Fellowship Programme (FCFPS)

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The Fellowship [FCFP(S)] by assessment programme is an advanced 24-month family medicine training programme that is offered to doctors who have successfully completed basic structured family medicine training in an approved training programme, namely the Master of Medicine (Family Medicine) [MMed(FM)] at the National University of Singapore or its equivalent.  

The structured Fellowship programme serves to enhance and complement the trainee’s own sphere of clinical experience and practice. It consists of didactic lectures, small group discussion and presentations, workshops and seminars, direct supervision and self-directed learning.

Aims
The Fellowship programme by assessment is a structured programme with the following aims:

  • Provide structured advanced directed and self-initiated learning
  • Provide supervision and mentorship for the advanced clinical practice of family/community medicine 
  • Provide a framework for the education and research in the practice of family medicine

On completion of the programme, the advanced trainee will be able to function as a consultant in the following essential roles of a family physician:

  1. Family Medicine Expert
  2. Communicator
  3. Collaborator
  4. Manager
  5. Health advocate
  6. Scholar
  7. Professional

 

ELIGIBILITY
The trainee must fulfil the following entry requirements:

1) Professional

Collegiate membership of the College of Family Physicians Singapore

2) Academic

Route 1
Possess the MMed (Family Medicine), the MCGP (Singapore) or equivalent qualification

OR

Route 2
Possess MMed (Internal Medicine) or MRCP (UK) or equivalent internal medicine training, and GDFM with at least 6 months experience working in a family medicine practice setting of which at least 3 months must be in primary care within the last 3 years

OR

Route 3
Possess MRCGP(UK) or equivalent overseas family medicine training and GDFM

Trainees going through Route 2 and Route 3 may enrol into the Fellowship programme during their final year of GDFM programme. They must obtain their GDFM certificate and must attain the award of Collegiate Membership by Assessment before they are qualified for the Fellowship Summative Assessment.

3) Clinical Practice

Currently in active clinical practice i.e. 24 clinical hours per week, of which 8 hours must be in a family medicine setting as defined by the College Constitution.

a) Ambulatory care in the community
b) Intermediate care in the community hospitals and rehabilitation centres
c) Long term care in the nursing homes, residential care and home based care
d) Hospice and home based end-stage diseases care
e) Interface care which is care within acute hospitals in the interface with the other settings

4) Letter of Good Standing

Submit a letter of good standing from a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians Singapore together with the application form.

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS
The trainee must fulfil the following exit requirements:

1) Satisfactory completion of all training requirements (see table 1) with minimum 75% attendance in all the tutorials for every 6-month session.
2) Collegiate Membership of the College of Family Physicians Singapore. Those without the Collegiate Membership may enter the training programme but will not be allowed to sit for the Summative Assessment without fulfilling this criterion.
3) Maximum 4 months leave (inclusive of maternity leave, in-camp training, hospitalisation leave, leave of absence etc) for the 2-year FCFP(S) programme. Apart from maternity leave, in-camp training and hospitalisation leave, all extended leave more than a month will require approval on a case-by-case basis from the Program Director and the Censors Board. If the trainee needs to take additional maternity leave, it will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
4) Must successfully complete all formative clinical assessments
5) 40 teaching hours during the 2 year Fellowship program in a medical national programme (undergraduate medical teaching in NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine / Duke-NUS / NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine or post-graduate teaching in GDFM or MMed(FM) programmes). This includes the FM Residency Programme, MMed(FM) College Route and any other programmes leading to MMed(FM) training.
6) Must apply and sit for the Summative Assessment after completing the Fellowship training programme and not later than 4 years from the year of enrolment into the programme. If the trainee does not successfully pass the Summative Assessment by then, he/she is expected to re-apply and restart the FCFP(S) programme.

 

COMPONENTS
There are three core modules to be completed in 24 months:

  • Clinical practice (CP) case studies and topic reviews that reinforce the roles of Family Medicine expert, communicator, collaborator, manager, health advocate, and professional leader.
  • Scholarly activities (SA) consisting of medical writing, evidence based review or case reporting, and original research.
  • Medical pedagogy (MP) consisting of teaching, giving and receiving feedback, and planning, delivering, and evaluating learning activities.

Components and Timing of Completion 
The Fellowship Programme training structure consists of three modules and the timing of completion is shown in Table 1.

Clinical Work
It is expected that the advanced trainee will be engaged in active clinical practice, > / = 24 hours/week, of which 8 hours must be in one or more of the following College accredited clinical settings:

a)    Ambulatory care in the community
b)    Intermediate care in the community hospitals and rehabilitation centres
c)    Long term care in the nursing homes, residential care and home based care
d)    Hospice and home based end-stage diseases care
e)    Interface care which is care within acute hospitals in the interface with the other settings

TABLE 1: COMPONENTS OF MODULES, TIMING OF COMPLETION AND ASSESSMENTS

S/N

     MODULES & COMPONENTS

Year 1
Q1-Q2

Year 1
Q3-Q4

Year 2
Q1-Q2

Year 2
Q3-Q4

A

CLINICAL PRACTICE CASE STUDIES (CP)

  • Case studies (Required: 7)

 


2

 


3

 


2

 


-

B

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES (SA)

  • Research skills workshops (8)

 

Eight workshops (B3-1 to B3-8)

  • Organise and attend a minimum 20 hours’ worth of workshop time (Full attendance is expected)

 

  • Literature Review
 

 

  • Research Project (Required: 1)


0


0


0


1

C

 

MEDICAL PEDAGOGY (MP)

  • MMed/GDFM/FM Residents/Medical Students

 

  • National Family Medicine (FM) Event

  • Development of MMed (FM) course materials and assessment tools

 

  •  Minimum 10 teaching activities (including chairing of GDFM workshop/s)
  • Minimum 40 hours of teaching in a medical national programme
  • Organise and attend a Medical Pedagogy skills workshop
  • Minimum 20 hours of attachment to Institute of Family Medicine (IFM)
    (Full attendance is expected)

D

 

ASSESSMENT (6 monthly)

Year 1
Q1-Q2

06 m

Year 1
Q3-Q4

12 m

Year 2
Q1-Q2

18 m

Year 2
Q3-Q4

22 m

  • Formative Interview With Supervisor


1


1


1


1

  • Clinical Examination on Patient Care


-


1


-


-

  • Summative assessment by Censors’ Board appointed examiners.

At the end of training programme

Programme Fees

The fee for the FM Fellowship Programme is S$6,845.53 (inclusive of 7% GST & a non-refundable registration fee of S$2140.00) for the two years.

Exclusion of Fees

Programme fee does not include fees for examinations, skills courses, entrance and initiation fees.

Refund Policies

  • As the training positions are limited, only shortlisted candidates will be invited for a selection interview. Unsuccessful candidates will be given a full refund of the fees less non-refundable administrative fee of S$160.50.
  • CFPS will charge applicant a non-refundable registration fee of S$2140.00 (inclusive of 7% GST) if the request for withdrawal from the course is made in writing by 28 July 2017.
  • Strictly no refund of fees on or after 29 July 2017.

Logbook

  • Trainees are to keep proper and updated records on their logbooks.
  • The Fellowship trainee will submit the log book to his/her Mentor for review once every six months. Failure of satisfactory progress may result in extension or termination of the Fellowship Programme.

Examination

To sit for the Summative Examination, trainees will be required to submit the exam application form for the Examination to the College.

Entrance and Initiation Fees

On successful completion of the training programme and exit assessment, the Fellowship trainee is required to pay the prevailing FCFP(S) entrance fee (S$535.00; inclusive of 7% GST) and initiation fee (S$1,297.17; inclusive of 7% GST).

Deferment & Re-Joining Fees

  • Trainees requesting for deferment from the programme will have to write in officially to the Censor-in-Chief, Programme Director and their Supervisors. The Censors Board will make a decision based on the recommendation from the trainers.
  • Trainees who re-join the Fellowship Programme after deferment would be required to pay a re-joining fee (S$1337.50; inclusive of 7% GST).

Registration Period

Registration for FCFP(S) will begin on 7 April 2017 and end on 12 May 2017.