually.
The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine is named after the renowned business leader, pioneer and philanthropist Tan Sri Dato Lee Kong Chian in recognition of the gift of $150 million made by the Lee Foundation towards the establishment of the School.
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine: A milestone initiative for both institutions
The partnership agreement for the School of Medicine between Imperial College London and NTU was agreed and announced in 2010. The MBBS programme at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine will be the first time that Imperial has chosen to develop and deliver a course overseas. With the establishment of the School, NTU is expanding its array of programmes to include medical education to complement its existing technology based subjects.
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine Application Procedure
Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit a completed application. Please refer to the Guidelines for Submitting an Application for Faculty Appointment. The post applied for should be clearly stated.
Electronic submission of application is encouraged and can be forwarded to:
Nanyang Technological University
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
50 Nanyang Avenue, Block N2-B1c-15
E-mail: [email protected]
Positions are open until filled but review of applications will begin immediately.
Lee Kong Chian
Lee Kong Chian (Chinese: 李光前; pinyin: Lǐ Guāngqián; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lí Kong-tsiân), was a prominent businessman and philanthropist and the founder of The Lee Foundation in Singapore. He was one of Southeast Asia’s richest men in the 1950s and 1960s. He was the son-in-law of philanthropist Tan Kah Kee.
Staff in Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine