Director, Phase IV O&G Posting Director
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
National University Hospital
The teaching of medicine is an inherent role of being a doctor. We have all become doctors today as a result of those who have shared knowledge with us and taught their skills to us, and also those who have come before to create that knowledge and those skills in the first place. Teaching is therefore the key to the continuation of knowledge and skills through generations of doctors. We not only need to impart the knowledge to our next generations of doctors, we need to instill in them the philosophy that ‘the taught must become the teachers’ and therefore of sharing their knowledge with their peers and juniors in the years ahead.
As medical teachers, we have the responsibilities to ensure that we produce competent and safe doctors for tomorrow. Patients trust doctors with their lives and we owe it to our society to ensure that this trust is not betrayed. We need to ensure that our students have both the skills and compassion needed when they start exercising their privileges of taking care of patients. Five years of medical school equip our students to be competent house officers. As an undergraduate director for the obstetrics and gynaecology posting, I take it as my responsibility to ensure the satisfactory completion of the students’ medical training in this discipline and the aim is to achieve holistic development of our future doctors.
Through teachings in obstetrics and gynaecology, students should understand the importance of fundamental women health issues and know the management of basic conditions. Ability to recognize potentially life-threatening conditions to reduce morbidity and mortality rates related to our women.
We have a comprehensive training programme in our department to cover the various aspects of the specialty. Different teaching methodologies, ranging from lectures, hands-on sessions, audio-visual aids such as IVLE (integrated virtual learning environment) and tutorials are employed to achieve these aims. Lectures on important topics give the medical students the basic understanding of the subjects. Interactive sessions during tutorials enhance communication with the students and allow clarification of various questions and issues.
The students are expected to go through the lectures independently as a form of self-learning, with clarifications made during tutorial sessions. Each lecture is followed by a series of multiple choice questions for which the students need to complete and pass, which is a pre-requisite before they are allowed to sit the end-of-posting assessment in obstetrics and gynaecology. We believe this helps to inculcate in the students the importance of independence in the learning process, which is essential as life-long learning is critical for being a doctor.