I About The ProgrammeII Assessment and EvaluationIII Target Audience and Eligibility RequirementsIV Other Information
I About The Programme
Name of Programme
Clinical Fellowship in Paediatric Neurosurgery and Paediatric Neurosurgical Oncology
Around the globe, it is estimated each year there are 180,000 newly diagnosed cases of cancer in children younger than 15. In this group, brain tumours are the most common solid tumours in children. More than 80 percent of these occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). This programme aims to address this gap by training apex subspecialty professionals of the clinical workforce who is required to advance the care of paediatric neurosurgery and neurosurgical oncology in LMICs.
The VIVA-KKH Paediatric Brain and Solid Tumour Programme will be providing sponsorship for this fellowship to selected medical doctors from less developed countries in the region, as part of its education and exchange initiatives to enhance inter-institutional collaboration, reach out to the broader population in Southeast Asia and integrate training and education into our healthcare and research activities. One of the key aims is for the doctors who have completed the fellowship to return to their home countries with newly gained expertise and experience. We hope to contribute towards enhancing their countries’ clinical and research capabilities, particularly in the care of paediatric brain and solid tumours.
Aim of Programme
The aim of this clinical fellowship is to provide Paediatric Neurosurgery experience to junior neurosurgeons, particularly those coming from resource-limited settings, with a special focus on Paediatric Neurooncology.
Duration of Programme
The year-long training programme constitutes a 12-month rotation in paediatric neurosurgery, with a strong focus on Paediatric Neurooncology.
Number of Training Places
One trainee will be accepted into this program per year.
On completion of the programme, the clinical fellow should:
The programme covers the following areas:
1. Clinical training
Besides participating in the didactic learning, the fellow is responsible for organizing cases for discussion and presenting at educational meetings. These include departmental meetings based at the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI), whereby the consultant neurosurgeons from KKH are also part of.
The primary training location will be the Neurosurgical Service, KK Hospital. 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, outpatient clinics, and operating theatres. The fellow will also participate in active academic discussion, journal clubs, publications, workshops, conferences, and research.
II Assessment and Evaluation
Aims of Assessment
(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 continually 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 (SMC Form T3) during the following time points:
Clinical fellows must maintain a logbook of neurosurgical cases. Clinical fellows must present a research-based topic related to Paediatric Neurooncology each month.
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 sub-specialty Paediatric Neurooncology training to junior paediatric neurosurgeons, particularly those coming from resource-limited settings. The candidate who will benefit most from this programme will be a junior neurosurgeon working in a children’s hospital with Paediatric Neurooncology service support and should have completed post-graduate training in paediatric neurosurgery in his/her country of origin and may have some experience working as a junior paediatric neurosurgeon in his/her hospital.
IV Other Information
No separate course fee.
Candidates should be self-funded or have funding from external sources/institutions. Sponsorship through the VIVA-KKH Paediatric Brain and Solid Tumour Programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis
Certificate of fellowship will be awarded after completion at the end of the attachment.
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