NUS Pre-Medical Programme
The NUS Pre-Medical Programme provides a selected group of undergradaute students in NUS with a unique opportunity to better prepare themselves for entry to graduate medical programmes, such as the Doctor of Medicine programme at Duke-NUS. First and second year undergraduate students from any discipline in NUS may apply based on academic potential and achievements. Selected students take a semester long module, GMS1000: The Duke-NUS Pre-Med Course (NUS), taught by Duke-NUS postdoctoral fellows. Students' performance is assessed throughout the course, and only a few are selected as Pre-Med Scholars. These scholars are exposed to opportunities such as research and medical shadowing in Singapore and a student exchange programme at Duke University.
Students who are selected to be in the Pre-Medical Programme should:
- Maintain a CAP of at least 4.25.
- Participate actively in programmes and activities organised by their respective faculty.
- Receive personalized evaluation from Pre-Medical Advisors/Course Directors or project mentors.
1. GMS1000: The Duke-NUS Pre-Medical Course
All students who apply for the Pre-Medical Programme undergo a pre-selection process. Selected students are required to take a specifically designed GMS1000 module taught by senior postdoctoral fellows at Duke-NUS. This module will provide an opportunity for students to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to help them excel in their clinician scientist training. This also gives them an opportunity to interact with faculty members, clinical/postdoctoral fellows, medical/postgraduate students and other research staff at Duke-NUS.
The GMS1000 module has a total of 14 sessions, each lasting 2 hours on every Wednesday afternoon of the second semester.
Time: 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Venue: Lead Room, Level 2, Duke-NUS
For information on the GMS1000 module and how to apply, please click here.
The Duke-NUS Pre-Med Course concludes with a Poster Day where students present their research proposals.
2. Science Foundation
To be better prepared for graduate medical school entrance exams such as the MCAT or GAMSAT, students will need to acquire a strong foundation in science subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physiology, Physics, and Mathematics. Students may pursue a major in the sciences or acquire a strong grounding in the sciences via self-study.
3. Writing and Communication
It is extremely important for students to develop good writing and communication skills. Students are recommended to take reading, communications, writing and/or critical thinking module(s).
The best clinicians, scientists and medical professionals have diverse backgrounds that enable them to look at problems from unique perspectives. Students are encouraged to broaden their knowledge beyond their major by reading modules in different areas that are offered at their universities. A list of recommended modules offered in NUS can be found here.
1. Workshops and Tours
Under the Pre-Medical Programme, students are given the opportunity to tour the facilities in Academia, SingHealth Academy’s specialised facility for training purposes. This allows them to better understand the type of training healthcare professionals undergo throughout their career. Workshops are also conducted at Duke-NUS Medical School so that students are able to observe and try out simple medical skills.
Pre-Medical students on a tour around Academia, at the Simulated Operating Theatre.
Pre-Medical students on a tour around Academia, at the Surgical Skills Simulation Centre.
Pre-Medical students attend a suturing workshop conducted by Duke-NUS students.
2. Research Internships
Students will be required to complete at least one internship or undergraduate research project. This may be done at the faculties at NUS, relevant research institutes or biomedical research labs.
3. Volunteer Works
Volunteer work of all kinds allow students to demonstrate a commitment to the community, and add depth to their personal statements. Students who have volunteered in a medical setting would also have an advantage in showing an understanding of serving in healthcare. The quality of a volunteering experience is also important. For instance, it is more meaningful to dedicate longer periods of time to a single project that one is passionate about than to participate in several one-day events.
4. Medical Shadowing
While medical shadowing is not a mandatory medical school requirement, it is also an extremely important experience to have. Medical shadowing allows students to gain insight into what a typical day is like for doctors in a particular specialty, and helps students make an informed decision on pursuing medicine. Having medical shadowing experience adds considerable value to any medical school application.
5. Overseas Exposure
Students are able to gain an international and cross-cultural perspective on healthcare and research related topics by applying to go overseas via the student exchange programmes at NUS. Every year, 4-5 Pre-Medical Programme students have the opportunity to spend a semester on exchange programme in Duke University, USA.
A team of Pre-Medical Advisors will track the progress of the students and provide a distinctive and personalized evaluation throughout the students' candidature. The Pre-Medical Advisors are assigned to students according to their majors.
Frequently Asked Questions
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