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Emergency Medicine Department

Our Training Opportunities

  • Postgraduate Training In Emergency Medicine
  • Basic Specialist Training (BST)
  • Advanced Specialist Training (AST)
  • Non-trainee Medical Officers
  • Fellowship in Emergency Medicine

Postgraduate Training In Emergency Medicine
Being a tertiary hospital's Emergency Department with an annual census of 120,000, and a 24/7 senior Emergency Physician coverage, our EMD provides an excellent combination of good clinical volume and spectrum with close senior supervision for both Basic and Advanced specialist trainees, as well as the non-trainee medical officers who seek to have a firm grounding in emergency care management.


There are separate structured teaching programmes for trainees of all levels as well as ad hoc bedside teaching during the daily hand-over round at each change of shift.


With the comprehensive teaching and a senior body of enthusiastic teachers, our EMD is popular choice with medical officers as evidenced by our over-subscription in each MOPEX (MO posting exercise).


Training category for Singapore-Trained Doctors:

  • Basic Specialist Training (BST)
  • Advanced Specialist Training (AST)
  • Non-trainee Medical Officers


Training category for Foreign-Trained Doctors:

  • Fellowship in Emergency Medicine
  • Foreign-trained Medical Officers

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Basic Specialist Training (BST)
The duration of BST is 3 years, of which one year must be spent in an Emergency Medicine department. Our department's teaching programme for the BST trainee aims to prepare them for the MRCSEd (A&E) examination through weekly interactive tutorial sessions in addition to the combined once monthly BST tutorial held at various hospitals. Our department also coordinates the annual MRCS (A&E) Exam Preparatory Course with the Division of Graduate Medical Studies (DGMS), NUS. This course is usually held in July.


The BST trainee will have ample opportunity for "hands-on" procedures under the supervision of senior emergency physicians.

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Advanced Specialist Training (AST)
There is a structured 2 year curriculum for all Emergency AST trainees. AST trainees are designated as registrars and the teaching programme aims to develop the clinical skills and knowledge learnt in BST. There will be exposure to administrative, teaching and research roles. During the 2 year AST, the AST trainee will be given time for a short attachment (3 to 6 months) outside the EMD eg. cardiology, radiology, ICU for specific training in a sub-specialty. The AST trainee may also obtain training award for overseas training. He/she will also be given opportunity to be sent as member of a medical field team in mass disaster exercises.


Upon completion of the AST, the trainee would have completed four 6 monthly assessments prior to his exit assessment which will qualify him to be a registered emergency specialist with the Ministry of Health, Singapore and Singapore Medical Council.

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Non-trainee Medical Officers
There is a structured 6 month curriculum which covers topics of interest to the family medicine and hospital-based specialties with overlap relevance to the practice of emergency medicine. The teaching session is conducted weekly over a 4-hour session in the morning with the aim of equipping the medical officers with the clinical competence in emergency medicine practice on a daily basis. There are also half-day seminars and workshops, as well as practical training sessions at the Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) and Eye clinics for basic ENT / Eye procedures.

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Fellowship in Emergency Medicine
Foreign-trained doctors who wish to pursue further training in Emergency Medicine may enter our training curriculum in the following levels, depending on the possession of postgraduate degree in Emergency Medicine in their home country:


1. Clinical Fellow
2. Clinical Observer


Kindly refer to the table below for details.


TYPES OF FELLOWSHIP IN NUH-EMD

Designation Clinical Fellow Clinical Observer

Requirement

  • Post-grad degree in Emergency Medicine in home country and wants to be trained in sub-specialty
  • In active clinical practice
  • A basic medical degree from an accredited medical university or medical school
  • Evidence of at least 12 months housemanship/internship with a certificate of satisfactory completion of housemanship or equivalent
  • Been registered as a medical practitioner in the country where he is currently practicing as a medical practitioner
  • Been certified to be of good standing by the Medical Council or the relevant national authority

Additional Requirement

  • Minimum of 3 years working experience as a medical officer (or equivalent)
  • Fulfill English Language requirements of SMC
  • Must be sponsored by the country or institution
  • In active clinical practice 
  • A basic medical degree from an accredited medical university or medical school 
  • Evidence of at least 12 months housemanship/internship with a certificate of satisfactory completion of housemanship or equivalent 
  • Been registered as a medical practitioner in the country where he is currently practicing as a medical practitioner 
  • Been certified to be of good standing by the Medical Council or the relevant national authority
  • Applicable for self-funded individual

Payment

 

Course fee of S$1500 payable to National University Hospital, Singapore in

3 installments over 3 months.

Duration 6 - 12 months 1 - 3 months

Subspecialty areas

 

 

  • Observation Cardiac Care
  • Observation Medicine
  • Disaster Medicine
  • Emergency Critical Care
  • Toxicology
  • Emergency Trauma Care

Training Opportunities

 

  • Twice weekly departmental teaching session for medical officers
  • Once monthly departmental teaching session for Basic Specialist Trainees
  • Once monthly departmental teaching session for Advanced Specialist Trainees
  • Bi-monthly ED-ICU case conference
  • Bi-monthly ED-Trauma Round
  • Attachment to a mentor with subspecialty of choice for one-to-one training **
  • Clinical shifts for exposure to general ED work

    ** Training programme includes tutorials, hands-on subspecialty clinical work, research projects.
  • Twice weekly departmental teaching session for medical officers
  • Bi-monthly ED-ICU case conference
  • Bi-monthly ED-Trauma Round
  • Attachment to a mentor with subspecialty of choice for one-to-one training **
  • Clinical shifts for exposure to general ED work

    ** Training programme includes tutorials, hands-on subspecialty clinical work, research projects.

Criteria & Supervision

Allowed to be involved in patient care, make entries in patient's case notes, communicate care plans to patients and fellow healthcare professionals and perform procedures under direct supervision

Allowed to assist in procedures but must remain under direct supervision at all times

Cannot

  • Be involved in direct patient care and
  • Be allowed to make entries in patients' case notes or write prescriptions for patients
Certification Certification of completion awarded by NUH EMD

 

For further information on eligibility, criteria and application process, please visit us here


Points to Note: (different from NUH criteria)
1) Candidate can be 35 years old and above
2) Closing date for March intake: December of the previous year
3) Closing date for September intake: May of the current year

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