60 Years

 

LIM Shih Hui

Master (2012-2016)
Academy of Medicine, Singapore

 

 

31 December 2013

 

Dear Fellow Academicians

 

I hope you have had a fruitful and rewarding year in 2013.  As a new year begins, I would like to wish one and all a happy and better 2014.

 

 

In the last two months of 2013, the Academy and its Colleges were abuzz with important meetings and activities.

 

A. Visit by Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister, Mrs Tan Ching Yee, Permanent Secretary, Prof K Satku, Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health, Singapore, 19 November 2013

 

The Academy Council had the pleasure of hosting dinner in honour of Minister, PS (Health) and DMS at the Academy of Medicine, Singapore on 19 November 2013.  It was the Minister’s first visit to the Academy, and we gave Minister an update on our progress since our last luncheon meeting at MOH on 13 February 2012.

 

Year Key Events & Activities
2012
2013

re-elected

President Dr Tony Tan

 

 

We highlighted and discussed the close collaboration between the Academy and the Ministry of Health in areas of training, continuing medical education and professional standard and opinion.  Through various standing committees, Academy provided support to the Joint Committee of Specialist Training (JCST), conducted In-Training Examinations (ITEs) for 14 specialties, conducted 23 Staff Registrar Scheme (SRS) Diploma Programme, recommended core and non-core CME accreditation to SMC-CME Coordinating Committee, provided professional opinion and feedback to MOH and its statutory boards (vide infra), verified visiting experts, and provided independent medical expert opinion to coroners’ court and police.

 

The Council also presented the Academy’s roles and plans in the following areas:

  • Collaboration with the Postgraduate Advisory and Training Board of the Ministry of Health of Brunei to train their specialists
  • Strengthening the national effort in producing more clinician educators
  • Continuing Professional Development and Maintenance of Competencies of specialists
  • Assessment and Certification of Medical Specialists

 

 

On all counts, this dinner meeting was positive and constructive, and the discussion was lively.  Minister expressed his appreciation of the Academy’s contributions, and reaffirmed that Ministry will work closely with the Academy as a long-term partner to improve the quality of healthcare in Singapore.  He and PS (Health) offered the College of Medicine Building as a potential site for the future home of the Academy.

 

On behalf of the Council, I am grateful to Minister, PS (Health) and DMS for taking time to dine with us and hear our plans.  The Academy’s goal remains in upholding the professionalism and clinical competencies of doctors in Singapore.  The Council will continue to engage MOH and look forward to many good years of MOH’s support in maintaining the standards of the specialists.

 

B. HMDP Visiting Expert in Medical Ethics and Professionalism

 

Dr Matthew Wynia, Director, Physician and Patient Engagement for Improving Health Outcomes, American Medical Association, visited us from 5 to 11 November 2013 as the HMDP Visiting Expert in Medical Ethics and Professionalism.  The HMDP programme went according to plan, with excellent support received from the public hospitals/institutions, medical schools and medical professional bodies.

 

 

He conducted lectures and round-table discussions with the hospital administrators, clinicians, teaching faculty and medical students.  The following are the topics covered in his lectures:

 

C. Recognition by Health Sciences Authority for Academy's Professional Advice on Medical Issues and Technologies

 

The Academy in partnership with its Colleges and Chapters have been giving professional opinions, guidance, advice and feedback to MOH, its statutory boards and other Ministries.  In 2013, a total of 38 requests were received in 2012. 

 

I am pleased to report that the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) honoured the Academy of Medicine, Singapore at its first Excellent Stakeholder and Partnership Awards on 6 November 2013.  The recognition is in appreciation of the Academy’s input and collaboration in support of HSA’s mission to protect public health and safety, and enhance the regulation of health products.

 

 

D. FAMS Membership Update

 

The Academy, its’ Colleges and Chapters have made commendable strides to strengthen our Fellowship.   I am delighted to report that the Academy has a membership of more than 2,755 Fellows in 35 medical and 6 dental specialties.  A total of 205 new Fellows have joined the Academy in 2013!  This the highest enrolment number since 2003.

 

Year No. of New Fellows Year No. of New Fellows Year No. of New Fellows
2013

205

2008

105

2003 200
2012 125 2007 83 2002 66
2011 66 2006 77 2001 67
2010 77 2005 162 2000 83
2009 103 2004 112    

 

The Academy plans to support Fellows through the lifetime of your career and we aim to roll out more programmes to support the professional development of those choose to join and stay with the Academy.

 

E. Membership Survey on Proposed Academic Benefits

 

As an academic medical institution, we hope to provide more academic benefits to strengthen your effort in in CPD.

 

As of today, more than half of our Fellows are in the private sector.  We are of the opinion that access to online CME materials is likely to be limited for those in the private sector as compared to those in the public sector where institutions made the access easier. 

 

The Academy Council plans to purchase online resource and learning bundle where each Fellow will have individual access to clinical and educational materials covering many specialty subjects, evidence-based medicine, quality and safety, best practices, ethics, professionalism, drugs and therapeutics, medical informatics and case reports, etc.  The bundle also includes online CPD modules in text, video and audio format.  In addition, it comes with a clinical decision support tool on a mobile device (App on smart phone, iPad or tablet) where you can have offline access to more than 970 topics, allowing you to search for relevant information as and when you need them.

 

With group subscription, we are able to lower the cost per user access considerably.  More importantly, your annual subscription remains unchanged.  

 

We plan to run this one-year pilot project in the first quarter of 2014, but before we do so we wish to hear from more Fellows whether this initiative is relevant and important.  To-date, more than 275 Fellows have taken part in a 2-3 minute survey.   If you have not done so, please visit the survey website and give us your opinion before 9 January 2014.

 

In the coming months, I look forward to present to you a full review of the Academy in its Annual Report along with the Financial Statement for 2013. 

 

For now, the Academy Council joins me in wishing one and all a good year ahead!

 

Best wishes

 

Lim Shih Hui

Master (2012 - 2016)

Academy of Medicine, Singapore

 

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