Engineers to Clinicians
The practice of medicine is fast changing. The future of medicine will no longer be just about the application of science. We see technology playing a significant role and impacting treatment that is given to patients. The Engineering and Medicine track offered by Natonal University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Engineering and Duke-NUS Medical School prepares students with a background in engineering for leadership roles in healthcare as clinicians who can both treat patients and harness technological advancements to bring about innovations that impact medicine. Successful students will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree at NUS followed by a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at Duke-NUS Medical School.
Engineering students in this track can expect an interdisciplinary learning environment that stretches both their engineering and clinical knowledge. Students will be encouraged to apply their engineering skills to analyse issues in healthcare and develop innovations to address them. Learning will take place not only at NUS Engineering campus, but also at Duke-NUS Medical School and Singapore General Hospital’s Outram Campus.
During their undergraduate course of study in the Faculty of Engineering, students will participate in the Innovation and Design Programme (IDP) where they will be awarded a Second Major in Innovation & Design. Working closely with medical professionals and engineering faculty, students will conceptualize, design, test and develop medical technology for the healthcare industry.
To introduce current research issues in biomedicine, students will need to read GMS1000 - The Duke-NUS Pre-Med Course conducted at Duke-NUS Medical School. During their undergraduate studies in engineering, students can expect to stay engage with Duke-NUS through extra-curricular activities such as seminars, workshops, visits and mentorship. These activities are designed to build up their competency as future physicians. A general overview of the mentorship and enrichment activities is below.
Mentorship and Enrichment Activities
- Advising Sessions with Duke-NUS Medical School Faculty
- Duke-NUS Prehealth Experiential Programme
- Duke-NUS Medical Specialties Workshops
- Duke-NUS Alumni Clinical Observership
- Community Projects
Read about an engineering graduate who went on to pursue medicine at Duke-NUS Medical School
Requirements for Engineering and Medicine Track
Admission to the Engineering and Medicine track is competitive and only Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents (PR) may apply. 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
How to Apply
1. Applicants must first apply to NUS Faculty of Engineering, indicating their interest in the “Engineering and Medicine (Duke-NUS)” Track in their application form during the online NUS Application Exercise.
2. Upon acceptance of the offer of admissions to the Faculty of Engineering, shortlisted applicants who earlier indicated their interest will be invited to complete the online Duke-NUS Conditional Admissions Application, including:
- A completed online application
- A personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
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.
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) progamme upon their graduation. An general overview of the final acceptance criteria is illustrated below.
Final Acceptance Criteria:
- CAP of ≥4.4
- MCAT score of ≥509
- Evidence of meaningful clinical/medical experience
- Successfully graduate from NUS
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