Geriatric Medicine at a Glance
The SingHealth Geriatric Medicine Senior Residency Program aims to equip aspiring geriatricians with the medical knowledge, clinical competence, leadership and organizational skills to care for the elderly.
We adopt a patient-centric approach and treat our elderly patients with compassion and dignity, focusing on the whole person and emphasizing holistic care. Our aim is to maintain an older person’s quality of life and independence, against a backdrop of multiple comorbid conditions, ageing and the vicissitudes of life.
Geriatric Medicine is a multi-disciplinary specialty. We work with a team of healthcare professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, nurses, social workers, care coordinators, pharmacists, dietitians, counsellors and psychologists. In addition, we collaborate with primary care physicians, medical specialists, various healthcare institutions and elder care organizations.
If you respect the elderly and look forward to building meaningful and deep relationships with your patients and their families, we welcome you to join Geriatric Medicine.
Help the elderly to optimize their golden years and let their stories inspire and motivate you as you pursue this challenging and rewarding role that makes a positive and profound impact on the lives of others.
A Word from Our Program Director
A warm welcome to you and thank you for registering your interest in the SingHealth Geriatric Medicine Senior Residency Program.
Through this brochure, we hope to provide you with pertinent information about our Program and the training structure available to you at SingHealth.
Do contact us if you have further questions. We will be most keen to answer them and guide you in your journey in becoming a Geriatrician!
Dr Nguyen Minh Ha, Consultant, Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
Why Geriatric Medicine?
Diverse Training and Career Options
A geriatrician’s career path is diverse and varied. You can choose to practice in many different settings, ranging from acute to community hospitals to long-term care facilities such as nursing homes. Or you can opt to provide home care and consultancy services to day centres, rehabilitation centres and other agencies which provide elder care services.
That’s why the cornerstone of geriatric training is exposure to a wide spectrum of geriatric services. With our rotation program, you can expect excellent core geriatric training in the first year, followed by comprehensive training in various affiliated institutions in the second year.
Comprehensive and Rigorous Curriculum in Geriatric Medicine
You will be exposed to a comprehensive mix of general geriatric training and subspecialty training in acute, subacute and long term care institutions. Through small-group tutorials, lectures, journal clubs, supervised general and subspecialty clinics, multi-disciplinary rounds, and regular knowledge assessment, you will assume graded responsibilities at each level of training, which commensurate with your confidence and experience.
Fast-Growing Specialty and Career Opportunities
Geriatric Medicine is thus a fast-growing specialty with many exciting possibilities and career opportunities. As Singapore and countries around the world face rapidly ageing populations, there is much room for growth in the research, services and care interventions for the elderly. Besides providing healthcare services for older patients, geriatricians are also set to become the expert educators, researchers and leaders in elder care policy development.
As an aspiring geriatrician, it is important for you to go beyond the core curriculum to develop your skills and knowledge, and become a well-rounded clinician and expert in your field. That’s why, we encourage all our trainees to participate in local and overseas courses and conferences, as well as projects, audit and research work.
Renowned Faculty, Dedicated Mentors
We have an outstanding pool of faculty members with a wealth of experience in Geriatric Medicine and medical education. They are highly committed to training the next generation of geriatricians and have a proven track record in mentoring young trainees like you. We also strive to provide an enriching and individualized educational experience for you. With a favorable resident-faculty ratio and a high level of resident supervision, we offer a conducive learning environment to help you get the most out of your training.
The SingHealth Geriatric Medicine Senior Residency Program is a two-year structured training program.
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Core training will take place at Singapore General Hospital and Changi General Hospital in Year One. Year Two will comprise rotations to participating sites for comprehensive Geriatric Medicine training. These include Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Jurong General Hospital, National University Hospital System, National Cancer Centre, St Andrews Community Hospital, St Lukes Community Hospital, Bright Vision Hospital, hospices and nursing homes.
We offer the following subspecialties on our Program:
• Cognitive disorders including delirium and dementia
• Palliative Medicine
• Rehabilitation Medicine
• Transitional / Home care
Upon completion of the two-year SingHealth Geriatric Medicine Senior Residency Program, trainees will enter a third year of specialty training in their areas of interest under the local training scheme.
Training will include the consolidation of Geriatric Medicine skills, subspecialty development (if one is keen) and/or research in Geriatric Medicine. Subspecialty training and development may take place at Singapore General Hospital, Changi General Hospital or other Geriatric Medicine Departments in Singapore.
Eligible candidates can also apply for further advanced training in an approved overseas institution under the Health Manpower Development Program (HMDP).
Trainees will continue to be supervised and assessed closely during Year Three, which will end with a local exit examination, following which you will be promoted to Associate Consultant.
Dr Nguyen Minh Ha
Program Director, Geriatric Medicine, SingHealth Senior Residency Program
Consultant, Dept of Geriatric Medicine, Singapore General Hospital