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New medical students welcomed at Duke-NUS White Coat Ceremony

17 August 2010

WHITE COAT CEREMONY: Permanent Secretary of Singapore’s Ministry of Health Ms Yong Ying-I congratulating first-year medical student of Duke-NUS Mr Vincent Oei

NEW COHORT: Duke-NUS welcomes the class of 2014

The new class of students entering Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School were given a warm welcome when they donned their white coats at a symbolic ceremony held on 13 August 2010 to mark the inauguration of new students into the medical profession.

Guest-of-Honor, Ms Yong Ying-I, Permanent Secretary of Singapore’s Ministry of Health, was joined by over 250 guests, comprising the Duke-NUS governing board chairman Mr Tony Chew, board members, families of the incoming class, fellow students and faculty of Duke and Duke-NUS to celebrate the occasion. The master of ceremonies was Dr Jean Spaulding, trustee of the Duke Endowment and consultant at Duke Medical Centre and Duke University Health System.

The Class of 2014 consists of 56 students from 15 countries and 24 academic institutions from Singapore and around the world. These students come from rich academic backgrounds in the arts, humanities, engineering and sciences; some among them are also noted for their sporting excellence in fencing, sailing as well as in the arts and music. Their varied backgrounds have added more depth and diversity to the school’s vibrant character; Duke-NUS now comprises 186 students from 21 countries.

In addressing the audience, Dean of Duke-NUS Prof Ranga Krishnan said: “Medicine is what helps or heals. Medicine has advanced with the progress of science. Together with our faculty, you will play a major role in building its base. At Duke-NUS, we have the vision to produce not just doctors, but great ones who can practice the art based on science and contribute to the science and also to society.”

“The professionalism expected of our students learning the practice of medicine is no less than what we expect of our practising physicians,” said Vice Dean of Education Prof Bob Kamei. “The White Coat Ceremony represents, for our students, acceptance of this great responsibility to the people whom we care for. It marks an important rite of passage in the career of all physicians, and we honour this moment in time with an event that also represents our faculty’s commitment to guide them as they embark on this medical journey toward improving the lives of others.”

Duke-NUS congratulates its new medical students as they begin on their quest to become clinician-scientists of distinction.

Contributed by Ms Adeline Sim, Duke-NUS