Master of Medicine in Family Medicine

MMed(FM) College Programme

COURSE OVERVIEW & OBJECTIVES

The current 16-month programme will be extended to a 22-month enhanced programme. This extension will now allow more evenly-paced learning as well as a gradual build-up of intensity in the preparation for the MMed examinations.

The programme will now follow the calendar year with the next course commencing in January 2021 and ending in October 2022. There will be an annual enrolment with 2 classes running simultaneously. There will thus be no intake in July 2020

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The academic course itself is largely unchanged. It is designed for working doctors wishing to pursue further higher training in FM after their Graduate Diploma in FM (GDFM). The teaching sessions are conducted fortnightly in the evenings or Saturday afternoons, comprising tutorials, workshops, clinical bedside teaching, preceptorship and mock sessions with role play. These can be either centralised large group sessions or decentralised small group teaching with discussions and case based learning (see the table below). The log book of 40 cases examined during the viva examination and audit project are also unchanged.

 

 

Components

Remarks

1 Centralised large group teaching
  • Tutorials, Workshops, Clinical and Mock Sessions
  • At least 75% attendance required
2 Decentralised small group teaching
  • Discussions, Mock Sessions
  • At least 75% attendance required
3 Skills Courses
  • To improve competence in various clinical skills
  • To revise clinical and patient clerking skills
  • At least 75% attendance required
4 Self-directed learning
  • Learning through practice, homework assignments and on-line reading
  • Portfolio-based learning recorded in a logbook
  • The logbook forms part of the formative assessment
5 Written Work
  • 40 Cases - Submitted for the MMed(FM) examination
  • Audit Project - Assessed as part of the final formative assessment
6 Preceptorship Sessions
  • Observation of consultation by supervisors in the trainee's own practice setting
7 Practice audit
  • To assess the trainee's practice management standard
8 Clinic attachments
  • May be necessary to make for the shortfall in prior experience in some specialties
  • To be arranged personally by the trainees and recorded in the logbook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXAMINATION FORMAT

The examination is conducted by DGMS, NUS and the examination format for 2019 is:

Component

Format

 

Time

Part 1 (Written)

ABMS Paper MCQ 250 Questions 325 min
Part 2 (Clinical): Multi-Station Clinical Examination
Station 1:
Logbook-based viva assessment (40 cases)

 

Questions on 3 domains

Chronic
Acute
Preventive

30 min

 

Station 2:
Slides-based short answer questions
13 Questions 13 questions (3 min each + 1 min) 40 min
Station 3-14:
12 Clinical Skills Assessment Stations
12 Stations

10 Consultation Stations

 

2 Physical Examination Stations

20 min (x10)
*Includes 4-minutes reading time


10 min (x2)
*NO READING TIME

Total testing time (Clinical) 290 min

Fees are made payable to ‘National University of Singapore’ when applying for examinations.

ELIGIBILITY

Registration with SMC

To have full or conditional registration with the Singapore Medical Council (SMC)

Training

Have passed the Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine (GDFM) examination not more than 5 years prior to application

OR

Have attained MRCGP(UK)

Work Experience

At least six years of experience after graduation of which at least one year must be in a Family Medicine setting. Make up attachments may be required to make up for the shortfall in this experience.

Clinical Work during Training

The trainee will be required to sign an undertaking that he/she is in current practice of 24 clinical hours per week, of which 8 hours must be in an approved Family Medicine setting

Clinical Inspection & Interview

This may be conducted when required to assess the suitability of the practice and candidate for MMed(FM) training.

ENROLMENT
To enhance the learning efficiency of the programme and to maximise teaching quality, the course will have a limited capacity each year. There will continue to be a selection process with pre-entry screening and interview, including the submission of clinical case write-ups, submission of proposed audit project, written paper and clinical station.

 

COURSE FEE*
To be advised

 

REGISTRATION
Registration will open in September 2020.

To find out more, please contact College Secretariat at 6223 0606 or email: mmed@cfps.org.sg