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 Surgery and Paediatric Surgical Oncology
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. This is especially true in the area of childhood cancer. Around the globe, it is estimated each year there are 180,000 newly diagnosed cases of cancer in children younger than 15. 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 surgery and surgical oncology in LMICs
The programme builds on the Department’s general paediatric surgery cum paediatric urology fellowship, 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, particularly in the care of paediatric brain and solid tumours.
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.
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Aim of Programme
The aim of this clinical fellowship is to provide paediatric surgery training to junior paediatric surgeons, particularly those coming from resource-challenged settings, with a special focus on paediatric surgical oncology.
Duration of Programme
The year-long training programme constitutes a 9-month rotation in paediatric surgical oncology and a 3-month rotation in general paediatric surgery.
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 programme covers the following areas:
1. Clinical training
Besides participating in the didactic learning, the fellow is responsible for organising cases for discussion and presenting at educational meetings.
The Department of Paediatric Surgery at KKH has had a prior track record of training clinical fellows in general paediatric surgery and paediatric urology. Under this existing programme, the Department has trained 8 clinical fellows and clinical observers from 2013-2015.
Clinical fellows and clinical observers trained at the Department of Paediatric Surgery, KKH from 2013-2015:
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 2013-2015.
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
Key subspecialty areas of competency include:
Fellows are required to continually demonstrate the following six competencies throughout the programme:
(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 overall grading system evaluates the fellow’s performance upon completion of the fellowship programme. All fellows will be given an overall grading status at the end of the fellowship programme based on the grading criteria requirements. These requirements incorporate the six core 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 surgical oncology training to junior paediatric surgeons, general paediatric surgery and 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 with paediatric oncology service support, 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
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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