Duke–NUS Medical School

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Duke-NUS Medical School
杜克—国大医学研究生院 (Chinese)
Duke-NUS Medical School Logo.jpg
TypeGraduate school
Parent institution
Duke University and NUS
DeanThomas M. Coffman

The Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) is a graduate medical school in Singapore. It is a collaboration between Duke University from the United States and the National University of Singapore from Singapore. The school was set up in 2005 as the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. Duke-NUS follows the American model of post-baccalaureate medical education, in which students begin their medical studies after earning a bachelor’s degree.

Duke-NUS and SingHealth form the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medicine Centre which brings together clinicians, educators and researchers to bring about an improvement in patients' care.


Duke-NUS was founded in 2005. Construction of Duke-NUS's primary facility, the Khoo Teck Puat Building, started in Dec 2006.[1] In May 2009, Duke-NUS moved into the building at the Outram campus of Singapore General Hospital, next to the College of Medicine Building. The building was officially opened by Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong on 28 September 2009. The 13 story building is green certified and was the tallest building at the Outram campus before the recent completion of another academic building.


Major research areas in Duke-NUS include:

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

Under the SingHealth Academic Medicine partnership, Duke-NUS also undertakes clinical research at affiliated hospitals, clinics and specific research sites. It also supports clinical research by providing senior diseases experts and senior quantitative experts as part of mentoring teams.

Graduate programs[edit]

Doctor of Medicine program[edit]

Duke-NUS' Doctor of Medicine (MD) program is a four-year program that follows the Duke University School of Medicine curriculum.[2][3] Students who successfully complete the course of study and fulfill all requirements will be awarded a joint MD degree from Duke University and the National University of Singapore.

The Duke-NUS curriculum is similar to that of Duke University, consisting of four years: the first year is pre-clerkship; second year clerkship; third year research; and fourth year for advanced clinical rotations. Duke-NUS employs an extensive team-based learning method called TeamLEAD (Learn, Engage, Apply, Develop). Students prepare for class with pre-reading materials and recorded lectures, They begin the class with a test. Students then proceed to discuss test questions and other open-ended questions in a small group setting. The faculty act as facilitators for student discussions, moving away from traditional pedagogical teaching.[2]

Duke-NUS accepted its first MD students in 2007.[3] The first class of MD students graduated in 2011. Since then,[when?] over 200 students have graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree.[citation needed]

Duke-NUS accepts about 60 to 70 students in each cohort. 2/3 of the students are Singaporeans or Permanent Residents of Singapore. The rest of the students come from over 20 countries, such as Canada, China, India, Malaysia, South Korea and the U.S.. The average age of incoming medical student is 24 years old.[citation needed]

Prospective students are required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The mean MCAT score of the 2011 admission was 33.[3] Typically, successful applicants have entrance MCAT scores of over 30 and GPAs over 3.5. Most students admitted had at least 10 on both Physical and Biological Sciences. Besides MCAT, the Admission Committee also evaluates applicants based on their academic performance, research experience, and evidence of leadership capabilities.[citation needed]

PhD program[edit]

Duke-NUS offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme in Integrated Biology and Medicine. Students complete the following: 4 months of laboratory rotations, and research to a total of 4 – 5 years of PhD work in Singapore. The class size is currently about 15 students. Successful candidates will be awarded a PhD from both the National University of Singapore and Duke University in the USA.

MD-PhD program[edit]

Duke-NUS offers an MD-PhD programme, where students complete the following: 1 year of basic science coursework, 1 year of clinical rotations, 4 years of PhD work in Singapore, and 1 final year of clinical rotations. Successful candidates will be awarded a joint MD degree from Duke University and National University of Singapore, plus a PhD degree from the National University of Singapore.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Duke-NUS names its new building after late philanthropist, Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat".
  2. ^ a b staff. "AAMC Readiness for Reform: Duke – National University of Singapore Case Study Implementing Team-Based Learning for Medical Students" (PDF). Association of American Medical Colleges. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  3. ^ a b c Kamei, Cook; Puthucheary, Starmer (2012). "21st Century Learning in Medicine: Traditional Teaching versus Team-Based Teaching". Medical Science Educator. 22 (2). Archived from the original on 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2013-08-01.

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