Geriatric Medicine

Course Commencement Exam Contacts
July of each year (1 year part-time) July or August of each year Ms Vanessa Lyz Peh
Tel: 6601 2457


Diploma Duration:

August 2017 - August 2018

Closing Date of Application:

Monday, 12 June 2017

Course Objective:

The Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (GDGRM) course is a one-year part time course which is organised by the Division of Graduate Medical Studies (DGMS), NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Society of Geriatrics Medicine Singapore (SGMS). The course is designed to provide primary care physicians with basic skills in caring for the elderly.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants seeking admission to the course must be a Medical Officer (MO) or a General Practitioner (GP) who has a first medical degree with a minimum of 2 years clinical postgraduate experience. Applicants should have spent at least 6 months during the last 2 years looking after elderly patients on a regular basis. Experience gained could be from either local or overseas.

Applicants who are overseas doctors from non‐traditional sources, besides having minimum 2 years postgraduate experience, they must also have an additional 1 year (minimum) of local experience in Geriatrics (i.e. 2 years of clinical postgraduate experience plus 1 year of geriatrics-related work experience in Singapore). A strong letter of support from the institution which they are working for is also required at the point of application.

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.

Intake Date:

The course commences in August 2017 and is conducted once yearly.

CME Points:
CME points will be awarded to doctors registered with the Singapore Medical Council (SMC).

Course Components:
Self‐directed learning, assignments, case write‐ups, week day clinical activities and monthly Saturday workshops (please refer to the Sample Timetable as reference).

A. Monthly Saturday Workshops
A total of 10 Saturday afternoon workshops which will be held from August 2017 to May 2018. Tentatively, these workshops are held on the second Saturday of each month (please refer to timetable for the exact date). The duration of each workshop is 3 hours. The conduct of the workshops can be in the form of lectures, case studies and/or discussions

B. Clinical Attachment and Site Visits
There are 4 site visits and 2 short case sessions scheduled for the entire course duration. These sessions are conducted at various restructured hospitals and stepped down homecare facilities.

Participants are requested to attend all Site Visits. Short case sessions are not compulsory but participants are encouraged to attend.

Course Assessment:
1. Workshop Assignments (20% of written component)
A total of 4 assignments are to be completed during the course duration and these will contribute 20% to the final written component.

The assignment questions will be sent out to the course participants via e-mail. Each assignment will comprise of 5 short answer questions and 1 long answer question. All assignments must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.

Marks distribution of reach assignment is as follows:
- Short questions: 50%
- Long question: 50%

Answers to the assignments will be discussed during the next workshop.

2. Case Write-ups (10% of written component)
Two case write-ups are to be submitted: the first by 18 December 2017 and the second by 5 March 2018. All case write ups will be marked and graded and will contribute 10% (5% per case write-up) to the written component.

Your cases should address some of the following areas: immobility, instability, incontinence, intellectual decline, chronic medical problems, social & psychological issues, and carer issues.

Exam Structure:
There are 2 components to the exam; Written Component and Practical Examination Component.

Participants must achieve at least 80% combined attendance for the workshops and site visits in order to sit of the written examination held in June 2018.


Teaching Venues:

NUS teaching facilities, local restructured teaching hospitals and stepped down home care facilities.


Please submit your application online via Graduate Admission System (GDA2) by the closing date as stipulated above. A step-by-step guide for the online application can be found here. Late or incomplete applications will not be entertained.

The following documents must be submitted together with your application:

  • 1 recently taken passport‐sized photograph (image has to be 400 x 514 pixels)
  • Certified true copy of following documents (Official English translations will be required for stamps or certificates sent that are not in English):
    • Basic medical degree certificate (MBBS)
    • NRIC : for locals / Permanent Residents
    • Employment Pass and Passport : for foreigners (residing in Singapore)
  • A recommendation letter from your current working institution (only applicable to applicants who are non- traditional sources)

Photocopies of certificates and/or official translations (in English)* including any other official supporting documents will be accepted only if they have been prepared and/or authenticated by one of the following:

  • the issuing University or Medical School;
  • Medical Council of which you are registered and licensed to practice
  • Government Ministries of Health;
  • a notary public or Justice of the Peace;
  • Division of Graduate Medical Studies (DGMS) - For authentication by DGMS office, original certificates and documents must be produced.

* Candidates must submit an authenticated translation if their official supporting documents is not in English. A fresh ink stamp must be used to authenticate the copy or translation of the primary medical qualification.

Candidates who fail to present their original documents for verification without acceptable reasons will not be admitted to the course.

Candidates whose original documents have been damaged or misplaced must apply to the relevant organisations/ authorities for replacements or letters of verification.

Application fee (non-refundable) 20.00
Course fee (inclusive of first examination fee) 6, 230.00
Re-Examination fee 1,000.00
Account payee for cheques/bank drafts National University of Singapore


  • Fees are inclusive of 7% GST
  • Payment modes: credit/ debit card (preferred), cheque or bank draft only
  • If you are paying by cheque/ bank draft, please indicate your name, contact number and name of course at the back of each cheque/ bank draft
  • All fees are subject to changes without prior notice, and must be paid at the time of application

Course and Exam Deferment:

Deferment of course for successfully admitted applicants is not allowed. A fresh application is required should you decide to take the course in a future intake.

Each candidate is allowed up to two examination deferments only.

Withdrawal Policy:

If candidate decides to withdraw after placement is confirmed, he/she must write in to DGMS.

  1. If written notice of withdrawal is received before the acceptance of placement deadline, a refund, less the application fee will be made.
  2. If written notice of withdrawal is received after the acceptance of placement deadline, or the candidate fails to attend the examination for any reason, no refund will be administered.

For any enquiries, please contact:

Vanessa Lyz Peh (Ms)
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) 6601 2457 / 6601 4888