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Psychological Medicine

Overview

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Programme

Clinical Fellowship in Women's Mental Health & Perinatal Psychiatry

Teaching and Training

  1. Journal Club presentation and discussions - monthly
  2. Case discussion rounds - monthly
  3. SingHealth AST training programme - weekly
  4. Perinatal Interest Group Meeting - every two months

Advanced Specialty Training Programme

The Psychological Medicine Service is an approved accredition site for Advance Specialty Training (Psychiatry) by Joint Committee on Specialist Training (JCST)

Psychiatric trainees interested to train in women psychiatry will be rotated to run the outpatient clinics and do the inpatient obstetric-liaison consultative psychiatry - as per service caseload with direct supervision and case discussion for learning round for each case, and guidance in management.

Research

  • 2006
    Clinical audit study on Perinatal Psychiatry Service (on-going)
  • 2008
    Clinical audit of the Postnatal Depression Intervention Programme (on-going)
  • 2008
    Postnatal Depression drug utilization study (on-going)
  • 2009
    Case report on a patient with Antenatal Depression and Anxiety in a high-risk pregnancy
  • 2009
    Case series on patients with puerperal or post-abortion psychosis

Objectives

This programme aims to provide the fellow with knowledge, skills and understanding of the following areas:

  1. The psychiatric disorders, and distinctive clinical features, complicating maternities
  2. The management of these conditions including the use of psychotropic medication in pregnancy and lactation
  3. Risk identification and planning of care
  4. Working within a multidisciplinary team and a comprehensive, integrated perinatal mental health service (with occupational therapy, psychological therapy, social work)
  5. Obstetric and gynaecology liaison service – training in handling blue-letter consultations
  6. Psychological disorders relating to gynaecological illness such as gynae-oncology, chronic pelvic pain, female sexuality disorders
  7. The interface with primary care and adult general psychiatry
  8. Case management model in women’s mental health
  9. Service planning at a local and national level
  10. Developing skills and experience in facilitating and conducting support groups
  11. Developing skills and experience in presentation, teaching and public speaking.

Course Contents

  1. Four to five clinic sessions per week – with direct supervision and case discussion for learning round each case, and guidance in management
  2. Liaison consultation rounds daily as required
  3. Hands-on training in conducting support groups – held fortnightly
  4. Involvement in clinical research projects – to be discussed further with trainee, as per interest
  5. Training in giving public education and educational talks
  6. Preparing educational materials, and experience in writing to enhance mental health literacy of public.

Method

  • Clinical attachment
  • Lecture
  • Tutorials
  • Supervision
  • Mentoring

For Whom

Doctors (Psychiatry Trainees)

Pre-requisite

Recognised medical degree; Specialist training in psychiatry

Duration

One year

Training Dates/Period

Anytime

Certification

Women's Mental Health & Perinatal Psychiatry Fellowship Training Certification from KK Women's and Children's Hospital

Positions/Training Places

One to two fellowship training positions will be given for a given duration

Course Fee

Fees will be determined upon application.

Funding

Candidates should be self-funded or have funding from external sources/institutions

Contact of Organiser/Institution

Head of Service
Psychological Medicine
Division of Medicine
KK Women's and Children's Hospital