I About The ProgrammeII Assessment and EvaluationIII Target Audience and Eligibility RequirementsIV Other Information
I About The Programme
Name of Programme
Clinical Fellowship General Paediatric Surgery
A key gap in the advancement of paediatric surgical outcomes is the lack of skilled professionals in geographical areas where the needs are most pronounced. Low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) see a disproportionate volume of paediatric and congenital neonatal surgical conditions. This programme aims to address this gap by training the paediatric surgeons that is required to advance the care of general paediatric surgery in LMICs.
The programme builds on the Department’s past general paediatric surgery cum paediatric urology programme which has trained clinical fellows and observers from Southeast Asia since 2013. In a similar vein, doctors who complete the training will return to their home countries with the newly gained expertise and experience to contribute towards enhancing their countries’ clinical and research capabilities.
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Aim of Programme
The aim of this clinical fellowship is to provide general paediatric surgery training to junior paediatric surgeons, particularly those coming from resource-challenged settings.
Duration of Programme
This is a 6- to 12-month programme. The 12-month programme is strongly recommended to better achieve training objectives.
Number of Training Places
One trainee will be accepted into this programme per year.
Main intake is in July. Entry into the programme at other times is subject to availability.
On completion of the programme, the clinical fellow should:
The training content is as outlined below:
1. Clinical training
The fellow is expected to actively participate by attending and presenting at educational meetings. These include:
The fellow will be equipped with up-do-date clinical and practical skills via didactic and bedside teaching, as well as practical clinical work in the wards, clinics and operating theatres. The fellow will also participate in active academic discussion, journal clubs, publications, workshops, conferences and research.
The training location will be the Department of Paediatric Surgery, KK Hospital. Rotation to different surgical teams (with special interest in Urology, Hepatobiliary, Oncology or Minimally Invasive Surgery) can be arranged based on the fellow's area of interest, where possible. In addition, short external rotations to the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit or other services can be arranged if specific areas of interest or needs are identified.
Past and Present Fellows
The Department of Paediatric Surgery at KKH has had a prior track record of training clinical fellows and observers in general paediatric surgery and paediatric urology. Under the past programme, the Department has trained 8 clinical fellows and clinical observers from 2013 to 2015.
Clinical fellows and clinical observers trained at the Department of Paediatric Surgery, KKH, from 2013 to 2015:
Team of Experts
The Paediatric Surgery and Paediatric Surgical Oncology Fellowship Programme is managed by the following experts:
II Assessment and Evaluation
Aims of Assessment
Fellows are required to continually demonstrate their proficiency levels based on the following competencies:
(A) Patient Care
(B) Medical Knowledge
(C) Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
(D) Interpersonal and Communication Skills
(F) Systems-Based Practice
The clinical fellow will be assessed periodically and will receive an end of fellowship report and certificate. Clinical fellows must remain under Level 1 supervision for the entire duration of their training. They will be assessed (using SMC Form T3) during the following time points:
Clinical fellows must maintain a logbook of cases.
General overall grading system
The general overall grading system evaluates the fellow’s performance upon completion of the fellowship programme. All fellows will be given a general overall grading status at the end of the fellowship programme based on the grading criteria requirements. These requirements incorporate the six competencies that fellows must demonstrate throughout the programme.
The fellow will be terminated from the programme if he/she receives poor interim assessment reviews, or continually unsatisfactory performance assessment reviews during the programme. Such early termination will be recorded in the stipulated SMC assessment form and all relevant parties notified.
III Target Audience and Eligibility Requirements
This fellowship programme aims to provide general paediatric surgery training to junior paediatric surgeons, particularly those coming from resource-challenged settings. The candidate who will benefit most from this programme will be a junior surgeon working in a children’s hospital, and should have completed post-graduate training in paediatric surgery in his/her country of origin, and may have some experience working as a junior paediatric surgeon in his/her hospital.
IV Other Information
There is no separate course fee.
Candidates should be self-funded or have funding from external sources/institutions.
Certificate of fellowship will be awarded after completion at the end of the attachment.
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