The Duke-NUS tuition fees are subsidized by the Government of Singapore to help defray the full cost of medical education. As such, all Duke-NUS MD and MD-PhD graduates are required to fulfill a service commitment, where they shall serve in the public healthcare sector for a specified number of years after graduation.
According to Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) guidelines, the service commitment period is as follows:
– 4 years for Singapore citizens
– 5 years for international graduates and Singapore Permanent Residents
The service commitment period excludes the first year of postgraduate (residency) training, commencing only after satisfactory completion of the first postgraduate training year. More information can be found on the Ministry of Health website.
Singapore Permanent Residents and international students who are on the Pathway and have opted to take up the Tuition Grant will join Duke-NUS immediately after graduating from Yale-NUS, without having served any part of the three-year obligation. However, as a requirement, students must submit a Banker’s Guarantee equivalent to 20% of the full value of Tuition Grant provided. Students may serve the (deferred) three-year work obligation concurrently with the five-year service commitment required by the Ministry of Health, after graduating from the Duke-NUS MD programme.