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Family Medicine

​NHG Family Medicine Residency Programme

Resident's Talk

"I chose family medicine because I enjoy building strong relationships with my patients and providing them cost effective and holistic care that focuses on their needs and concerns."

Dr Lawrence Wu
Resident

Curriculum:

The 3-year training programme consists of structured clinical training and attachments, complemented by half-yearly didactic seminars (with tracks catered to the resident’s current postings) and fortnightly workshops and tutorials. 

Examinations

  1. In-training Exams (ITE) - This is conducted annually during the residency training period. 
  2. American Board of Medical Specialties -Singapore (ABMS-S) also known as Family Medicine Exam Part 1 - The resident must exit the residency successfully to be eligible for this exam.  
  3. Family Medicine Exam Part 2 - The resident must be successful in the ABMS-S exam to be eligible for this exam. This exam leads to the conferment of Master of Medicine (MMed) in Family Medicine.
    Please refer to this page for ABMS-S and information on the examination.
     

Rotations

General Medicine; Paediatrics Emergency; Emergency Medicine; Geriatric Medicine (with emphasis on community geriatrics); Mental Health; Obstetrics and Gynaecology; General Surgery; and Orthopaedics Surgery. These clinical rotations will have a Family Medicine emphasis so that the resident acquires the knowledge and skills that will enhance his/her primary care role.

A third-year resident will also have opportunities to develop his/her leadership skills through active participation in projects for clinical improvements. He/she will also assist in the teaching of junior residents when the need arises.

 Strengths of Programme

  • Full Day Continuity clinic for primary care exposure in R2 & R3 - residents run clinics that provide personal comprehensive and continuing care to their own panel of patients and families, one day per week for the duration of training.
  • Strong Departments within the cluster for comprehensive and broad based training - Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) General Medicine, TTSH and KTPH Geriatric Medicine, Dermatology at National Skin Centre, TTSH Psychiatry, TTSH Emergency Department, Occupational  Medicine Clinic at Hougang Polyclinic, and many others.
  • Integrated IT system to allow tracking of patients from polyclinic to hospital - enhancing continuity of care.
  • Polyclinic exposure - providing a wide breadth of cases.
  • Supportive management and dedicated faculty.

 

Professional Development

NHGP provides any resident who joins us upon completion of the FM Residency Programme with a 6-month preparatory training for the MMed (FM) examination. The preparatory training comprises relevant clinical attachments/tutorials, as well as sponsorship for the MMed (FM) Preparatory Course and Examination.  The resident will be placed on the Consultant Family Physician track with an MMed (FM) qualification. The chart below shows his/her professional progression:

 

Apart from the important clinical role a family physician in NHGP plays, the resident also has opportunities to participate in education, research as well as administration to advance family medicine and transform primary healthcare.

Depending on the resident’s interests and passions in the area of education, he/she can contribute in the department of undergraduate and graduate medical education. This includes continuing clinical professional development of in-service fellow clinicians, fulfilling the various roles in the education arena.

Those with interest in research can undertake interesting research projects relating to primary care in the areas of Population Health and Medical Education.

Roles in administration involve the areas of clinical services such as clinical quality, medical manpower, health informatics, practice improvements efforts, and leadership appointments both in the clinics and at NHG’s headquarters.