Yale-NUS liberal arts students can pursue career in medicine with Duke-NUS partnership

Prospective students can apply for the pathway via the Yale-NUS undergraduate application.
Prospective students can apply for the pathway via the Yale-NUS undergraduate application.ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO

SINGAPORE - Liberal arts undergraduates from Yale-NUS College will find it easier to pursue a career in medicine with the launch of a tie-up between the college and Duke-NUS Medical School.

The two schools have jointly launched a new pathway for liberal arts students who plan to go into medicine, in a bid to "shape future clinicians who appreciate the inter-connectedness of the sciences, social sciences and humanities in medical practice". 

The pathway will start in August 2018 and prospective students can apply for the pathway via the Yale-NUS undergraduate application,  the two schools said in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 16). 
Successful applicants will receive an admission offer to Yale-NUS’ four-year undergraduate programme and a conditional admission to Duke-NUS’ Doctor of Medicine (MD) graduate programme.

"Applicants will be assessed on their motivation for medicine, their passion for community service, and academic and leadership accomplishments and potential," the schools said.

At the end of their third year at Yale-NUS, students will submit a formal application to Duke-NUS for the graduate programme to "secure their conditional admission".

Under the pathway, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Yale-NUS, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Duke-NUS.

Students will also have access to several programmes at Duke-NUS to prepare them for a medical career, the statement said.

"These include an immersion programme designed to provide insights into graduate entry medicine, roles of medical professionals and medical practice in Singapore, clinical observership and medical specialties workshops."

Yale-NUS also has partnerships with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies to offer concurrent degree programmes in the fields of public policy, public health and environmental studies.

It also offers a double degree programme in law, in partnership with the NUS Faculty of Law.