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     FrontPage Edition: Sun 3 September 2006

DUKE - NUS Graduate Medical School to open in 2009

NUS President Prof Shih shares a moment with GMS Dean Prof Williams at the groundbreaking ceremony

Source: www.nus.edu.sg

DUKE - NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore: A New Phase Begins

Medical School will play significant role in training country¡¯s leading clinician-scientists with strong capabilities in translational medicine

The Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (GMS) has entered a new phase of its development with the groundbreaking of the site of the school on Outram Campus.
Gracing the event as Guest-of-Honour was Singapore¡¯s Minister for Health Mr Khaw Boon Wan.
An innovative collaboration between the Duke University School of Medicine and the National University of Singapore (NUS), the GMS has a distinctive research-intensive curriculum that is based on the Duke model of medical education.
It is aimed at producing physicians-scientists who will bridge the basic sciences and clinical medicine and spur research vibrancy in Singapore¡¯s biomedical sciences scene.
As Singapore¡¯s second medical school, the GMS will complement the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine with each having their own unique focus.
While adding diversity to the local educational landscape, both schools will be an integral part of the Singapore biomedical community and will produce the doctors and clinician-scientists that Singapore needs to meet increasing demands for quality healthcare in the country.
The ¡°bench-to-bedside¡± research efforts will help to develop new treatments and clinical procedures that will benefit Singaporeans.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, the Chairman of the GMS Governing Board, Mr Tony Chew said: "The GMS campus will be ready in the summer of 2009 with 23,000 square metres of space for wet-lab research, classrooms, teaching labs, and administrative offices. It is planned as a compact site, characterised by an appreciation of the local context. The architectural consultants for the project, CPG and Hillier Architects, have drawn inspiration from both the American and local contexts for the design of the GMS campus.¡±
Professor R Sanders Williams, Dean of the GMS said, ¡°The GMS campus is next to SingHealth's national specialty centres and the Singapore General Hospital, which is the key tertiary-care teaching hospital. This physical proximity will facilitate close synergistic efforts between investigators at GMS and the doctors and physician-scientists already on the SGH campus. Each will draw on the other¡¯s strengths, and together will catalyse clinical and translational medicine research and advance global health through the cross-fertilisation of ideas and efforts. This will be further enhanced through existing partnerships with the NUS and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and their world-class researchers.¡± He added, ¡°It will spur biomedical research in Singapore, and move it several steps closer to being a world-recognised hub.¡±
NUS President Professor Shih Choon Fong said, ¡°This collaboration with Duke University, one of America¡¯s top medical schools, positions our two universities at the forefront of a fast-changing global knowledge landscape. The Duke-NUS GMS and NUS¡¯ Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine possess complementary and distinctive strengths. This provides for a synergistic partnership that will further strengthen Singapore¡¯s standing as a global hub for medical education and research, and healthcare.¡±
Established in April 2005, the GMS is Singapore¡¯s only tie-up with an American university to start a medical school. Through its strong signature research programmes, the GMS will contribute significantly to the Singapore government¡¯s plans to boost biomedical sciences initiatives in Singapore.
The Singapore government has recently announced that it will be pumping another S$1.44 billion over the next five years to fund health-care standards and clinical and translational research capabilities. The Singapore government had earlier committed some S$3 billion over five years when it first launched the Biomedical Sciences Initiative in 2000.

Source: www.nus.edu.sg Press Release 1 Sep 2006

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