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Obstetric Anaesthesia

Programme Descriptions

The Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore offers advanced clinical training, teaching and research with a busy caseload of about 12,000 deliveries and 5,000 labour epidural analgesia cases per year. This is a tertiary referral center that provides a full range of obstetric-related care. Commonly encountered pregnancy-related problems include pre-eclampsia, diabetes, prematurity, morbid obesity and multiple gestation. Complex patients are approached by an interprofessional team that includes perinatologists, neonatologists, anaesthesiologists, nursing and other medical and surgical consultants as needed.

Fellows are appointed for periods up to 12 months. The department is accredited for training by the Singapore Medical Council and hosts rotating Senior Residents, Residents and Medical Officers training in Obstetric Anaesthesia and Research. Applications from overseas are welcomed and an application form is attached.

Program objectives can be tailored to suit the career plans of the individual.


  1. To develop confidence in the anaesthetic management of the healthy and complicated parturient
  2. To develop the ability to design and complete clinical research projects
  3. To develop competence in teaching residents, medical students and other health care personnel
  4. To participate actively in conference and seminars
  5. To understand the administrative aspects involved in setting up and managing an Obstetric Anaesthesia Service


Fellows will have clinical, teaching and research responsibilities.

  • Clinical Resposibilities
    The program begins with a one-month orientation with intensive upgrade of clinical skills (including night calls). When assigned to the obstetric anaesthesia service, the fellow will both directly provide clinical care as well as instruct and guide residents assigned to the obstetric anaesthesia service. Women’s anaesthesia also is responsible for anaesthesia in reproductive medicine, gynaecology, oncology and urology patients. Other clinical responsibilities will include assignment to Women’s services, pain services and Women’s intensive care unit.

  • Teaching
    All fellows are involved in the teaching mission within the department by participation in Mortality and Morbidity conferences and weekly journal club. Clinical teaching includes instruction in the techniques of labour analgesia and operative anaesthesia as well as the understanding of how to manage the provision of anaesthetic services in a busy labour ward. Didactic teaching includes presentation at departmental journal club, organizing and participating in weekly resident and student discussions of obstetric anaesthesia topics.

  • Research
    Fellows are expected to actively participate in ongoing projects. In addition, fellows will design and carry out their research projects with the support and guidance of senior staff with expertise in research. Fellows are encouraged to attend local and international conferences and seminars to present abstracts and lectures.

Course Fee

Fees will be determined upon application.


Self funding.


A/Prof Sng Ban Leong (email:
Dr Farida Binte Ithnin (email: