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Our History

The Division of Graduate Medical Studies was formed as a Committee for Postgraduate Medical Studies in 1961. It was subsequently constituted in 1969 as a "Postgraduate School" responsible to the Senate. The executive body of the School was the Board of the School of Postgraduate Medical Studies, whose membership included representatives from the National University of Singapore, Academy of Medicine and Ministry of Health. The School was subsequently renamed as "Graduate School of Medical Studies" (GSMS). Then, in 2002, GSMS was subsumed under the Faculty of Medicine and was renamed as "Division of Graduate Medical Studies (DGMS)".

The first examinations for the Master of Medicine (M.Med) degree held in 1970 were in the specialties of Internal Medicine, Surgery and Paediatrics. The M.Med in Obstetrics & Gynaecology(O&G) was introduced the following year. In 1973, the degree of Master of Science in Occupational Medicine was introduced and the degree of Master of Science in Public Health replaced the former Diploma in Public Health. In 1991, these degrees were re-designated as Master of Medicine in Occupational Medicine/Public Health.

From the 80's, more exams were introduced and the Division held the first joint examination in Singapore with the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (RCSE) in 1986 for the specialty of Surgery. This was shortly followed by another joint examination in 1989 for the specialty of Ophthalmology. Candidates were thus able to obtain the M.Med degree and the Fellowship of RCSE by sitting a 'conjoint' examination in Singapore. In 1996, the joint M.Med (Internal Medicine & Paediatrics)/MRCP(UK) examinations were established with the Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK) and more recently with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). Successful candidates in the Internal Medicine examination and Paediatrics examination also receive the MRCP and MRCPCH respectively.

In the 90's, Medical Officers who passed the M.Med, and have completed 3 years of basic training were required to proceed to 3 years of Advanced Specialty Training. 1992 marked the first step in the establishment of a 'national' system of 6 years of structured specialist training with examinations and subsequent certification by the Specialist Accreditation Board. The degree of Master of Medicine in Family Medicine was also instituted in 1992 with the first examination being held in 1993. In 1994, the Master of Medicine in Diagnostic Radiology was introduced.

From the mid-1990s, the Division diversified its programmes to include clinical sciences and Graduate Diploma programmes. This was to cater to the training needs of Family Physicians, basic specialty trainees and scientists in specialised areas. Graduate Diploma programmes in the specialties of Geriatric Medicine, and Occupational Medicine were started in 1997 and 1998 respectively while the Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy, and Graduate Diploma in Family Practice Dermatology started in 1999.

Over the years, the M.Med degree has evolved into an internationally recognised qualification attracting candidates from India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Mauritius, Australia, Brunei, Vietnam, Thailand and Bangladesh. The participation of external examiners, many of whom are from the Royal Colleges of Australasia and United Kingdom (UK) has ensured the maintenance of high standards. The M.Med degree has been regarded as equivalent to the Membership or Fellowship examinations of the Royal Colleges. Candidates with the M.Med degree are exempt from parts of the corresponding Membership/Fellowship examinations of the respective Royal Colleges.

In the new millennium, the Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery, and Otorhinolaryngology were introduced together with the Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine. In 2001, the conjoint Master of Medicine (Emergency Medicine)/FRCSed (A&E)/MRCS (A&E) examinations were conducted. The Division also collaborated with NUS Business School to roll out the Master of Business Administration (Health Care Management) in 2005. 2 years later, the MMed(O&G) exam was also conjoint with the Membership of Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (MRCOG) exam.

While the Division's main focus remains to administer summative examinations at the intermediate level for doctors who are undergoing training to become Specialists, the Division expanded its focus to include Allied Health professionals from 2003 because there were no suitable by starting the Master of Nursing (MN) programme. The Master of Science (Speech and Language Pathology) programme, a two-year full-time programme with 18 compulsory modules designed for graduates from any discipline who are seeking professional practice training as a speech and language pathologist was also started in Jan 2007. A year later, the Master of Clinical Investigation (MCI) programme, whose objective is to equip clinicians with skills involved in scientific enquiry and critical thinking in the context of clinical research, commenced in Aug08. Except for MSc(SLP), the MN programme was subsequently handed over to the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies in 2009 after they had been set up and was ready to undertake programmes at the Masters level. The MCI programme came under the auspices of the Deans Office of Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, due to its Research emphasis. On the hand, the existing Master of Public Health programme came under Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health in 2012.

As recent as 2013, Master of Science (Audiology), a graduate-entry programme was launched in August to address the public demand for locally trained Audiologists especially given the ageing population. It is the only coursework-based study of its kind in Singapore and offered in collaboration with the University of Melbourne. Customised with a distinct Asian framework, students are also given the opportunity to integrate academics, clinical practice and research, which will be carried out in a purpose-built facility, clinic and in collaboration with government research institutes, universities, industry and international partners.