Duke-NUS Alumni Clinical Observership (DACO)

If medicine is a career that you would like to pursue, the Duke-NUS Alumni Clinical Observership (DACO) is a good springboard to gain insights into the profession. Under DACO, you will be paired with a practising doctor, who is a Duke-NUS alumnus, for a 2-day taster of what their work entails. Observerships are carried out in June and December each year and is meant to be an introduction to shadowing. The intent of DACO is to encourage participants to seek subsequent shadowing opportunities on their own initiative. Learn how to make the most of your shadowing experience.

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As places are limited, Duke-NUS will only accept applicants who:

- are enrolled in 2nd year or above in an undergraduate degree programme OR have graduated with a bachelor’s degree at point of application,
- are in good academic standing,
- have been involved in community or social work, and
- have not already been accepted for an earlier run of DACO.

Application Process

The observership will be offered twice each year, in June and December. Those interested should apply by April and October respectively.

To apply, you will need to submit an online application and supporting documents (university transcript) within the following application windows.

For observerships between 10-14 Dec 2018, Applications will be opened from 1 September 2018 till 22 October 2018. You may submit your application at this URL:


If successful, you will be assigned to an available Duke-NUS alumni mentor for the observership. Mentors come from various specialties and hospitals; once assigned a mentor, you may not request for any changes. Only successful applicants will be notified.

Things to Note

1. The 2-day observership will take place on any 2 consecutive days within the period stated, depending on doctors’ availability. Please ensure that you make yourself available for the entire window.

2. Depending on the hospital/institute assigned for the observership, additional requirements, such as administrative fees, health screenings, vaccinations and more, may be stipulated.

3. Observers are responsible for obtaining any necessary vaccination required by the hospital they are assigned to before the observership takes place. While not all hospitals require vaccinations, you are strongly encouraged to obtain the following vaccinations beforehand for your own safety. As certain vaccinations include booster shots spread out over many weeks, do give yourself ample lead time (approximately 2 months). Please also note that certain hospitals enforce the need for vaccinations. e.g. those matched to doctors at KKH will require the following: 

a. Chickenpox: Applicants must have-
i. Varicella IgG positive OR
ii. Completed 2 doses of chickenpox vaccine OR
iii. Doctor-diagnosed chickenpox infection in the past

b. Rubella/MMR: Applicants must have-
i. Rubella IgG positive OR
ii. Completed 2 doses of MMR

c. Applicants with pediatric/ neonatal patients contact must have:
i. 1 dose of Boostrix/Tdap vaccine as an adult

4. Observers must be medically fit during the observership period.

For enquiries, email admissions@duke-nus.edu.sg.