I About The ProgrammeII Assessment and EvaluationIII Target Audience and Eligibility RequirementsIV Other Information
I About The Programme
Name of Programme
Paediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship Programme
The Infectious Disease (ID) service at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital receives referrals and consultations both locally and internationally. We have a sizeable bone marrow transplant programme and a large population of immunocompromised patients, a large birth cohort and neonatal level 2 to 3 unit, as well as a moderately large paediatric intensive care unit with air ambulance transport service, and hence our consultations span the whole range of conditions both in the immunocompromised as well as the immunocompetent host, and both local and foreign/travel-related illnesses.
This is a one-year fellowship programme in paediatric infectious disease. We have dedicated clinics such as MycoB and BBV clinics, which see patients with mycobacterial and blood-borne virus infections (e.g. HIV, HBV and HCV), and we also do vaccination of immunocompromised hosts, see patients with congenital and chronic infections (e.g. bone, joint and cerebral infections), as well as offer pre- and post-travel vaccination advice in our clinics.
Aim of Programme
Duration of Programme
After completing the programme, Fellows will be able to:
The programme covers the following areas:
1. Antimicrobial Therapy: Principles and Practice
2. Infectious Disease Syndromes
3. Infectious Control/Antimicrobial Stewardship
Tentative monthly rotation schedule:
For the 3rd and 4th ID1 blocks, electives may be considered if desired and available (e.g. adult ID rotation, STD clinics rotation; may require additional arrangements). Please refer to the
schedule for further information.
Please be informed that a post-fellowship offer can be considered after completion of research paper for journal submission and publication.
Team of Experts
The Paediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship Programme is managed by the following experts.
II Assessment and Evaluation
Aims of Assessment
Fellows are required to continually demonstrate the following six competencies throughout the programme:
(A) Patient Care
Fellows must provide effective, family-centred patient care applying current evidence-based principles, while being fully aware of the balance between risks, cost and benefit to the patient concerned.
(B) Medical Knowledge
Fellows must demonstrate an ability to acquire, critically interpret and apply new knowledge so as to improve patient care.
(C) Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
Fellows must demonstrate their ability to identify standardised guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions common to paediatric ID and adapt them to the specific needs of individuals and their families.
(D) Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Fellows must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills and their ability to:
Fellows must demonstrate personal accountability to the well-being of patients and a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adhering to ethical and legal principles at all times.
(F) Systems-Based Practice
The assessment mode for the programme is as shown in the table below.
Please note that Fellows on rotation will be fully supervised by consultant ID specialists, even when the Fellow is the assigned physician in the outpatient clinic. Inpatient referrals and consultations will be supervised by the ID specialist on call.
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 incorporating the six competencies based knowledge, skills and performance that Fellows must demonstrate throughout the programme.
*Fellows who have attained a USP grade are given options to extend their fellowship programme. This will depend on the faculty's evaluation on the Fellow's clinical skills and professional attitude.
If the Fellow wishes to terminate his/her training, he/she will be required to give a 1-month’s written notice to the ID department and to the HR department of his/her intention. Rare exceptions may be allowed for pending discussions between the Fellow and the programme director.
The hospital/ID department reserves the right to terminate the training programme in the event of unsatisfactory performance of the temporarily registered doctor (as reflected in the assessment reports to the
Singapore Medical Council).
III Target Audience and Eligibility Requirements
Paediatricians who aspire to sub-specialise in paediatric ID.
Success of the fellowship application is also contingent on approval by the Singapore Medical Council for a temporary medical practising license.
IV Other Information
Number of Training Places
1 Fellow at any one time
Course fee will be determined upon application.
Candidates should obtain their own funding to cover expenses during the training period.
Certificate of fellowship will be awarded upon completion of the programme.
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