a rose by any other name

STUDENTS of the third medical school to open here in 2013 will be trained to put the patient at the heart of what they do.

To do this, simulation education will be made a big part of the curriculum at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.

Students learning to stitch up a wound will, for example, be faced with an actor wearing a silicone wound, who can be primed to cry in pain or be plain difficult to handle.

This method of learning is gaining popularity in medical schools, said Dr Roger Kneebone, a professor of surgical education at Imperial College London.

New med school going big on simulation, by Stacey Chia, The Straits Times, 24 November 2011, page B7

Dr Roger Kneebone!!! When I read that, I went: what a suitable name for a doctor, and one of surgery to boot!!! :D

And about the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LCKSoM)……

When I was finalizing the content for our only special issue this year, the Medical Education Issue in June, I realized that we had a pretty good mix of articles on medical education, about the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, older doctors reminiscing on their undergrad days and even a couple on overseas medical education.

But…… we were missing one article. An article on the upcoming third local medical school!

So when my editor called me about the lineup for the special issue, I told him, then I told him that we needed to get one on the LCKSoM. He agreed enthusiastically, and after sending out some signals, managed to get hold of LCKSoM’s senior vice dean, Prof Martyn R Partridge. And Prof Partridge agreed to write an article for us without hesitation! WHAT A COUP.

He actually managed to submit a very succint writeup in a day or two. And of course, you can read it HERE.


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