Doctor of Medicine (MD) Programme

At Duke-NUS we are driven by our core values. Our passion is delivering a medical education program that is based on two goals: providing active learning opportunities and supporting personalized deeper dives in areas of interest. We achieve these through our world renowned TeamLEAD educational strategy which promotes collaboration and teamwork, and through our students’ participation in a mentored research experience where they use their innovation and creativity to answer significant, cutting-edge research questions. We believe that this teamwork oriented approach, in this multi-ethnic environment, allows our students to gain a richer appreciation and respect for diversity, and promotes the development of their professionalism.

The Duke-NUS MD program is a 4-year graduate program. Students are awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD) jointly by Duke University and the National University of Singapore (NUS). To find out more about our MD curriculum, please see the curriculum links below.

Pre-Clerkship Experience

Doctor of Medicine 

The hallmark of the Duke-NUS pre-clerkship curriculum is in both the content and the TeamLEAD pedagogy. In alignment with the Duke University School of Medicine curriculum, Duke-NUS integrates the basic science content into one year of study rather than two as in most graduate medical schools. We value class time as an opportunity for students to apply knowledge obtained from preparatory materials (eg. Video-recorded lectures, readings etc.), in a way that fosters the critical skills and aptitudes necessary for future leaders of medicine: teamwork, leadership, and the pursuit of curiosity. Our dedicated teaching faculty are drawn from our Signature Research Programs and clinical affiliates.

Clerkship Experience

Clerkship Experience 

In their first clinical year, our students learn the fundamentals of patient care such as establishing rapport, respect and trust, and develop their clinical skills in history taking, physical exam and management of patients. During this broad-based exposure to the core specialties, students will experience the fundamentals of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Surgery, and Medicine. Our hospital affiliates have a long and distinguished history of clinical teaching.

Research Experience

Research Experience 

Duke-NUS students participate in a 9-month mentored research activity that allows them to explore cutting-edge scientific issues, and helps build the skills fundamental to becoming leaders in healthcare. This intensive experience is the crown jewel of the Duke-NUS curriculum and prepares our students to not only practice medicine, but also to improve the practice of medicine.

Advanced Clinical Experience

Advanced Clinical Experience 

Preparing for residency requires an opportunity to participate in patient care with an increased level of responsibility. To do this, our students have advanced clinical training in core specialties such as Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Medicine, and Critical Care as well as elective time to explore areas based on career interest.

Read about the Learning Philosophy behind the Duke-NUS Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme.

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