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The first students to complete Duke-NUS’ Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree program celebrated their graduation in style recently in front of a full house of well-wishers that included family members, friends, faculty, government representatives, special guests from Singapore and abroad and the media.

Duke’s ‘Collaborative Research Program’ was initiated in 2010 to encourage and fund collaborations between researchers based in Duke-NUS in Singapore and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, US. To date, the program has proven to be a huge success.

Graduating students from Duke-NUS’ pioneer Class of 2011 and members of the school’s faculty were honored for their tremendous achievements over the past four years at a special awards dinner on May 29. It was an evening to remember.

Duke-NUS has awarded the newly endowed Benjamin Sheares Professorship in Academic Medicine to Prof. Soo Khee Chee, Vice Dean for Clinical and Faculty Affairs at Duke-NUS, founding Director of the National Cancer Centre Singapore, and Deputy CEO of SingHealth, for his outstanding contributions to research, scholarship and clinical service in Singapore.

Our first day of classes doesn’t seem that long ago. All of us vividly remember the welcome ceremony held in the lecture room at the interim Bukit Merah campus in 2007.

DPM of Kazakhstan visits Duke-NUS
Facing the epidemic: scientists collaborate
Leading researchers in cardiovascular and metabolic disorders from Duke University,
Duke-NUS and major research institutions in Singapore recently gathered for a symposium aimed at developing partnerships and collaborations to propel scientific progress in this field.
HSSR hosts workshop and symposium
The Health Services and Systems Research (HSSR) Program at Duke-NUS recently held two very well organized events which attracted a large number of attendees and participants.

Editor: Greg Lee
Production and copy-editing: Adeline Sim
Vital Science is an official publication of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore.

Looking forward to the future! This issue's banner shows four of our fabulous students from the Duke-NUS' pioneer class
(L-R: Bianca Chan, Dixon Grant, Rena Dharmawan and Daniel Yong). Vital Science congratulates the Class of 2011.
We are extremely proud to have supported you on your medical journey and wish you the very best as you continue on your way to become clinicians of distinction!