With more than 110 years behind it, the NUS Undergraduate Medicine Programme is unique in its in-depth knowledge and understanding of clinical challenges facing Singapore and the region. The Programme is constantly reviewed to meet the needs of an evolving healthcare landscape.
Key features of the Programme that have made NUS Medicine Asia’s leading medical school:
1. Integration of basic science with clinical science
The first two years of basic science education feature the application of knowledge in clinical scenarios presented as a Collaborative Learning Case (CLC). This is an innovative teaching approach that fosters integration and application of basic science content to clinical cases, so that students can better apply basic science to clinical conditions. The sessions are conducted in small groups and taught in a highly interactive manner with the use of technology to enhance students’ learning experience.
2. Early clinical exposure
Clinical exposure starts in the first year of study, to help students develop the soft skills and understanding which competent doctors need. The Patient-Based Programme (PBP) introduces Year 1 students to the hospital system, the practice of medicine and application of biomedical science in clinical settings. The Longitudinal Patient Experience (LPE) is an initiative that seeks to introduce medical students to the importance of healthcare in the daily lives of patients and their families, and at the same time further instil compassion and empathy in our students.
3. Simulation-based teaching embedded in all five years
We create an immersive, simulation-based learning environment where clinical education is enhanced through simulation technology. Simulation-based teaching is embedded in all five years of the undergraduate curriculum, covering Physiology, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Emergency Medicine, and Surgery, amongst others. The Centre for Healthcare Simulation (CHS) is well equipped with various simulation facilities, a suite of high-fidelity simulators, part task trainers and a pool of trained Standardised Patients to help students learn clinical skills, team training and communication skills in a safe environment.
4. Inter-professional training
We train our students to become not only competent doctors, but also good team players in an inter-professional healthcare team. Inter-professional Education and Patient Safety workshops bring students from Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Social Work together to learn and collaborate as teams.
5. Students add value to the community
Serving the community is the core value of NUS Medicine. Our students are given ample opportunities to plan, organise, lead and participate in a wide range of community projects such as the annual Neighbourhood Health Service and Public Health Service, the Tri-Generation project and other community outreach efforts. In addition, the curriculum emphasises educating our students to add value to patients and healthcare teams.
6. A community of dedicated educators
Our educators are top scientists and clinicians from the University, restructured hospitals, polyclinics, GP clinics and community hospitals across Singapore. Their passion for medical education and steadfast dedication to teaching are the key reasons for NUS Medicine’s success as an educational institution of international standing.
7. Strong student support network and vibrant student life
A strong student support network is in place to ensure our students are looked after in every aspect of student life. Teachers, seniors and juniors form a close-knit community, bonding through mentoring networks that help and encourage students. Students enjoy a myriad of extra-curricular activities ranging from sports and community service to research and various interest groups. Every incoming cohort is grouped into Houses, which participate in fun and meaningful activities throughout the undergraduate years.