Family Practice Dermatology

Course Commencement Exam Contacts
May of each year
(1 year part-time)
April of each year Mr Jay Tan
Tel: 6516 3301

The results to the 2016/2017 Graduate Diploma in Family Practice Dermatology Final Exam held on Sunday, 23 April 2017 may be found here.


Intake Date and Course Duration:

The course is conducted once yearly and it will commence from approximately May 2017 till end April 2018 (subject to change).

Closing Date of Application:

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 12 noon

Course Objective:

The Graduate Diploma in Family Practice Dermatology, a joint programme offered by the Division of Graduate Medical Studies (DGMS) and the National Skin Centre (NSC) aims to equip Medical Officers or General Practitioners (both locals and overseas) with the knowledge and skills to deal with skin diseases at a primary care level.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Medical Officers or General Practitioners with a recognized MBBS degree (or equivalent)
  • Minimum 5 years general clinical experience (post-housemanship)
  • TOEFL Requirement: Applicants whose native tongue or medium of undergraduate instruction is not English must submit TOEFL scores as evidence of their proficiency in the English Language.  The minimum TOEFL score required is 580.
  • Other qualifications and experience which may be assessed as equivalent by DGMS and NSC

CME Points:

CME points will be awarded to doctors registered under the Singapore Medical Council (SMC). The number of points to be awarded will be subject to the discretion of SMC.

Course Structure:

    There is a one-day Orientation usually scheduled in the period of May for participants. It is NOT compulsory but participants are strongly encouraged to attend the Orientation.

    The course is conducted on a distance-learning format (E-Learning) and consists of 5 modules. The main topic areas are as follows:

    Module 1 Introduction to Dermatology and Common Skin Conditions in Family Practice
    Module 2 Dermatitis and Drug Eruptions
    Module 3 Infective, pigmentary, blistering and neoplastic skin diseases and Common skin diseases in children and the elderly
    Module 4 Regional Dermatology and Principles of Dermatologic Surgery
    Module 5 The Skin in Systemic Disease

    There will be a one-week Clinical Attachment held at the NSC, followed by a Slides Quiz Test (SQT). It is NOT compulsory but participants are strongly encouraged to attend the Clinical Attachment. It is compulsory for participants to attempt and pass the SQT at the end of the Clinical Attachment in order to be eligible for the Final Examination.
    The Training Seminar will be conducted for eligible candidates as a revision course prior to the Final Examination and it will be held at NSC. It is NOT compulsory but participants are strongly encouraged to attend the Training Seminar.

    Participants must obtain at least 50% of the End-of-Module assessments and Slides Quiz Test (conducted at the end of the Clinical Attachment) before he/she is allowed to proceed to the Final Examination. The Final Examination will consist of an MCQ, Slide Quiz Test and Viva examination.

    He / She must also attempt and pass all the sections within 3 years of starting the course in order to be awarded the Graduate Diploma. If the participant fails to pass the course / examination within 3 years of his / her commencement of the course, he / she must repeat the entire course. The candidature will automatically lapse should the participant fail to complete his / her course / exam within 3 years.
    The candidate who is unsuccessful at the examination must sit the next immediate examination with payment of the re-examination fee. The re-examination fee is chargeable at S$200.00 payable to National University of Singapore.


Please submit your application online via Graduate Admission System (GDA2) by the closing date as stipulated above. Late or incomplete applications will not be entertained. Applications received through email will not be accepted

A step-by-step guide to applying online can be found here.

The following documents must be uploaded online into the GDA2 system by the closing date:

  • 1 passport-sized photograph (image in jpeg format has to be 400 x 514 pixel)
  • At least 2 Testimonials from direct Heads of Department / Supervisors (where applicable)
  • Certified true copy of following documents:
    • Basic medical degree certificate (MBBS)
    • NRIC : for locals / Permanent Residents
    • Employment Pass and Passport : for foreigners (residing in Singapore)
    • Passport : for foreigners (residing outside Singapore)
    • Certificate of TOEFL Score (certified true copy, where applicable)
    • Certificates of any other qualifications, where applicable

It is a university regulation that applicants cannot be concurrently registered for more than one course in an academic year. DGMS is not obliged to provide reasons for unsuccessful applications. Other respective rules / regulations of DGMS will apply.


Application fee (non-refundable) 20.00
Course fee 5,045.57


  • All fees are inclusive of GST
  • Payment modes: credit/debit card only
  • All fees are subject to changes without prior notice
  • Application fees must be paid at the time of application


If a candidate needs to defer his / her course / exam, he / she must write in officially to DGMS citing the reason and the request will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The maximum period for completing the course is over a 3 year period. The candidature will automatically lapse should the candidate fail to complete his / her course / exam within 3 years.

Withdrawal Policy:

Notice of withdrawal from the examination must be given in writing to the Division accompanied by the Tax Invoice (receipt) for fee paid. The entire fee, less application fee, will be refunded when notice of withdrawal is received by 3 April 2017. Those who withdraw after the course commences or who are absent from the course will not receive any refund of the course fees.

For further enquiries, please contact:
Jay Tan (Mr)
Division of Graduate Medical Studies
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore
Block MD 3 Level 2
16 Medical Drive
Singapore 117600
Tel: (65) 6516 3301 / 6601 4888