NTU medical school hosts inter-school competition for aspiring doctors

Published on : 15-Apr-2017


Over 150 students from 20 junior colleges and polytechnics took part in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore’s (NTU Singapore) first ever inter-school medical competition today.

Two teams from Hwa Chong Institution bagged the first and second prize, while River Valley High School clinched the third spot.

On winning the top prize, team leader Cheong Jia Sheng, 17, said, “We are grateful to our seniors for their guidance and to NTU medical school students for this opportunity to learn more about human anatomy. Through this competition, we are even more inspired to become doctors and contribute back to society in future.”

Organised by students from the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine), the inaugural Anatomy Challenge saw participants learn about the various aspects of human anatomy, from its history to the latest imaging technologies, and how these are applied in modern clinical practice.

Dean of LKCMedicine Professor James Best said the event aims to inspire aspiring doctors by providing them real insights into anatomy and a chance to experience the school’s modern teaching approaches. 

He said, “At LKCMedicine, we have developed an innovative curriculum that brings clinical relevance and patient contact right at the start of our medical teaching, including the structure of the human body. Anatomy is now taught as functional anatomy that gives students a strong foundation on which to build their chosen career, because a working knowledge of anatomy is relevant to every branch of medicine. So having gone through the experience of learning anatomy LKCMedicine style, our students came up with the idea and planned this event in its entirety. It is one of only three medical-themed quizzes in the region for students and is designed as an enjoyable learning experience.”

Apart from the competition, students got to observe demonstrations of high-tech medical teaching equipment such as the Anatomage Table which allows for virtual dissections. They also had the opportunity to inspect plastinated specimens and gain an understanding on the use of clinical imaging technologies. The students also received exclusive career advice from NTU professors, doctors and clinicians from Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Year three NTU medical student Aric Lee, 23, who is the chair of the organising committee, said, “Through these activities, we hope our pre-university juniors will be inspired by the inner intricacies of the human body, and leave with a thirst to know more.”

Gracing the event as the Guest-of-Honour, was Emeritus Consultant Clinical Professor Low Cheng Hock from Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s Department of General Surgery, who awarded the prizes to the winners.

He said, “I’m delighted to see the student-organisers’ enthusiasm and passion for learning and showcasing anatomy knowledge – also reflected in the overwhelming response for participation by Singapore’s pre-university students. It is my hope that the participants will be inspired to continue pursuing knowledge in anatomy. And that we as educators continue to explore innovative ways to teach it.”

Teams were assessed by a three-member judging panel, which include LKCMedicine Visiting Professor and Warwick School of Medicine Professor of Clinical Anatomy Peter Abrahams, who is a world-authority in anatomy, and author of clinical anatomy textbooks used in medical schools the world over. 

The other judges include LKCMedicine Senior Lecturer and Lead for Anatomy Dr Sreenivasulu Reddy Mogali and LKCMedicine Assistant Professor and Tan Tock Seng Hospital Department of Diagnostic Radiology Senior Consultant Gerald Tan.

See the Annex for more info about the winning teams and competition.

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About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a 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 for 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).

Ranked 13th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last three years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg 


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