Before turning to the stars of the day, Prof Coffman honoured the inaugural cohort of Master Academic Clinicians, who were inducted in January 2021 when the Hall was first launched.
Addressing this group, who were beamed onto the big screen, he said, “Thank you for joining us. We’re proud of what you’ve done.”
After the video presentation, Chairman of Duke-NUS’ Governing Board Mr Goh Yew Lin took the stage. Reflecting on the words and experiences of these soon-to-be inducted Master Academic Clinicians, he said they are “a perfect representation of the greater heights that we achieve through our strategic Academic Medical partnership with SingHealth.”
“By combining the complementary strengths of our two institutions, we broke through to a whole new plane of excellence, one where we gained international recognition and made a global impact on healthcare,” said Mr Goh, noting that it is the talent pool on the academic medical campus that underpins these accomplishments.
Following Mr Goh’s congratulatory message, the 2022 inductees were presented with their trophies on stage, marking their official induction into the Hall.
Taking the stage after the induction, SingHealth Chairman Mr Cheng Wai Keung also offered his congratulations to the newly named Master Academic Clinicians.
“The SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre is proud to foster the development of world-class clinical practice alongside academic excellence. It is this twin mission that has enabled us to spearhead innovations in research and education and transform clinical practice to improve lives here in Singapore and beyond,” he added.
The Hall is one of several ways in which Duke-NUS recognises its clinical faculty. At the same ceremony, 30 senior clinical faculty members were also appointed or promoted to the ranks of associate or full professor. These clinicians have an excellent track record of outstanding academic accomplishments in their fields and are sought-after mentors to medical students as well as their junior colleagues and peers.