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Hear from internationally renowned thought leaders as they share their perspectives and leadership insights on emerging topics such as post-pandemic preparedness, population health, interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation and implementation strategies.

Academic Hour with AMAC - Keynote Lecture

Revisiting Academic Medicine - How Should Faculty in our AMC Prepare to Deliver Better
Health Outcomes?

Speaker: Prof Victor Dzau

calendar.pngTuesday, 25 October 2022
hourglass.png11:00am - 11:45am
location.pngThe Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium (Academia) & Zoom Webinar


Academic medicine has a long history of success in treating complex illnesses, advancing science, and training the next generation of health professionals, with an ethos rooted in Hippocrates’ philosophy of alleviating suffering and caring for patients with compassion and integrity. This has been a successful model for many generations. Traditionally, the field has focused on individual patient care, with greater emphasis on disease treatment and less focus on prevention and the socioeconomic and behavioral factors which impact health and well-being. However, the significant health challenges of our time – non-communicable diseases, infectious diseases, an aging population, and health equity – are connected to changes in our environment, communities and society writ large. To tackle these health challenges successfully will necessitate changes of traditional medicine to be aligned and integrated with public health and social sciences.

Academic medicine forms the foundation of the research, education and practice of medicine. In this context, we should revisit the traditional "bench to bedside" model of academic medicine. In my Lancet 2021 paper, entitled "Revisiting academic health sciences systems a decade later," I proposed a "bench to bedside to population to society" model that will extend the academic mission to include population health and social responsibility. In this model, academic medical centres will adopt a convergence approach and engage non-health disciplines in research and practice, develop core strengths in data science and digital technology, and address community health and equity with a commitment to social responsibility and the greater good. Academic medical centres should educate future clinicians to be community-oriented and socially connected, and teach them not only to provide direct care, but to provide scientific, medical and social leadership within a collective impact model. By adopting this expanded model, the SingHealth Duke-NUS AMC has the opportunity to lead its cluster to achieving population health and contribute to a successful Healthier SG.


    1. Dzau VJ, Ackerly DC, Sutton-Wallace P, et al. The role of academic health science systems in the transformation of medicine. Lancet. 2010;375(9718):949-53.
    2. Dzau VJ, Balatbat CA, Ellaissi WF. Revisiting academic health sciences systems a decade later: discovery to health to population to society. Lancet. 2021;398(10318):2300-4.
    3. Dzau VJ, Laitner MH, Balatbat CA. Has traditional medicine had its day? The need to redefine academic medicine. Lancet. 2022. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(22)01603-8.

        Academic Hour with AMAC (26 Oct)

        Beyond Biomedical Sciences: Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Human & Population Health

        Speaker: Prof Sam Hawgood

        calendar.png Wednesday, 26 October 2022
        hourglass.png 1:00pm - 2:00pm
        location.png The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium (Academia) & Zoom Webinar



        Driven by a series of external pressures, including the recent COVID-19 pandemic, population health has emerged as a critical discipline that bridges the gap between medicine and public health. Increasing emphasis on individual and community accountability coupled with growing health disparities, at least in the United States, underscore the need to address the social determinants of health (SDOH) making way for the coordination of physical, behavioral health, and social services to improve health and well-being.

        Population health brings together traditionally siloed domains to develop new approaches, interventions, strategies, and tools to improve health outcomes. Population health sciences has emerged as a vital integrated discipline and has become essential to the mission and work of academic medical centres.

        Academic Hour with AMAC (27 Oct)

        From Innovation to Implementation

        Speaker: Prof Gillian Harvey

        calendar.png Thursday, 27 October 2022
        hourglass.png 12:00pm - 1:00pm
        Function Room, Level 2, SingHealth Tower & Zoom Webinar



        New ideas, new knowledge, and new ways of doing things do not implement themselves. Rather, they enter a dynamic context where multiple factors interact to determine the implementation journey of an innovation. Unlike the linear, rational pathway depicted by the idea of a ‘translational pipeline’, the journey from innovation to implementation is typically complex, unpredictable and situation specific. This requires an understanding of and an ability to work with the conditions that present barriers or enablers to implementation.

        In this presentation, I will explore what we have learnt through the growing discipline of implementation science about the processes through which innovations are adopted, implemented, and embedded in practice. Drawing on case study examples, theoretical and empirical advances in the field will be discussed, including, for example, the development of implementation frameworks and models and evaluation of implementation strategies such as audit and feedback, educational interventions, opinion leaders and facilitation. Challenges moving forward will be considered, including an imperative to connect implementation science and implementation practice, an improved understanding of the economics of implementation and how to achieve sustainability and spread of innovations.