Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

The History and Progress of the Duke-NUS

The need for a graduate medical school

The beginnings of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore 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 plans to spend more than $3 billion over five years to accelerate development in the biomedical sciences. It has offered incentives to attract companies to Singapore, and is 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 physician-scientists needed to support the Biomedical Sciences Initiative.

The 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-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

Item ID Title/Description Date
Blazing a Trail in Tomorrow's Medicine and Science 2008-11-19
Vital Science (2008-03) 2008, March
Vital Science (2008-09) 2008, September
Vital Science (2009-04) 2009, April
Vital Science (2009-08) 2009, August
Vital Science (2009-11) 2009, November
Vital Science (2010-02) 2010, February
Vital Science (2010-05) 2010, May
Vital Science (2010-08) 2010, August
Vital Science (2010-11) 2010, November


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