I About The ProgrammeII Assessment and EvaluationIII Target Audience and Eligibility RequirementsIV Other Information
I About The Programme
Name of Programme
Clinical Fellowship in Neonatology
Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the largest facility in Singapore that treats premature babies and infants, including those referred from other hospitals.
KKH has one of the lowest mortality rates in the world, at 1.99 per 1,000 live births. This outcome has been made possible by close coordination between our perinatal and neonatal teams to manage high-risk pregnancies and deliveries and extend timely and advanced neonatal care to the newborn.
For more information on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the services they offered, click
Aim of Programme
This programme provides Fellows with clinical training in neonatal intensive care. On completion of the training programme, Fellows would have acquired sufficient theoretical knowledge and clinical skills that will enable them to independently manage babies requiring Level 3 Neonatal care. The Fellow will eventually practice neonatal intensive care that is evidence-based and tempered with the art of medicine.
Duration of Programme
Number of Training Places
3 positions available at any point of time
After completing the programme, Fellows will be able to:
The programme covers the following areas:
The training will only take place in Department of Neonatology, KKH. There is no rotation to other departments/institutions.
The fellows will be full-time residents in the Department working under the supervision of Consultants/Associate Consultants. They will be assisted by Registrars. The trainees will be supervised at all times. Each fellow will have periods of mentoring by the Consultants and Associate Consultants. The Fellow will be rostered on a monthly basis to the NICU, Special Care Nursery, and Level 1 Nurseries, and will be functioning at a junior doctor (medical officer) level under close supervision.
Training is obtained through each of the following:
The training activities and methodologies are summarised in the following table:
II Assessment and Evaluation
Aims of Assessment
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 trainee will be encouraged to provide feedback about the learning needs, neonatal practical procedures and difficulties encountered during the posting during the monthly supervisor-supervisee meetings. The candidate will also have the opportunity to meet up with the consultant in-charge of the ward and give feedback with reference to a particular posting.
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. There will also be a clinical scenario-based assessment of the candidate during the last month of the Fellowship.
*Fellows who have attained a USP grade may be given options to extend their fellowship programme for another 6 months.
The attachment programme will be terminated early on the grounds of the Fellow’s poor performance, misdemeanour, misconduct or negligence. The Fellow may also request to terminate the attachment programme for reasons such as serious illness or other personal obligations.
III Target Audience and Eligibility Requirements
The Department of Neonatology invites those candidates who have a passion for neonatology to join us in rendering excellent care to the sick newborn and with its long experience in providing postgraduate training looks forward to assisting the prospective fellow in his/her career development.
Candidates must have:
IV Other Information
A fee of SGD5000 will be charged for a 1-year course.
Clinical Fellows must be sponsored by either the government, regional health authority or an appropriate institution in their home country to undergo the fellowship training in Singapore.
A formal certificate signed by the Head of Department, Division Chairman and Chairman Medical Board of KKH will be awarded upon successful completion of training.
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