MediCine Newsletter Issue 5 / February 2013

In this issue, we present to you the most recent adventures of the NUS Medicine community, ranging from the annual Public Health Screening to our very first Alumni Reunion for Class of 2001! This also includes details on the upcoming World Health Summit Regional Meeting Asia-Singapore (WHSRMAS).

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Lee Foundation Professionalism Award – AY 2011/2012

The Lee Foundation Award aims to promote a positive culture of professionalism among medical students by recognising and encouraging professional conduct, projects and activities.

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Playhouse 2012 – An Evening of Theatre

Playhouse, a time-honoured tradition amongst medical students, is an important intra-faculty theatrical competition. The production allows students to display their enthusiasm, talent and teamwork. Playhouse 2012 was no different! 

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Developing medical students with heart and empathy

The Longitudinal Patient Experience programme – a voluntary programme that was started in January this year, has had 60 first year medical students each befriend a patient with a chronic illness. The programme exposes medical undergraduates to the realities that patients face outside the hospital and in turn instill more empathy in their experiences.

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New admissions format for NUS medical school

From 2013, applicants to the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine will no longer need to go for a panel interview and sit an essay test. The new admissions format will require applicants to go through a series of interviews that evaluate skills such as empathy and teamwork, and a multiple-choice segment that assesses how the students respond in real-life scenarios.

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Singapore to host the inaugural World Health Summit Regional Meeting - Asia, 2013

Come April 2013, opinion leaders in health care, policy and research will gather in Singapore to discuss regional health issues and their impact on sustainable development in Asia. The inaugural three-day event will be organised by NUS and MOH Holdings with the theme "Health for Sustainable Development in Asia". 

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National Medical Research Council awards

Congratulations to Professor Edward Koo for receiving the prestigious Singapore Translational Research (STaR) Investigator Award, in recognition for his research in neurology, titled "Synaptic Injury in Alzheimer Disease: Mechanisms and Treatment". A total of 25 clinician-scientists from seven healthcare institutions received the awards along with grant funding for their research fields including cardiology, mental health, neurology and infectious diseases. 

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