Medical Oncology is a medical subspecialty that deals with the diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and management of patients with cancer. This programme trains the resident to provide expert mental and physical healthcare to cancer patients during their treatment and remission periods.
Medical Oncology is a demanding yet highly rewarding specialty. The diagnosis of cancer comes with a heavy physical, emotional, psychological, and financial burden to the patient and the family. A well trained Oncologist should be able to help patients with each aspect of this disease. Moreover, Oncology is probably the most active research driven medical discipline, and each day there are new drugs added to the Oncologist's armamentarium to treat cancer. Contrary to some beliefs, newer drugs and supportive therapies allow patients to navigate through their treatments without much suffering.
The NHG Medical Oncology 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). The final year of residency is offered by the National Healthcare Group in partnership with Johns Hopkins Singapore (JHS), and uses Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) as its primary training site. Tan Tock Seng Hospital is one of the largest tertiary care hospitals in Singapore. Therefore, our Medical Oncology services include a busy outpatient clinic, inpatient service, and consultative service at TTSH, and an inpatient service at Johns Hopkins Singapore.
As with the tradition of Johns Hopkins' excellence in research, education, and patient care, our team of dedicated professionals are committed to teaching the next generation of cancer experts. We believe that this will help our department provide the highest quality of cancer healthcare in Asia.
JHS has been a qualified site for rotations by medical students and residents from Johns Hopkins University since 2004. Additionally, in 2006, we were approved by the Singapore subspecialty committee as a training site for Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Clinical rotations both at TTSH and JHS will expose the resident to a variety of different tumour types in patients with varying cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.