Palliative Medicine

Course Commencement Exam Contacts
July of each year
(12 months part-time)
Module Exams, Final Exam and Case Report Mr Teng Yi Feng
Tel: 6601 1989
Email: gsmtyf@nus.edu.sg

GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN PALLIATIVE MEDICINE

Duration:

July 2017 – July 2018

Closing Date of Application:

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Course Objective:

The Graduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine (GDPM) course is offered by the Division of Graduate Medical Studies (DGMS), NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Chapter of Palliative Medicine Physicians (CPMP), College of Physicians, Academy of Medicine Singapore (AMS).

The course aims to train practicing doctors, especially family physicians, to be competent and confident in managing patients who require palliative care in the clinic and in the home setting.

The course is also relevant to family physicians working in hospices, nursing homes, community hospitals, and home medical services, and to non-specialist doctors and specialists in other disciplines who may be interested in palliative care.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Full or conditional registration with the Singapore Medical Council (SMC); doctors with temporary registration with SMC must support their applications with a letter of recommendation from their Head of Department (HOD).
  2. A current and valid practising certificate with SMC.
  3. At least one year of working experience in Singapore prior to the start of the course and must continue to work in Singapore throughout the entire duration of the course.

Intake Date:

The course commences in July 2017 and is conducted once yearly subject to minimum uptake.

CME Points:

CME points will be awarded to successfully enrolled students who attend the GDPM sessions.

Course Overview

This course is a one-year part-time course designed for a busy physician interested to deepen his/her knowledge and clinical skills in palliative medicine. The curriculum covers the breadth of palliative care, including principles of palliative care, symptom management, the psychosocial dimension, communications, ethical and legal issues as well as practical procedures.

There will be course-reading materials for self-study, seminars with group discussion on case vignettes, group learning via group tutorials, and 6 full-day attachments in various palliative care settings – hospital-based palliative medicine unit, inpatient hospice services and home hospices.

Course Components:

The Course Timetable can be downloaded here

  1. Course Modules ‐ The course comprises the following 6 modules:

    • Module 1: Introduction to Palliative Care ‐ Jul‐Aug 2017
    • Module 2: Symptom Management in Palliative Care I ‐ Sep‐Oct 2017
    • Module 3: Symptom Management in Palliative Care II ‐ Nov‐Dec 2017
    • Module 4: Psychosocial Care in Palliative Care ‐ Jan‐Feb 2018
    • Module 5: Communication and Ethical Issues ‐ Mar‐Apr 2018
    • Module 6: Practices of Palliative Medicine ‐ May‐June 2018

  2. Saturday Seminars & Group Tutorials
    There are 3 Saturday afternoon sessions per 2-month module. Each session consists of 2 hours of seminar and 2 hours of group tutorial. In total, there are 18 Saturday afternoon sessions in the whole course.

    Students will be able to download the lecture notes and reading materials at least one to two weeks before each Saturday session to prepare for the seminar and group tutorial.

  3. Clinical Attachment
    There will be a clinical attachment of eight hours (one full day) per module during office hours. In total there will be 6 full days of clinical attachment for each candidate in the course. Students will be rotated to various palliative care units, including hospice home care services, inpatient hospice services and hospital-based palliative care services, under the supervision of a Specialist in Palliative Medicine in the unit.

  4. Supervision and Logbook
    Each student will be assigned a supervisor who will act as his/her mentor throughout the whole course. All assigned supervisors are Specialists in Palliative Medicine. Each student will meet his/her supervisor at least once every 4 months (every 2 modules) for feedback on his/her training and for the supervisor to assess his/her progress in the course. A meeting log cum progress report signed by both student and supervisor must be submitted to the Programme Director via the Course Administrator within 1 week after each meeting.

Course Assessment and Examination

  1. End-of-Module Examination (30%)

    An End-of-Module Examination is held at the end of each module. To be eligible to sit for the End-of-Module Examination, the student must not be absent for more than one Saturday session for that module.

    This online End-of-Module examination consists of 30 MCQs and 3-5 structured questions. Each student will be required to login online during the window period on the scheduled date. Completion of each module will require a pass in the End-of-Module online examination, as well as completion of the one-day attachment with submission of a reflective writing/case log signed by the site supervisor.

    Each End-of-Module Examination constitutes 5% of the final mark. Therefore, the 6 examinations will constitute 30% of the final mark.

  2. Case Report (10%)

    Each student is required to submit one case report with evidence-based literature review of a patient with palliative care needs. This may be the student’s own patient in his/her own work setting or a patient with whom he/she comes into contact during the clinical attachment. At least 2 clinical encounters with the patient are required.

    The student must submit the case report online to the Course Administrator by the end of Module 5, 30 April 2018, 2359hrs. It will be graded by 2 independent markers and the final score will be the average of the 2 scores. This score will constitute 10% of the final mark.

  3. Final Examination (60%)

    To be eligible to sit for the Final Examination, each student must complete all 6 modules (pass all 6 End-of Module Examinations and complete 6 days of Clinical Attachment with submission of reflective writing and case log), achieve at least 75% attendance rate for all Saturday sessions (i.e. present in 14 out of 18 Saturday sessions), and achieve a “Pass” in the case report.

    The Final Examination constitutes 60% of the final mark. It consists of 6 OSCE clinical stations assessing various skills in palliative medicine. Each student must pass at least 4 out of 6 clinical stations to pass the Final Examination.

Successful completion of this GDPM course will require a “Pass” in the Final Examination and an achievement of at least 50% in the final mark.

Retake of Module and Final Examination:

A student who fails or is unable to complete one or more modules may repeat the module(s) during the next course intake upon paying the module fee. A student who fails the Final Examination may retake only the Final Examination during the next course intake upon paying the examination fee. A student who fails the Final Examination twice will be required to retake the whole course. All candidates must complete the course within 3 years.

Funding:

The course is eligible for the following funding schemes:

  1. Agency for Integrated Care (AIC)'s SHMDP-ILTC – for doctors employed under ILTC organisations. Please visit AIC's website ( www.aic.sg) for more information.
  2. AIC’s Community Care - GP Partnership Training Award – for GPs sponsored by a Community Care institution. For more information, please email to:
  3. SkillsFuture Credit scheme – please visit www.skillsfuture.sg/credit for more information

Minimum and Maximum Number of Candidates:

The GDPM course will commence upon a successful enrolment of 20 students. The maximum capacity for each intake is 24. Should there be an over-subscription, applicants may be placed on the waiting list and will be contacted once there is a vacancy.

Application:

Please submit your application online via Graduate Admission System (GDA2) by the closing date as stipulated above. A step-by-step guide to applying online can be found here. A completed application would have fulfilled the following:
  1. all required fields are accurately filled and all supporting documents are uploaded into the system
  2. a unique 10-digit application number is auto-generated by the system (we recommend that you jot down the number for reference)
  3. the non-refundable SGD20 payment is successful and supported by Tax Invoice (also known as the receipt) which is downloadable from the system

A successfully completed application does not indicate a successful placement or admission into the exam. Late or incomplete applications will not be entertained.

The following documents must be submitted together with your application:

  • Recent passport-sized photograph (image has to be 400 x 514 pixels)
  • Certified true copy / scanned coloured copy of the following documents (Official English translations will be required for stamps or certificates sent that are not in English):
    • NRIC : for locals / Permanent Residents
    • Employment Pass and Passport : for foreigners
    • Valid practising certificate from SMC

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

  • Medical Council of which you are registered and licensed to practice
  • Ministry of Health, Singapore;
  • 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 examination.

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

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.

Fees:

DESCRIPTION FEE
(SGD)
Course fee (inclusive of Examination fee) 7,100.00
Miscellaneous Student Fee* 132.15 per semester for 2 semesters

Notes:

  • Course fee is inclusive of 7% GST and SGD20 non-refundable online application fee.
  • Application fee must be paid at the time of application. Course fee is payable after successful course enrolment, upon further notification.
  • Payment mode: credit/debit card.
  • All fees are subject to changes without prior notice
  • Successful applicants will be notified to accept placement via email within 2-3 weeks after application closes.
  • *Miscellaneous Student Fee is charged by and payable to NUS Office of Financial Services. It will be payable online via student portal during the term of study. The fee stated is correct as of 7 Apr 2017, applicable to new students admitted in Academic Year 2017/2018, subject to change. For more details, please refer to http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/edu/gd-fees.html

Course Deferment:

Deferment of course for successfully admitted applicants is subject to the GDPM Committee’s discretion. A fresh application is required should you decide to take the course in future intake.

Withdrawal Policy:

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

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

For any enquiries, please contact:

Teng Yi Feng (Mr)
Tel: (65) 6601 1989
Email: gsmtyf@nus.edu.sg