The White Coat Ceremony marks the start of an exciting journey for the new class of medical students. It is a remarkable personal milestone that signifies a new medical student’s transition from a general member of the community into one who has accepted the calling of becoming a practitioner of medicine.

This year’s White Coat ceremony for the third intake of students (Class of 2013) was held at the atrium of the newly built Duke-NUS campus. There were around 300 attendees, including the guest of honor Mr. Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of A*STAR, Mr. Tony Chew, Chairman, Duke-NUS Governing Board, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President of NUS, and Dr. Jean Spaulding, trustee of the Duke Endowment and consultant at Duke Medical Center and Duke University Health System, who was also the master of ceremonies for the event. Other guests included the students’ families and significant others, faculty members, Governing Board members and the Classes of 2011 and 2012.

The new class of Duke-NUS medical students reciting the Hippocratic Oath.


The addition of this newest class to the Duke-NUS family brings the total to 130 students, hailing from 17 different countries. The latest batch is by far the largest, with 56 outstanding young individuals from countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, the United States, Canada, China, India, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Pakistan and Poland. The school is confident that each new student will bring their own unique perspective, adding to the richness and diversity of the class, and will spur each other toward excellence in everything they do.

Welcoming the Class of 2013!

Front row from left to right: Professor Patrick Casey, Senior Vice Dean of Research; Mr. Tony Chew, Chairman, 
Duke-NUS Governing Board; Mr Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of A*STAR; Professor Ranga Krishnan, Dean; Ms. Giselia Giam, Vice Dean, Corporate Services; Professor Soo Khee Chee, Vice Dean of Clinical and Faculty Affairs;
and Professor Robert Kamei, Vice Dean, Education.

Mr. Szymon Milkulski on stage with Guest of Honour Mr. Lim Chuan Poh