The MBBS. We have educated and trained more than 9000 doctors since 1905. Chances are, the clinicians who took care of your grandparents and parents, the GP you go to for your flu and other ailments and the specialists you see in our hospitals graduated here. Many of our students have also gone on to influence the practice and direction of medicine in Singapore, as frontline healthcare providers and leaders. That is why the NUS medical degree is more than just the sum of its letters. It’s a pedigree.
What makes us one of Asia’s leading medical schools
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Training to meet tomorrow’s needs
At NUS Medicine, we train you to the highest clinical standards. Our experienced faculty includes internationally respected clinicians and scientists, many of whom are themselves alumni. The undergraduate curriculum is tuned to current advances in the field, and designed to prepare you to meet tomorrow’s medical challenges competently, compassionately, creatively and in response to community needs.
Exposure to the clinical setting starts as early as Phase I with the polyclinic observation experience. Students would be posted to polyclinics where you will observe the healthcare journeys of patients in the primary-care setting. You will have the opportunity to experience interactions between patients and healthcare staff in a community clinic. Individual reflections and group debrief following this experience will ensure that learning is contextualised and made meaningful.
Vibrant student life and strong student support network
NUS Medicine students thrive and excel in and outside the classroom. Opportunities abound for you to take part in diverse extracurricular activities ranging from sports, community service and research to music and dance. Every incoming cohort is grouped into 10 Houses, each with its own identity. Together, the students from the Houses take part in fun and meaningful activities throughout their undergraduate years. Senior and junior students get to interact and build the bonds and friendships that are so important later at work in Singapore’s hospitals and clinics.
Innovative approaches to training our medical students
E-Learning is utilised to help you along on your self-directed learning journey. Didactic and non-core materials are mapped out online for you to explore, learn and practise according to your personal learning style.
Collaborative Learning Cases (CLCs) are an innovative educational strategy to enhance constructive, collaborative and contextual learning for students. This new approach offers our tutors and students a valuable education experience as they engage actively in discussions. Real world examples are provided through various multimedia and technology-enabled formats to help you link biomedical science concepts to clinical situations, strengthening your clinical reasoning abilities in your early years of learning.
The Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine also boasts one of the largest and most comprehensive Centre for Healthcare Simulation Training in Asia. The centre houses facilities that can simulate an Operating Theatre (OT), an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an Emergency Room (ER), or a Labour Ward. The centre also has eight clinical wards, 2 procedural rooms and 60 consultation rooms. This provides students with ample opportunities to work individually or in teams in simulated scenarios. These scenarios can range from emergency situations to ward rounds and out-patient clinical encounters.
Human anatomy is brought to live with the use of virtual reality (VR) simulation technology. Students work in the virtual dissection hall where you can perform dissection using VR without actual cadavers. These dissections can be performed repeatedly, in sequential layers, which would not be possible with a real cadaver. It also improves 3-D spatial orientation of anatomical structures by allowing you to view human anatomy 3-dimensionally and virtually from any direction.
A heart for service
Service to the community is part of the School’s founding ethos. Apart from experiential learning, NUS Medicine students also learn to plan, organise, lead and participate in a wide range of social projects like neighbourhood health screenings and community outreach efforts. They also interact closely with patients in hospitals and clinics, where they work under the guidance of experienced doctors. It’s all part of the School’s aim of nurturing compassionate and socially responsible doctors.
You also get a chance to spend a semester abroad as an exchange student at more than 20 top international medical schools, during two elective periods in Phase III and IV. Choose from schools that include Harvard Medical School, University of Cambridge, Christian Medical College in Vellore, India and Mahidol University, Thailand.
Strong spirit of inquiry and innovation
Students are encouraged to explore and pursue their academic interests outside the curriculum through various research platforms - Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme and Wong Hock Boon Society. The Medical Grand Challenge offers opportunities for students, from different disciplines and faculties, to take part and collaborate in transforming the healthcare delivery. It challenges students to identify unmet healthcare needs and formulate innovative solutions to address the identified gap.
You will learn the importance of teamwork in healthcare because we bring students from Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Social Work together to work and learn as teams. We will help you learn through realistic and challenging situational experiences – in a safe and inspiring environment under the guidance of experienced clinical faculty.
From Us to You
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