Yale-NUS and Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway

liberal arts and medicine pathway

A Different Kind of Doctor

The Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway shapes future clinicians who appreciate the interconnectedness of the sciences, social sciences and humanities in medical practice. Through the broad-based education at Yale-NUS College, graduates will be well-trained in the art of inquiry, enabling them to think and reason in a way that leads to greater cross-fertilization of ideas and new solutions in healthcare.

Successful students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours or Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours degree at Yale-NUS College, followed by a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at Duke-NUS Medical School.

Programme Highlights

A Yale-NUS education features the Common Curriculum that all undergraduates take, which encourages critical, creative, and active thinking through a range of subjects including comparative social inquiry, philosophy and political thought, quantitative reasoning, and more in the first two years with no prescribed majors.

In the third year, students confirm a major in order to gain deep knowledge in one area of study, while taking electives in other disciplines that give them an appreciation of how the sciences, social sciences and humanities all play a role in the practice of medicine.

Under the guidance of both their Yale-NUS major adviser and Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) staff adviser, students will also gain academic and non-academic experiences throughout their undergraduate programme that strengthen their commitment to the field of medicine in a broad sense. Students can expect to stay engaged with Duke-NUS through periodic meetings with Duke-NUS faculty on campus and invitations to activities designed to provide insights into the medical school experience and a career in medicine. A general overview of the mentorship and enrichment activities is below.

Mentorship and Enrichment Activities:

Requirements for Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway

The following will be considered in the selection process:

  • Academic excellence and motivation to study in the field of medicine 
  • Records of leadership experience and community service 
  • Performance at interviews

Note: The admissions processes for each school are independent of each other. Yale-NUS will be responsible for the entire period that students are in their course of study, while Duke-NUS will engage with students prior to their graduation from Yale-NUS, and for subsequent admissions into the MD programme.

How to Apply

1. Applicants will first need to complete the Yale-NUS undergraduate application indicating their interest in the “Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway” through a supplemental essay.

2. A complete application will consist of information from their Yale-NUS application, including letters of recommendation, and a supplemental personal statement about why they are interested in medicine.

3. Completed applications will be reviewed and selected applicants will be invited for interviews.

4. Finally, the Admissions Committee will review all interviewees and make a final decision. Successful applicants will receive a conditional admissions offer for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme at Duke-NUS.

Important Note

Students are expected to maintain a stipulated academic performance and fulfil conditions stated in the conditional offer for successful admission into the Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme upon their graduation. A general overview of the final acceptance criteria is illustrated below.

Final Acceptance Criteria:

  • Strong CAP
  • Complete the MCAT
  • Evidence of meaningful clinical/medical experiences
  • Successfully graduate from Yale-NUS College