In July 2016, the inaugural Medical Laboratory Science Forum 2016 was held at Republic Polytechnic. The forum was jointly organized by the Biomedical Science Sector Co-ordination Team (BMS SCT) chaired by RP and comprising the polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), and the Singapore Association for Medical Laboratory Sciences (SAMLS). The Guest-of-Honour for the event was Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliament Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Trade and Industry & Mayor, South West CDC.
The forum was attended by over 400 participants comprising of students and staff from the five polytechnics and ITE as well as industry partners from the medical technology sector. The key objective of the event was to increase awareness of the role of medical technologists in providing healthcare services. Through a series of informative talks and a panel discussion by professionals from the industry, students were able to gain a better understanding of what they can expect when they pursue a career as a medical technologist.
Besides the talks and panel discussion, industry partners from the hospitals and clinical laboratories in both the public and private sector, and medical technology related companies were invited to set up career booths at the event. The participating companies included Changi General Hospital, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Sengkang Health, Singapore General Hospital, Parkway Laboratory Services Ltd, Quest Laboratories, Mediwell Enterprise Pte Ltd and PerkinElmer Singapore Pte Ltd. In addition, innovative projects by the different polytechnics and medical laboratories were on display.