I About The ProgrammeII Assessment and EvaluationIII Target Audience and Eligibility RequirementsIV Other Information
I About The Programme
Name of Programme
Clinical Observership in General Paediatric Surgery (3-6 months)
A key gap in the advancement of pediatric 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 observership programme aims to address this gap by exposing junior paediatric surgeons from these LMICs to the practices in a tertiary paediatric surgery centre at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore.
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 observership is to provide junior paediatric surgeons, particularly those coming from resource-challenged settings, with exposure to tertiary-level paediatric surgical services.
Duration of Programme
This is a 3- to 6-month programme.
Number of Training Places
One trainee will be accepted into this programme at any one time.
Main intake is in July. Entry into the programme at other times is subject to availability.
On completion of the programme, clinical observers should be able to:
The training content is as outlined below:
1. Clinical training
The observer is expected to actively participate by attending and sometimes presenting at educational meetings. These include:
The observer will learn up-do-date clinical and practical skills through:
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 observer’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 need 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 2013-2015.
Clinical fellows and clinical observers trained at the Department of Paediatric Surgery, KKH from 2013-2015:
Team of Experts
The Paediatric surgery observership programme is managed by the following experts:
II Assessment and Evaluation
Clinical observers must remain under Level 1 supervision for the entire duration of their training. They will have regular meetings with their supervisor where formative feedback will be shared. Both supervisor and HOD will submit the feedback on clinical observers’ performance to SMC every 3 months, using SMC online assessment system.
The observer will receive a certificate of observership on successful completion of the programme (CMP) according to the criteria laid out as follows:
III Target Audience and Eligibility Requirements
This observership programme aims to provide general paediatric surgery exposure 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 observership will be awarded after completion at the end of the attachment.
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