Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

Introduction

The need for a US-style medical school

The beginnings of the Duke-NUS medical school can be traced to 2000 when Singapore launched an ambitious Biomedical Sciences Initiative designed to make the country the biomedical hub of Asia, and to attract both research and health sector manufacturing capabilities to Singapore.

In the Initiative, the government planned to spend more than S$3 billion over five years to accelerate development in the biomedical sciences. It offered incentives to attract companies to Singapore and was funding research institutes devoted to genomics, bioinformatics, bioengineering, nanotechnology, molecular and cell biology, and cancer therapies.

In 2001, a Medical Education Review Panel chaired by Lord Oxburgh of England evaluated the plan and recommended that Singapore establish a graduate medical school (Duke-NUS) to produce the highly trained medical leaders needed to support the Biomedical Sciences Initiative.

Duke-NUS is intended to complement the National University of Singapore's existing undergraduate medical school, based on the British model of medical education, in which students enter medical school after completing their Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level examinations (or equivalent) and then pursue a five-year curriculum towards a medical degree.

According to the Ministry of Education, the establishment of a graduate medical school will increase the supply of doctors practicing in Singapore, give the country the flexibility to produce more physicians to meet future needs, and train doctors who are exposed to clinically-related research, thus increasing the nation's capacity to develop a vibrant biomedical hub.

Duke and the National University of Singapore signed a formal agreement in April 2005 under which the two institutions would partner to establish a new medical school in Singapore.

Under the agreement, the Singapore government has made a significant investment over the first seven years to establish Duke-NUS as part of Singapore’s strategy to become a leading centre for medical research and education.

Following the exceptionally strong progress in the first phase, on 30 November 2010, the Singapore government signalled their resounding support by extending the Duke and NUS strategic collaboration in education and research by another five years.

The school's curriculum is patterned after that of the Duke University School of Medicine. The school is part of the National University of Singapore system, but unique in that it is overseen by a Governing Board, including a Duke representative who has veto power over any academic decision made by the Board.

Victor J. Dzau, MD, chancellor for health affairs at Duke University, serves as Duke's representative on the Board.

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Programs

This school also offers:

M.D.

Doctor of Medicine (MD) / PhD Track

Campus Full time 7 years July 2019 Singapore Buona Vista area

For students wishing to further their academic training, Duke-NUS offers a combined MD/Ph.D. track. This can be done at the time of initial application or at select points after matriculation into the MD program, including at the time of entry into the 2nd year. [+]

For students wishing to further their academic training, Duke-NUS offers a combined MD/Ph.D. track. This can be done at the time of initial application or at select points after matriculation into the MD program, including at the time of entry into the 2nd year. Each year, an estimated 20% of the MD class may be offered a place in the MD/Ph.D. track. Applicants holding an MD or MBBS degree are not eligible for the MD/Ph.D. track, but if interested, may apply to the Duke-NUS Ph.D. program in Integrated Biology and Medicine.

All applicants for the MD/Ph.D. program are required to sit for the MCAT. This program does not accept GRE scores. Assuming successful fulfillment of requirements, students in the MD program will be awarded a joint Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Duke University and the National University of Singapore. For those having completed the MD/Ph.D. option, the Ph.D. degree will be awarded by the National University of Singapore.... [-]


Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program

Campus Full time 4 years July 2019 Singapore Buona Vista area

This program spans 4 years and graduates are awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD) jointly by Duke University and NUS. [+]

This program spans 4 years and graduates are awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD) jointly by Duke University and NUS. Duke-NUS is the first medical school in Southeast Asia to follow a Graduate Entry Medicine model, whereby all students are at a minimum required to have a bachelor’s degree. The school’s mission is aimed at producing outstanding leaders in medical research, education, and patient care. Its innovative program with a distinctive focus on research is modeled after the curriculum at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and adapted to the local learning environment and learner needs.

The application to our program opens in April, and December 1st is the final deadline for each year. Particularly strong candidates are encouraged to apply by September 1 to be considered for early acceptance. Admissions requirements are the same for both the early and regular acceptance options. We select and accept candidates throughout the application period. Admissions decisions are made by the Duke-NUS Admissions Committee and are final. Admission to Duke-NUS is highly selective. The MD curriculum at Duke-NUS is rigorous and proven academic success is key to gaining admission to the program. Our Admissions Committee evaluates all applications based on a variety of criteria to enroll truly talented individuals.... [-]


PhD

PhD program in Integrated Biology Medicine (IBM)

Campus Full time 4 - 5 years August 2018 Singapore Buona Vista area

The program distinguishes itself from others by emphasizing training in translational bioscience, preparing cutting edge researchers to take their research findings from "bench to bedside." [+]

Ph.D. program in Integrated Biology Medicine (IBM)

Duke-NUS launched its inaugural Ph.D. program in Integrated Biology and Medicine (IBM) in August 2010. The program distinguishes itself from others in Singapore and abroad by emphasizing training in translational bioscience, preparing cutting edge researchers to take their research findings from "bench to bedside." Students will complete their advanced training in one of Duke-NUS’s five Signature Research Programs:

Cancer and Stem Cell Biology Emerging Infectious Diseases Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Health Services and Systems Research

The degree, which will take on average 4 to 5 years to complete, culminates with the development of a written thesis and a successful oral dissertation defense. Like the Duke-NUS MD program, the Ph.D. core course incorporates a novel education strategy which rapidly transitions students to a mode of learning better suited for a lifelong career in biomedical research. From the first week in the program, students are introduced to scientific literature searches, evaluation and critique of seminal scientific papers. The core curriculum is delivered in a small group collaborative learning environment that reinforces critical thinking and public debate.... [-]


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