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First Duke-NUS MD class celebrates completion of four-year medical training

30 May 2011

RECITAL OF HIPPOCRATIC OATH: First batch of Duke-NUS graduands at their pre-graduation celebration event

HOODING CEREMONY: Special recognition ceremony for doctoral degree candidates, signifying their successful completion of their training

INAUGURAL BENJAMIN SHEARES PROFESSORSHIP RECIPIENT: Prof Soo receiving the award from Dr Joseph Sheares, son of the late Singapore President, Dr Benjamin Sheares
The first class of 24 medical students who joined the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS) in August 2007 celebrated the completion of their four‐year Doctor of Medicine (MD) training on 28 May 2011. The pre‐graduation celebration, graced by Singapore's Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen and US Ambassador to Singapore Mr David Adelman, was attended by government and health leaders as well as faculty and family members.

Congratulating the students, Dr Victor J Dzau, MD, Chancellor for Health Affairs of Duke University and CEO of Duke University Health System, said: "As the students who have become the first to complete four years of a novel medical education paradigm, you have paved the way for future generations of physicians, physician scientists and leaders who will graduate from this school that you helped found."

Also speaking at the celebration event, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said: "To the Class of 2011, your future beckons you with great promise and potential. Your immersion in the Duke-NUS' culture of excellence, boldness and imagination; the innovative clinical and research training you have received; and the pioneering spirit you epitomise – all these will enable you to make a real difference to our patients, to our community and to society."

From July 2011, the Duke-NUS graduands will continue their training as medical doctors in a structured residency programme created by SingHealth and the National Healthcare Group, in consultation with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The graduands will receive their MD degrees at the NUS Main Commencement Ceremony on 4 July 2011.

At the pre-graduation celebration, Duke-NUS also awarded its inaugural Benjamin Sheares Professorship in Academic Medicine to Prof Soo Khee Chee, founding Director of the National Cancer Centre Singapore and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Health Services, and the Vice Dean for Clinical and Faculty Affairs at Duke-NUS. The professorship recognises Prof Soo's pioneering contributions to research, scholarship and clinical service that have significantly impacted the practice of medicine in Singapore. Click here for more details on the Benjamin Sheares Professorship.