Prehealth Experiential Programme (PrEP)

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Thinking about medical school? Make an informed decision by spending a week with us this summer at Duke-NUS Medical School.

Programme Overview

The Prehealth Experiential Programme (PrEP) is an intensive weeklong immersion programme designed to provide insights into graduate entry medicine, roles of medical professionals and medical practice in Singapore. The programme is held at Duke-NUS located on the Singapore General Hospital Outram campus. Facilitators and speakers hail from among the community of students, trainees, staff, faculty, and healthcare professionals from Duke-NUS Medical School and Singapore Health Services.

Programme Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of PrEP are for all participants to successfully:

• Recognize the core personal attributes essential to becoming competent clinicians, including resilience/adaptability, teamwork, capacity for improvement, critical thinking, service-orientation, reliability, ethical responsibility, communication and social/interpersonal skills

• Recognize the key components toward adopting a critically reflective practice

• Communicate the scope and significance of medical professionalism

• Recognize the importance of different healthcare professions and inter-professional collaborations in providing safe and holistic patient-centered care

• Describe salient points related to the healthcare system in Singapore

• Identify and critically reflect on a healthcare-related topic such as psychosocial aspects of patient-centred care, chronic care, transitions or coordination of care, safety in healthcare, professionalism, ethics, system errors, multidisciplinary care, or advocacy for quality patient care


Facilitators and speakers, such as Dr T. Thirumoorthy (pictured above) hail from among the community of students, trainees, staff, faculty, and healthcare professionals from Duke-NUS Medical School and Singapore Health Services.

Programme Preview

Programme participants will meet the learning objectives by experiencing a series of interactive workshops, simulation sessions, seminars, and panel discussions, among others. Highlighted below is a sampling of sessions:

Medical Professionalism: Medicine is beyond the application of science. Through case studies and reflective exercises, you can learn of the components of professionalism and their impact on the practice of medicine.

Communication skills: Effective communication skills are critical to healthcare practice. Through practical sessions, you can gain insight into some do's and don'ts on improving communication skills.

Community-based learning: Learning will not only take place in the classroom, but by interacting with health care professionals in action.

Clinical skills: Curious about what your doctor is listening to with a stethoscope? Through simulation exercises, our MD students will introduce you to the basics of auscultation; a fundamental component of physical examination.

Signature Research Programmes : Learn about the latest discoveries in research areas relevant to Singapore, the region, and globally through discussions with Duke-NUS PhD candidates shedding light on the impact of their research.

MCAT tips: The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized test administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Duke-NUS MD students will share tips on effectively preparing for the MCAT.

Programme Application Process

Dates: PrEP will run Monday through Friday, July 2018 (dates tbc).

Fees: The administrative fee for the 5-day programme is S$420, excluding Goods and Service Tax (7%). Accommodation and meals are not provided.

Application: The programme is open to intellectually curious individuals, regardless of nationality, who will join and enrich the programme by showing curiosity, participating actively, and building new relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds. As the programme is developed for those interested in graduate entry medicine, participants are expected to have at a minimum completed one year of university studies at the time of joining PrEP.

Application for PrEP in July 2018 will open in March 2018. In the meantime, you may leave your contact on our INTEREST FORM and we will notify you when applications open.

Participants who successfully fulfill the programme goals and objectives are presented with a certificate of participation.

For enquiries on PrEP, email Mr Chris Lee at