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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 in a setting that delivers 12,000 women 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 interdisciplinary team that includes perinatologists, neonatologists, anaesthesiologists and other medical and surgical consultants as needed.

Fellows are appointed for periods ranging from 12 to 24 months. The department is accredited for training by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and hosts rotating Registrars and Medical Officers training in Obstetric Anaesthesia and Research. Applications from overseas are welcomed and an application form is attached.

Program objectives (in both the one and two year fellowships) can be tailored to suit the career plans of the individual.

Objectives

  1. To develop confidence in the anaesthetic management of the healthy and complicated parturient
  2. To develop the ability to independently 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

Structures

Fellows will have clinical, teaching and research responsibilities.

  • Clinical Resposibilities
    The program begins with a one-month intensive upgrade of clinical skills (including night calls). Thereafter, the fellow will spend 50% of the time providing clinical care. 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. The women’s division also is responsible for anaesthesia in gynaecology, oncology and urology patients. Other clinical responsibilities will include assignment to the general operating suites one day per week.
  • 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 more subtle understanding of how to manage the provision of anaesthetic services in a busy labour ward. Didactic teaching includes presentation at departmental journal club and organizing and participating in weekly resident and student discussions of obstetric anaesthsia topics.
  • Research
    Fellows are expected to actively participate in ongoing projects. In addition, fellows will design and carry out their own research projects with the support and guidance of members of the section of obstetric anesthesia. Fellows are encouraged to attend local and international conferences to present abstracts and lectures; funds made available to achieve this.

Course Fee

Fees will be determined upon application.

Funding

Self funding.