Duke-NUS Dean Year-end Message

December 3, 2014

DEAN’S YEAR-END MESSAGE

2014

Dear Duke-NUS board members, colleagues, students and well-wishers,

Another terrific year of successes, tributes and achievements is about to be concluded. With milestones accomplished, I would like to share some reflections for the year as we continue to forge ahead in our education, research and academic medicine endeavors.

We celebrated the graduation of our fourth class of M.D. students in May. As with their predecessors from the first three classes, they have benefitted from our innovative and world-class medical education program and will be well-poised to face the challenges and intricacies of modern medical practice. Moving forward, plans are in place to ensure better integration between the M.D. and PhD programs, as well as  introduce new PhD programs that will further refine our clinical training to adapt to the continuously changing practice of medicine.

On the research front, our teams of talented researchers and clinician-scientists continue to make headlines with their substantive impact on Singapore’s biomedical sciences scene. Our school’s research leadership was underscored in February through a record number of Singapore National Medical Research Council (NMRC) 2014 awards garnered by 20 of our faculty members. These awards provide significant funding for impactful research projects that would benefit Singapore patients in areas such as cancer, neuroscience, eye and cardiovascular diseases, among others.  In addition, the establishment of the National Neuroscience Research Institute Singapore (NNRIS) with National Neuroscience Institute in March, the Centre of Regulatory Excellence (CoRE) with Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority in July and the National Heart Research Institute Singapore (NHRIS) with National Heart Center in September further entrenches our energy and passion to deliver transformational research, education and service to the community to address healthcare needs.

The historic signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between our School and SingHealth on 29 May not only signifies the maturing of our partnership to advance the Academic Medicine vision, but also our shared commitment to accelerate our Academic Medicine transformation. The attainment of the Joint Commission International (JCI)-Academic Medical Centre accreditation by Singapore General Hospital and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in July and November respectively is a testament of our success in this endeavor to improve patient safety and quality of healthcare, to benchmark against the very best and ensure that outstanding healthcare services are delivered to patients. 

I am pleased to announce that Professor Thomas Coffman will be appointed as Dean-designate with effect from 1 January 2015. Prior to this, Tom has served as Executive Vice Dean since 1 January 2014 and concurrently holds the appointment of Director in the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders Program.

2015 will also be our School’s 10th year since its founding. To mark this milestone, the School has developed a 10th anniversary logo for visual anchoring and amplification of our 10th year at key events throughout the year. It is an opportunity for us to share stories of impact and influence the school has made to its stakeholders. I am pleased to reveal the logo, which conveys medical and research symbols in a celebratory way. The Communications Office will provide guidelines on how to use the logo in due course. We look forward to your support of the various events and platforms to commemorate this milestone year. 

 

 

Thank you once again to each and every one of you, our board members, faculty, staff and students for your extraordinary effort and unstinting support. May you have a great and relaxing time this season with my very best wishes for 2015. I wish you and your family abundant peace, love, happiness and good health.

 

 

Professor Ranga Krishnan
Dean, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

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