August 2018 | Issue 37
LKCMedicine welcomes the first Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine cohort

​LKCMedicine has launched a brand-new Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine (GDSM), the first of its kind in Singapore and Asia. A collaboration between LKCMedicine and Changi General Hospital’s (CGH) Sports Medicine Centre, the part-time one-year programme that started on 31 July 2018 is set to broaden treatment of musculoskeletal and sports-related injuries in a population which is not only ageing but also staying active for longer.

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A/Prof Fabian Lim (third from right, front row) with the first GDSM class

With a focus on sports medicine an therapy, students will learn how exercise affects people of different age
groups and occupations, including children, pregnant athletes, military personnel and also the elderly. Besides injury management and prevention, the programme is tailored to primary care doctors and specialists looking to enhance their knowledge in sports nutrition, biomechanics and physiology. Students will also be educated to manage exercise prescriptions for the elderly and patients with chronic illnesses, such as cardiorespiratory conditions, diabetes and hypertension.

Attracting many local and international medical practitioners and clinicians, the course was oversubscribed for its inaugural cohort capacity of 20 students. Medical practitioners with expertise in a wide array of health areas have been accepted into the programme. Among those joining the first cohort is Dr Jong Sze Chin, a senior resident in rehabilitation medicine. Dr Jong chose to pursue GDSM because she believes the programme will enhance her clinical and medical knowledge, in order to better manage the sports injuries of Paralympic swimmers.

Leveraging on CGH’s expertise in sports medicine, the course is conducted at LKCMedicine’s Clinical Sciences Building. Leading the graduate diploma is Programme Director, LKCMedicine Associate Professor Fabian Lim, Assistant Dean for Research and Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology, and Course Director (Clinical), CGH Adjunct Associate Professor Roger Tian, a senior consultant of Sports Medicine.

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A/Prof Fabian Lim welcomed the class and introduced programme

Assoc Prof Fabian Lim believes the programme will benefit more than just the students. In fact, its benefits will extend to the patients whom they care for. “Sports medicine is important not just for treating injuries in athletes, but also in the prevention and management of age-related chronic diseases and the elderly who are prone to musculoskeletal injuries,” he said.

“Furthermore, there is increasin evidence regarding the role of physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, coronary heart disease and diabetes. The skills imparted will enable doctors to use exercise as a tool in the battle against these diseases with confidence,” Assoc Prof Tian added.

Given Singapore’s ageing population, musculoskeletal injuries are set to rise, and demand for expertise in sports medicine will surely increase as well. The timely launch of the graduate diploma will train general practitioners and family medicine physicians so that they can provide more targeted care to patients in the heartlands. Assoc Prof Lim said, “The GDSM equips general practitioners and family medicine physicians with knowledge and skills to care better for their patients, and puts Singapore in the global exercise medicine initiative to transform healthcare,” he said.