A global partnership in medical education between Duke University and the National University of Singapore

Acad Med. 2008 Feb;83(2):122-7. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e318160b8bc.


Duke University and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have partnered to launch a new medical school that brings the American style of postbaccalaureate medical education to Asia. The new institution, called the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (GMS) and located in Singapore adjacent to the Singapore General Hospital, admitted its inaugural class of students representing citizens of seven nations in August 2007. The project represents an investment of more than $350 million from three ministries of the Singapore government, and a commitment on Duke's part to provide senior leadership and recruit faculty from Duke, from other international locales, and from within Singapore itself. Graduating students who complete the four-year Duke curriculum will receive an MD degree awarded jointly by Duke and NUS, thereby distinguishing this school from medical education in most Asian institutions that award an MBBS degree after a five-year period of study that follows directly from secondary school. The emphasis of the Duke-NUS GMS is to prepare physician-scientists for academic careers, with plans for 20% of each class to complete a combined MD/PhD degree. This article describes events leading up to this partnership and details of the relationship, including curriculum, organizational structure, milestones, and goals.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Graduate / organization & administration*
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / organization & administration*
  • Global Health*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • Internet
  • Models, Educational
  • North Carolina
  • Program Development
  • Schools, Medical / organization & administration*
  • Singapore