1. Why are we pursuing Academic Medicine?

Our strategic partnership in Academic Medicine builds on the collective strengths of the SingHealth group with Duke-NUS’ research and medical education capabilities. It is our aim to build a vibrant academic culture to foster new discoveries and knowledge, so as to improve patient care now and in the future. The Academic Medicine partnership develops collaborative platforms and integration of resources to take us forward in this shared journey of the advancement of patient care.

2. What is an Academic Clinical Program (ACP) and how does it work?

The ACP is designed to be a home for those who are experts in the treatment, education/training and research into specialized disease areas (e.g. medicine, surgery, pediatrics, O&G, etc.). An ACP is a cluster-wide organization for all clinical specialities to advance in Academic Medicine with resources and funding support from Duke-NUS and SingHealth. The introduction of the ACP is a major milestone in our journey of improving clinical care, education and research.

3. Why do we need an Academic Clinical Program (ACP)?

The formation of the ACP is consistent with practices in most academic medical centers, where the partnership between a healthcare provider and university provides a synergistic framework whereby research, scholarly work and education contribute to the advancement of patient care. By bringing together practitioners, educators and researchers, the synergy leads to better care, better trained future doctors, and higher impact research to advance knowledge and practice.

To catalyze cross-fertilization of ideas and sharing of resources and to assist ACPs in accomplishing their research and education missions, Duke-NUS is jointly establishing with SingHealth institutes on education and faculty development, clinical and translational research, and health services research to work in tandem with and support all ACPs.

4. How will the ACPs be rolled out?

The first wave of ACPs launched in August 2011 comprises:

•ACP for Medicine (MED-ACP)
•ACP for Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN-ACP)
•ACP for Pediatric Medicine (PAEDS-ACP)

The second wave of ACPS implemented in March 2012 includes:

•ACP for Surgery (SURG-ACP)
•ACP for Ophthalmology (EYE-ACP)
•ACP for Neuroscience (NEUROSC-ACP)

The following ACPs will be rolled out as and when they meet requirements for academic agenda/priorities:

•Pathology
•Oncology
•Cardiology/Cardiothoracic Surgery
•Family Medicine
•Radiology
•Anesthesiology
•Oral Health  

For the larger specialties such as Medicine or Surgery with sub-specialties, there are plans for the sub-specialties to develop into ACPs in the future.

4. What is the leadership structure of the Academic Medicine partnership and how is Duke-NUS contributing to it?

The SingHealth and Duke-NUS Academic Medicine partnership is driven by the Academic Medicine Executive Committee (AM Exco) co-led by SingHealth Group CEO, Prof Ivy Ng, and Duke-NUS Dean, Prof Ranga Krishnan.

The AM Exco executes and manages the development of Academic Medicine and the establishment of the ACPs and collaborative platforms between SingHealth and Duke-NUS.

The AM Exco comprises:

  • Prof Ivy Ng, Group CEO, SingHealth (Co-Chair)
  • Prof Ranga Krishnan, Dean, Duke-NUS (Co-Chair)
  • Prof Mike Merson, Vice Chancellor for Duke-NUS Affairs, Duke University
  • Prof Ang Chong Lye, DCEO (Clinical Services & Informatics), SingHealh
  • Prof Soo Khee Chee, DCEO (Research and Education) SingHealth; Vice Dean, Clinical and Faculty Affairs, Duke-NUS
  • Prof Fong Kok Yong (co-opted), Group Director, Research SingHealth
  • Prof Patrick Casey, Senior Vice Dean, Research, Duke-NUS
  • Prof Robert Kamei, Vice Dean, Education, Duke-NUS
  • Prof John Rush, Vice Dean, Clinical Sciences, Duke-NUS

Faculty appointment/academic title by Duke-NUS

Doctors under the ACPs will be recommended for academic appointments in recognition of their contributions to the betterment of patient care through teaching, research and care innovation.

To ensure academic rigour, a stringent joint-selection process has been put in place to review the clinical and academic achievements of all clinicians before faculty appointments are given.

For doctors who already hold an academic title at another tertiary institution in Singapore (eg NUS/Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine), these titles will be taken into consideration for an equal or equivalent academic title from Duke-NUS

An Appointments, Promotions and Tenure (APT) Committee reviews all applications for faculty appointment – both adjunct and regular rank faculty of Duke-NUS, as well as assesses all recommendations for promotion in academic rank of faculty members.

With the SingHealth and Duke-NUS Academic Medicine partnership, a joint appointment process for education faculty and research faculty has been established.

For gifts-in-kind (shares, planned gifts, IT and lab equipment etc) or other any enquiries, please contact Mr. Dickson Lim at 6516 6696 or dickson.lim@duke-nus.edu.sg to discuss your gift.