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Duke-NUS student joins Duke School of Medicine graduation

16 May 2011

AMONG INAUGURAL BATCH OF DUKE-NUS GRADUANDS: Ying Hui hooded by Dr Kamei at the graduation ceremony at Duke University

YING HUI WITH NUS & DUKE REPRESENTATIVES: Dr Kamei, Prof Krishnan, Ying Hui and her family, Prof Tan, Dr Lee and Dr Dzau at the Duke School of Medicine Diploma Ceremony

Photos: Duke Photography
Ms Low Ying Hui, 25, who is from the inaugural intake of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School students in Singapore, joined Duke School of Medicine graduates in the Hippocratic Oath Ceremony at Duke Chapel (14 May), and the Diploma Ceremony at the courtyard of Duke Clinics (15 May) at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, US. Ying Hui was accepted into Duke-NUS after graduating from NUS with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree with a specialisation in Biomedical Science. Ying Hui has spent a total of 12 months at Duke, her last stint running from November 2010 through January 2011.

She said: “It has been a great and wonderful experience, and it has provided me with a wider perspective of healthcare systems in the States, and in Singapore.”

Ying Hui had spent her third year at Duke in Durham working in a sleep lab run by her mentor Dr. Andrew Krystal. During her year there, she had run a clinical trial looking into novel treatments for insomnia in patients with HIV, attended continuity clinic sessions in Family Medicine and participated in the First-year Practice Course Physical Exam week, where she helped to teach first year students on their first physical exam lessons.

The experience at Duke-NUS, and the opportunity to experience medical education and research at Duke, has enriched her outlook. “It was insightful to see firsthand the pros and cons of healthcare systems adopted by both countries, and it would never have been possible without all the fruitful opportunities at Duke,” she said.

Ying Hui, who was in Durham with her family for the Duke graduation, met the following NUS and Duke representatives during the series of Medicine graduation events: NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan and his wife Dr Evelyn Lee; Duke’s Chancellor for Health Affairs, and President and CEO of the Duke University Health System Dr Victor Dzau; Dean of Duke-NUS Professor Ranga Krishnan; and Duke-NUS Vice Dean of Education Dr Robert K. Kamei.

Ying Hui, who has a younger brother studying economics at the NUS Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, says she looks forward to the Duke-NUS graduation celebration on 28 May, and to graduating with her course mates at the NUS Main Commencement Ceremony on 4 July. Graduates of Duke-NUS and the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine will be receiving their degree scrolls at the ceremony, which is to be presided by Singapore State President, His Excellency S R Nathan, Chancellor of NUS.

Senior representatives from Duke University and Duke Medicine are expected to be in Singapore in May and July 2011 to join NUS in celebrating the graduation of Duke-NUS’ inaugural batch of students. Graduates of Duke-NUS will receive degrees of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) jointly from Duke University and NUS.

By Johann Loke, Office of Corporate Relations