Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School: Educational Transplant
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The Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore was initially established with the intention of transplanting the Duke University School of Medicine curriculum to Singapore, where the British style of medical education had been dominant. A small team of pioneer faculty faced many challenges, including transplanting the U.S. model while trying to improve upon and adapt it to the local environment, facing skepticism from the local medical community, and securing support for an innovative educational approach both inside and outside the school. The public watched carefully as the first cohort of students prepared to graduate. How would these graduates perform? What would their performance say about the efforts of the Duke-NUS faculty and its supporters?
- Leadership in a start-up or newly founded organization.
- Shared leadership by a team.
- Engagement and management of stakeholders — both supporters and skeptics.
- Adaptation and change over time as well as across national and cultural contexts.
- Leadership in educational institutions.
Singapore, Medium, 2007-2011
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