Key local media (The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, The New Paper, TODAY and Berita Harian) carried the announcement on the new liberal arts and medicine pathway by Yale-NUS College and Duke-NUS Medical School. Reports noted that the pathway will start in August 2018 and prospective students can apply via the Yale-NUS undergraduate application. The new pathway is aimed at liberal arts students who plan to go into medicine, in a bid to “shape future clinicians who appreciate the inter-connectedness of the sciences, social sciences and humanities in medical practice”.
TODAY and Lianhe Zaobao carried the quote by EVP (Academic Affairs) Steven Bernasek who said that the College hoped to nurture future doctors who are strong communicators and broad-based thinkers who will make a difference in their field.
TODAY’s article noted that medical schools in the US have increasingly been recognising the value of a liberal arts education for medical students.
The joint press release with Duke-NUS was issued yesterday (16 Jan 2018). PA has requested The Straits Times to make a correction as the headline stated that the programme was for “arts students keen to study medicine” when the College actually offers a liberal arts and science curriculum. News aggregator Singapore Informer also reposted the ST article.