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Medical Undergraduates


The Paediatric department of NUHS (NUHkids) hosts the following educational activities

  • Paediatric training for Phase III (Year 3) and Phase V (Year 5)  undergraduates from NUS, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM)
  • Clinical and research electives for NUS as well as overseas medical students
  • Job exposure for pre-university students considering a medical career


Paediatric training

Paediatric training in the YLLSoM consists of three major components; a paediatric posting in Phase III (Year 3), a paediatric posting in Phase V (Year 5) and simulation and skills training in Phase V. These postings provide an experiential learning for the students. The primary goal is to prepare the future physicians for excellence in clinical practice involving children and teenagers.


Phase III Paediatric Posting

The Phase III paediatric posting is an 8 week posting comprising of the following components

1. One day orientation and education in the fundamentals of paediatrics

2. Centralised didactic interactive sessions (usually during week 2 and 6)

3. Hospital postings:



  • ~ 4 weeks at NUH and ~4 weeks at KKH
  • These 2 hospitals work together to give you a complete/complementary exposure to paediatrics

4. Neonatology module


Objectives of Phase III Paediatric Posting

The goals are to help the student achieve the following learning objectives during the 8 week posting:

1. Acquire medical knowledge (what you know)
2. Acquire patient care skills (what you do)



  • Able to assess growth and development in babies, children and adolescents;
  • Able to provide health maintenance and disease prevention to  babies, children and adolescents;
  • Develop skills in history taking and physical examination
  • Develop reasonable approaches to clinical problems and be able to deduce the appropriate diagnoses and differential diagnosis(clinical reasoning);
  • Able to assess patients and identify those who are acutely ill or who have tertiary medical problems that require referral to paediatricians/tertiary care centres
  • Able to investigate and manage common paediatric conditions
  • Able to discuss the commonly used medical drugs, their interactions and their side effects.
  • Have seen and able to discuss the common practical skills needed in managing common paediatric conditions

3. Develop Interpersonal & Communication Skills (how you talk, listen and interact)


  • With patients and their family members
  • With the healthcare team

4. Demonstrate professionalism (how you act)
5. Apply practice based learning and improvement (how you get better)
6. Acquire insight into system based practice (how you work within a healthcare system)

The Teaching Tools used are

  • Fundamental lectures
  • Interactive sessions
  • Department rounds
  • Professorial slide show tutorials
  • Bedside tutorials
  • Embedding into ward teams
  • Self-driven practice-based learning and improvement through postings to wards, ambulatory clinics and night duty.
  • Skills training in practical procedures
  • Simulations of acute emergencies 


Recommended textbook

Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access (Paperback). Tom Lissauer MB BChir FRCP FRCPCH (Author), Graham Clayden MD FRCP FRCPCH (Author). ISBN-13: 9780723433989


Paediatrics On The Go. Loke Kah Yin (Editor), Nicola Ngiam (Editor). ISBN: 9789810731847


Modes of Assessment

Students will be assessed to determine if they achieved the above mentioned learning outcomes and competences. This evaluation will be made using the following assessment tools:

  • Performance during tutorials (domains assessed include medical knowledge, patient care skills, communication skills, professionalism, team player)
  • Case analysis
  • Mini-CEX
  • Theory Test



Phase V Paediatric Posting

The Phase V paediatric posting is a 3 week posting that builds upon the 8 weeks of paediatrics training completed in Phase III.

Objectives of the Phase V Paediatric Posting

The main objective of the Phase V training is to train undergraduates who have core competency at a level befitting a year one Postgraduate (PGY1).


By the end of this posting, students will be able to:

  • Recognise what is normal growth and development in babies, children and adolescents
  • Assess growth and development
  • Provide health maintenance to babies, children and adolescents;
  • Reasonably approach core clinical problems and is able to reach reasonable diagnoses and differential diagnosis using information obtained through history, physical examination and investigations.
  • Demonstrate reasonable clinical reasoning and decision making
  • Manage common core paediatric conditions/diagnoses
  • Triage appropriately
  • Identify patients who are acutely ill and able to provide basic life support to them as well as to escalate to seniors
  • Competently perform core practical skills
  • Communicate well with patients, relatives and team
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Apply self-practice based learning and improvement
  • Function within a health care team and a health care system


The Teaching Tools used are

  • Self-evaluation at the start of the posting through a formative test
  • Student Internship Program (embedded with an inpatient team)
  • Bedside tutorials
  • Interactive sessions
  • Simulation of acute emergencies (done during the simulation posting in Phase V)
  • Practical skills (done during the simulation posting in Phase V)


Recommended Textbook

Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access (Paperback). Tom Lissauer MB BChir FRCP FRCPCH (Author), Graham Clayden MD FRCP FRCPCH (Author). ISBN-13: 9780723433989


Paediatrics On The Go. Loke Kah Yin (Editor), Nicola Ngiam (Editor). ISBN: 9789810731847


Modes of Assessment

The posting mark is a summary of 4 different assessments

  • Completion of the online Start of Posting test
  • Performance during the Student Internship Program
  • Performance during tutorials (domains assessed include medical knowledge, patient care skills, communication skills, professionalism and team player)
  • Mini-CEX