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5 things you can do as an NTU student at...

Set your sights on becoming a heart surgeon or a business analyst? A chemical engineer or a sports journalist? A drug researcher or a digital animator? No matter where your interest lies, there's plenty to look forward to as an undergraduate at NTU. HEY! gives a sneak preview

By Mabel Lee, Chrystal Chan, Christopher Ong, Siddiqua Ovais and Victoria Chang
From left: Shona Woo, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences; Henryk Abucewicz Tan, School of Humanities & Social Sciences; Brandon Teo, College of Engineering; and Yew Ying Teng, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
1. Use your iPad as a learning buddy
Get up to speed with your readings wherever you are with the medical school's broad use of e-learning. Whether you're at the school's Yunnan Garden or Novena campus, tap your iPad to easily download a variety of learning materials like voiceover presentations, timetables, iBooks, pre-recorded lectures and even interviews with scientists and clinicians.

2. Study in a simulated environment
Slightly nervous at the thought of injecting someone with a needle? Try drawing blood from a synthetic arm with fake blood, or interact with lifelike mannequins that can shiver, blink and mimic the symptoms of heart attacks and other maladies. The school's big use of simulated patients (think trained actors portraying patients with specific ailments), prosthetics and high-tech simulator models means you get to train in safe but realistic environments. Learn how to stitch a wound on an anxious patient, deliver bad news, calm angry patients and treat them holistically during a minor surgery.

3. Meet real patients two months into the course
As early as the second month of your medical studies, interact with real patients at polyclinics and Tan Tock Seng Hospital. You'll get the hands-on experience of working in an actual clinical environment and studying disease progression and its effects on patients. The school has the Family Medicine Academy at Bukit Batok Polyclinic, which is equipped with a clinical skills laboratory and specially designed consultation rooms where you can practise examining patients.

4. Dissect a human eye... virtually
Be amongst the first few in Southeast Asia to virtually dissect and study in-depth the various parts of the human anatomy using the Anatomage Table. It offers a realistic life-size digital rendering of the human body in 3D. At the medical school, you'll also get to study the workings of the human body using plastinated human specimens – a first in Singapore.

5. Pick the brains of medical heroes
Top-notch faculty members include Prof Dermot Kelleher, the School's Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London; global immunology expert Prof Philip Ingham, who has helped to develop a new anti-cancer drug; and Prof Bernhard Boehm, renowned in the field of clinical and experimental diabetes immunology.
DID YOU KNOW?
  • LKCMedicine's five-year programme is jointly offered by NTU and Imperial College London, whose medical school is ranked among the top 10 in the world.
  • The school's curriculum is built on innovative learning methods, with a strong focus on grooming patient-centric doctors. Students will need both good grades and a genuine empathy for patients to excel.
  • By 2015, a seven-storey Experimental Medicine Building will be completed at NTU. A 19-storey Clinical Sciences Building in Novena will be equipped with social spaces like learning studios, alcove clusters, seminar rooms and student lounges. The Novena campus is located directly opposite Tan Tock Seng Hospital, making it easy for students to access clinical settings.