New medical school selects 54 students out of more than 800 applicants
Singapore newest medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, has picked its inaugural batch of 54 students out of more than 800 A-list applicants. The school being set up by Nanyang Technological University and Imperial College London said it shortlisted 440 of them to attend a series of eight short interviews.
The final 54 chosen medical students - all Singaporeans - had almost perfect scores in the interviews and also aced their BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT).
Two out of three students are A-levels holders and 90 per cent of them are among the top students in their cohort. The remaining one-third has equally outstanding results, with qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate and the NUS High School diploma.
Besides boosting the number of doctors for Singapore, the school hopes to see more of their graduates becoming clinician scientists - doctors who do research and drive scientific discovery in medicine, on top of treating patients.