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Emergency Medicine Department

About Us

Our Emergency Medicine Department (EMD) saw more than 120,000 patients in year 2012. It is staffed by 21 registered emergency specialists with a common vision:

To develop a world-class department which offers a high tertiary level of clinical service in an environment of excellent teaching and training, vibrant research and healthy work-life balance.

Our specialists are engaged in a number of specialised and multidisciplinary research efforts and clinical trials, reflecting our broad array of scientific interests.

Each specialist has areas of interest and had further training in: Emergency cardiac care, Disaster Medicine, Observational Medicine, Trauma, Toxicology. Other areas of interest include Critical care, Risk Management, Health Processes, Prehospital care and Geriatric Emergency care.

The department prides in practicing evidence based medicine that has translated into clinical protocols. These protocols evolved into Clinical Practice Guidelines that culminated in writing of a book "Guide to the Essentials in Emergency Medicine" published by McGraw-Hill Publications. The book has gone into the 6th print run.

Majority of the faculty members of EMD are trained facilitators of evidence based medicine practice and have contributed actively in the development of evidence based medicine culture in the hospital.

Being affiliated with Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS, the department plays an active role in the education of medical students. We coordinate the rotation of medical students amongst the emergency departments in Singapore.

The department also supports the Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training programmes for the hospital.

The department consists of a group of physicians with a strong passion for teaching. Through the development of well planned training programme, we have achieved consistent results in the post graduate education of future emergency physicians. Being a tertiary hospital with a good variety of clinical cases, NUH is popular amongst the trainees of Emergency Medicine. The Head of the department also chairs the National Combined Advance Specialist Training Committee in Emergency Medicine, which oversees the training curriculum of emergency specialist trainees in Singapore.

We provide a nurturing environment for both research and training while providing a balanced lifestyle for everyone.