Advanced Clinical Rotations - Course Descriptions

Family Medicine Clerkship

The Family Medicine clerkship is a longitudinal course that runs concurrently with the Research Curriculum. This clerkship consists of 3 components, the first of which is the Knowledge Foundation Module that provides students with the knowledge base for family medicine. The second component is the Continuity Clinic Module, designed to provide students with clinical experience in the practice of family medicine. In this module, students will learn the translation of medicine into patient care in the community setting. Lastly, in the Patient-Centered Care Module, students will be required to follow-up patients with on-going chronic medical illnesses at primary care physician or hospital out-patient clinics setting.

This clerkship will equip students with the basic competencies of family medicine that will stand them in good stead should they choose to enter a family medicine residency program in the future.


Critical Care Medicine Core Rotation

The Critical Care Medicine is a two-week advanced clinical posting for students to gain a deeper understanding on the role of the intensivists in ICU. Students will be posted to the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) to gain exposure in the management of critically ill patients.

By the end of this rotation, students will learn to recognize signs and symptoms of critical illness, and participate in the initial assessment and early treatment of the critically ill or injured.


Emergency Medicine Core Rotation

The Emergency Medicine is a two-week advanced clinical posting that introduces our students to a wide range of clinical emergencies which they are expected to handle during their formative years as an Intern or Resident. This is a practical “hands-on” rotation where students will be assigned to work hand-in-hand with the Emergency Room doctors and nurses on the floor.

By the end of this rotation, students will be able to recognize signs and symptoms of critical illness, as well as participate in the initial assessment and early treatment of the critically ill or injured patients. They will also mature as clinical problem solvers by attending to several patients per day with undifferentiated symptoms.


Musculoskeletal Core Rotation

The Musculoskeletal (MSK) Core Rotation is a four-week advanced clinical posting that provides our students with the opportunity to appreciate and participate in practical aspects of caring for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Students will also gain an exposure to the sub-specialties of Hand Surgery, Orthopedics Surgery, Plastics, Reconstructive and Aesthetics Surgery and Rheumatology & Immunology.

By the end of this rotation, students would have seen a variety of MSK conditions, formulated pattern recognition of common MSK conditions, and learned communication skills necessary to contribute as a responsible and safe member of the MSK team.


Medicine Sub-Internship

The Medicine Sub-Internship is a four-week advanced clinical posting to further strengthen the diagnostic process of our students and involve them in the actual delivery of care. Day-to-day acute and more routine clinical management will be emphasized. Students will acquire in-depth knowledge of Core Conditions that are common in the population, including cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, sepsis, anaemia, osteoporosis and others.

By the end of the Medicine Sub-Internship, students will skilled in the clerking of patients, analyzing their medical problems, initiating simple laboratory investigations to refine the differential diagnoses, instituting basic medical treatment and adjusting the working diagnoses as more information arise in their clinical course during the in-patient stay.


Surgery Sub-Internship

The Surgery sub-internship rotation is a four-week advanced clinical posting that consolidates the foundations of surgical care and improve students’ proficiency in clinical history taking, examination and analysis of clinical data. Students will have the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and clinical skills developed in Year 2 surgical clerkship.

This sub-internship program requires students to be integral members of the surgical team. The learning process is acquisition of knowledge through practical training. Students are expected to relate well and work closely with all the team members, as well as the nursing and ancillary staff.


Practice Course 3

Practice Course 3 (PC3) aims to prepare Duke‐NUS medical students to be exemplary trainees in the academic training environment. The environment in Singapore, and worldwide, is in flux, and physicians are required to have skills well beyond exemplary medical knowledge. PC3 is designed to foster the skills required for the expert clinician and resident/medical officer.



Capstone is the final course in the MD curriculum, taking place a few weeks before graduation. As a preparatory course for life as a new doctor, Capstone provides an opportunity for our students to reflect on their achievements, deficiencies and concerns. Students are also reminded of the social mission of medicine, as well as the standards and demands expected of doctors throughout the course.

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