The NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) welcomed its latest batch of doctors-to-be at its White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2027 on 16 August. For the second year running, the school took in its largest cohort of 168 new medical students.
In welcoming the students, NTU President Professor Subra Suresh said in his opening speech: “LKCMedicine Class of 2027, you are embarking on your medical education at a truly exciting and challenging time in human history. We live in an increasingly complex and competitive world, one that is rapidly changing due to new and disruptive technologies.”
“As you begin your medical education, I wish you all the very best in your journey to advance science, knowledge and medicine for the good of humanity.”
The ceremony, which sees incoming medical students receive their white coats from their tutors and teachers, is a symbolic welcome signifying the beginning of their medical career.
“The idea of conferring white coats at the start of medical education is that patients and staff will recognise you as student doctors,” said Professor Joseph Sung, NTU Senior Vice President (Health & Life Sciences) and Dean of LKCMedicine. “Wearing the white coat will assist you in your transition into clinical settings. The white coat also reminds you of the professionalism that is required when meeting with patients.”