Duke-NUS to serve eastern health cluster

Duke-NUS' academic medicine partnership with SingHealth builds on Duke-NUS' research and medical education capabilities with SingHealth's clinical strengths

Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) will now serve the eastern region of Singapore under the Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) cluster, as part of the Ministry of Health’s efforts to streamline the existing six regional healthcare systems in Singapore into three integrated clusters.

Duke-NUS, which was established in 2005, has an academic medicine partnership with SingHealth. The close proximity of Duke-NUS campus to SingHealth’s national specialty centres and the Singapore General Hospital enables close collaborations between Duke-NUS faculty and students with SingHealth’s clinician researchers, clinician educators and healthcare learners.

Professor Thomas Coffman, Dean of Duke-NUS, said, "The reorganisation of Singapore’s healthcare clusters will promote continued progress toward seamless, convenient and comprehensive healthcare for our patients.

“The role of Duke-NUS within the eastern integrated cluster will be to continue to serve as a catalyst for academic medicine, bringing education and research to the bedside in order to improve patient care, while working collaboratively with all three healthcare clusters to train the next generation of clinicians and researchers for Singapore,” he added.

Each of the three new national integrated healthcare clusters will provide a more comprehensive range of medical services to the communities they serve. Each will include general hospitals, at least one community hospital, several polyclinics and a medical school. The other two integrated clusters are the National University Health System (NUHS) in the west, and the National Healthcare Group in the central region.

NUS’ Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry and the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health are part of the NUHS.