Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Future Doctors

Phase III (Year 3) Clinical Orthopaedic Posting

This is an 8-week posting in NUH and other restructured hospitals – Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH), Changi General Hospital (CGH), Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) where the students are taught the techniques of history taking and physical examination for common musculoskeletal conditions and exposed to the clinical settings of elective and emergency cases in the wards, operating theatres, ambulatory outpatient clinics and bedside teaching. Each student will spend the first 4 weeks in one hospital and the second 4 weeks in another hospital. At the end of the 8 week posting, every student would have been posted to two hospitals for wider clinical exposure and teaching by different tutors. Students also spend at least one session in the paediatric orthopaedic clinics in Kandang Kerbau Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKWCH) for exposure to common paediatric orthopaedic conditions.

At the end of the 8-week posting, students will be able to

  • Gain knowledge on normal functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Develop skills in history taking, physical examination and interpret them in order to reach an appropriate provisional diagnosis and differential diagnoses.
  • Learn the principles of how to investigate and treat common Orthopaedic conditions
  • Gain familiarity with the common investigations and their value in helping with the diagnosis
  • Gain exposure to the common practical skills needed in managing common Orthopaedic conditions.
  • Learn the principles of how to identify patients who are acutely ill or who have medical problems (e.g. post-operative medical complications) that require referral to other specialties.
  • Be aware of the treatment outlines and philosophies.

Teaching tools:

  • Bedside tutorials
  • Ambulatory teaching clinics
  • Consultants/team rounds
  • Skills learning - acute emergency / practical procedures in OTs, DSOTs and wards
  • Department rounds
  • Self-driven practice-based learning & improvement through postings to Ward work and Outpatient specialist clinics attachment.