4 September 2013 marked a momentous occasion for Singapore’s healthcare scene with the launch of the Family Medicine Academy at Bukit Batok Polyclinic. The Academy will train medical undergraduates and doctors in Family Medicine to better meet the healthcare needs of Singapore’s growing and ageing population. The Guest-of-Honour for the opening was Mrs Tan Ching Yee, Permanent Secretary for Health.
Jointly set up by National Healthcare Group (NHG), National Healthcare Group Polyclinics (NHGP), and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) with support from the Ministry of Health, the Academy is equipped with a Clinical Skills Laboratory which will enable students to gain practical skills in primary care procedures, and specially designed Consultation Rooms where students will get to observe lecturers, learn and practice their clinical examination skills on site.
“The Family Medicine Academy is another milestone, not just in our review of medical education, but also in signalling our seriousness in wanting to develop a strong primary care sector with the best doctors who have a deep appreciation of Family Medicine,” said Mrs Tan.
Executive Vice-Dean Professor Lionel Lee said, “By teaching here at Bukit Batok and the other polyclinics, we are bringing our students closer to patients, their circumstances and environment. Students will experience medical care that is personal, continuing and comprehensive for all patients, regardless of age, gender, culture and background.”