Geriatric Medicine is a unique specialty that places emphasis on sound medical science, the 'art' of empathetic and patient-centered clinical care. This programme trains the resident to deliver quality healthcare to Singapore's rapidly growing ageing population and ultimately become a specialist in this exciting field of medicine.
The NHG Geriatric Medicine Residency Programme is a 3-year training programme, with its first two years accredited by the ACGME-I (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-International). During this period, the senior resident will finish compulsory core postings that grant him/her the competence to act as a Geriatric Consultant in different settings of care. The final year of training further develops the resident's competency in his/her intended setting of care, subspecialty, or academic interest. He/she can also explore specific fields of interest such as models of geriatric care, frailty, nutrition in the elderly, and geriatric syndromes such as falls, incontinence, and dementia. Upon completion of the 3-year programme, the resident will achieve an accreditation by the Singapore Specialist Accreditation Board and become certified as a specialist in Geriatric Medicine.
The pilot Department of Geriatric Medicine was first established by Emeritus Dr FJ Jayaratnam in 1988 at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). Geriatricians are heavily involved in clinical, translational, and health services research, which equip them with exceptional knowledge and skills to care for the elderly. Apart from establishing programmes and services for the acute care of the elderly, Geriatricians play an important role in the management of frail elderly across home-based and institutional care settings in the country.
Our main partner, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, offers a comprehensive range of medical services and specialist care to the community in the north of Singapore. The Department of Geriatric Medicine is well-established with a strong culture for teaching and research.
We also partner with Ren Ci Community Hospital, Yishun Community Hospital, Dover Park Hospice, Institute of Mental Health, Changi General Hospital, the Departments of Palliative Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, and the Continuing and Community Care at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.