Rehabilitation Medicine at a Glance
An acute illness or injury can affect the way people move and communicate and function. This can prevent them from fulfilling their roles in life.
Rehabilitation Medicine (also known as Physiatry), is the branch of medicine focusing on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that cause functional impairment.
Compared to other medical specialties, Rehabilitation Medicine is a unique field that addresses the patient as a whole, rather than an organ or organ system.
Rehabilitation Medicine physicians work closely as a team with various healthcare professionals to treat a wide range of illnesses from both the medical and surgical fields.
If you wish to make a difference to your patient’s life after a serious illness or if you have ever wondered what happens to a patient after a debilitating illness such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury or limb amputation, come speak to us and do consider a career in Rehabilitation Medicine.
A Word from Our Program Director
Congratulations on completing your residency program. I encourage you to consider our Rehabilitation Medicine Senior Residency program for the next step in your training journey.
Your training will take place in outstanding facilities here in Singapore General Hospital and in our major participating site – Changi General Hospital. We have a team of committed teaching faculty who will be creating a rich and varied clinical training program for you through the next three years.
Join us and take advantage of the comprehensive and diverse clinical experience that you will encounter in the biggest teaching hospital in Singapore. We look forward to welcoming you on board as a Rehabilitation Medicine physician!
Dr Ashfaq Ahmed Larik
Rehabilitation Medicine Senior Residency Program
Why SingHealth Rehabilitation Medicine?
Robust and Comprehensive Program
The SingHealth Rehabilitation Medicine Senior Residency Program offers a robust and comprehensive educational experience to prepare graduates to enter specialist practice as a Rehabilitation Medicine physician in Singapore.
Our Program taps on the breadth and depth of clinical services that Singapore General Hospital, the premier hospital in the country, has to offer. Expect similar comprehensive clinical rotations at our affiliate institution, Changi General Hospital, where you will have the opportunity to widen your range of clinical exposure and training.
Get the Best of Both Worlds in Rehabilitation Care
As a Rehabilitation Medicine physician, you get the best of both worlds. Besides working closely with colleagues to manage acute conditions such as stroke and traumatic brain injuries, you also care for patients in the subacute phase and over the course of their recovery.
Trainees in our Program will have the chance to experience rehabilitation care through the whole spectrum of acute care (SGH and CGH), subacute care (Bright Vision Hospital and St. Andrew’s Community Hospital) and community level care (Society for Physically Disabled).
Rewarding Working Environment
Here at Rehabilitation Medicine, we value teamwork. You will be immersed in a rewarding working environment. Learn to lead a team and work closely with colleagues and healthcare professionals from diverse fields including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation nurses, speech therapists, social workers, dieticians, prosthetists and physicians from otherspecialties.
With advances in the understanding of interactive media, neuroscience and musculoskeletal functions, Rehabilitation Medicine research is now undergoing a paradigm shift with wonderful opportunities ahead. The Rehabilitation Medicine community at SingHealth has exciting projects and collaborations with partners from other medical fields, commercial bodies and tertiary institutions to further research in the field.
Trainees seeking specialization in Rehabilitation Medicine will complete three years of training. You will undergo clinical rotations at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and Changi General Hospital. You will also have the opportunity to work at the upcoming Gait Lab in SGH, as well as a range of inpatient and outpatient settings, including opportunities for exposure at community hospitals and community based rehabilitation facilities.
The program structure is as below:
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Rehabilitation Medicine physicians can look forward to exciting career prospects at SingHealth. We have an established clinician practitioner path which offers a combination of inpatient and outpatient care within an acute care hospital setting.
Rehabilitation Medicine physicians in Singhealth also hold teaching positions and participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at the National University of Singapore and Duke-NUS Postgraduate Medical Schools.
In addition, Rehabilitation Medicine physicians at the Singapore General Hospital contribute significant services to the Department of Internal Medicine every year.
Dr Ashfaq Ahmed Larik, Consultant, Rehabilitation Medicine,SGH