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The MSKSC ACP Education Group will develop the cluster education strategy and set the overarching plans for programmes and initiatives across the various SingHealth insitutions and departments.

  • To establish SingHealth Orthopaedic, PRAS and Hand Surgery Residency programmes as the programme of choice for surgical trainees.
  • To improve surgical skills training for faculty and trainees under the MSKSC disciplines.
  • To engage in cluster-wide collaborations for faculty and trainees as well as other allied health and nursing professionals supporting the musculoskeletal disciplines through integrated training initiatives.
  • To develop international talent through the establishment of integrated, cross-disciplinary musculoskeletal fellowship programmes.
  • To equip educators with the necessary teaching pedagogy to encourage the development of an educational culture across MSKSC ACP. 

AM•EI will be a key partner in this regard. MSKSC ACP will avail AM•EI’s programmes to build up and enhance the effectiveness of our clinician educators.

Education Structure



The MSKSC ACP Education group will develop a cluster-wide strategy focused on the following sub-pillars of education:

Undergraduate Education

  • To develop a centralized approach to consolidate, standardize and periodically evaluate the broad-based teaching initiatives for training targeted at undergraduate students from NUS YLL, Duke-NUS and other local or foreign medical students.
  • To actively engage undergraduate local and foreign students through practical and insightful teaching sessions, so as to develop their interest in joining musculoskeletal disciplines.

Graduate Education

  • To offer quality, integrated educational programmes, activities and events for graduate students to expand their medical knowledge and hone their surgical skills, in tandem with their clinical exposure.

Residency Education

  • To establish SingHealth Orthopaedics, Plastics and Hand Surgery Residency Programmes as the Programme of Choice for surgical trainees interested in these musculoskeletal disciplines, with an aim to attract and nurture top medical talent.

Faculty & Professional Development

  • To groom and equip the residency faculty and clinician educators with the proper pedagogy for teaching, through investment in continuing medical education so to enhance their surgical knowledge and skills.
  • To identify relevant core competences for faculty, trainees and other medical professionals based on a Competency Framework, to ensure a continuous upgrading of skills and development. The MSKSC ACP Education Office will look into harnessing funding for training, development and continuing medical education purposes.
  • To develop and enhance local / international Integrated Fellowships and Health Manpower Development Plans (“HMDP”) across the MSKSC ACP disciplines, so as to attract talent and establish SingHealth Duke-NUS AMC’s reputation as an academic centre.

Surgical Skills Development

The MSKSC ACP Education Cadaveric Programme aims to improve the quality of MSKSC resident teaching by focusing on surgical approaches and techniques for specific procedures, through joint cadaveric courses staggered throughout the trainees’ Residency Programmes.

Musculoskeletal Surgical Skills Workshops will centre on an integrated surgical skills development experience for faculty and trainees, such as through hands-on cadaveric practical activities. Cadaveric specimens are useful for research purposes and is also critical for surgical development as used by the various disciplines in the following ways:

  • Ortho, PRAS and Hand can plan the surgical access.
  • PRAS can raise the potential flap.
  • Ortho and Hand can perform the fixation and tendon work.
  • PRAS can conduct the flap coverage.

Some workshops that are being organised include:

  1. AM-ETHOS Musculoskeletal Surgical Simulation Curriculum
  2. Pre-WRSM Microsurgery, Robotics and Cadaveric Perforator Flap Course

Integrated Programmes

Integrated educational initiatives focusing on academic teaching rounds and clinical observational learning will capitalise on the multidisciplinary expertise available in the respective clinical departments. These aim to provide a strong surgical skills foundation for trainees and for knowledge expansion for all medical professionals alike, including allied health and nursing.

Examples includes co-organisation of the SingHealth Duke-NUS SingHealth Surgical & Anaesthetic Congress in 2017, as well as Musculoskeletal Academic Grand Rounds that aim to foster collaboration in research and in clinical practice. The Musculoskeletal Grand Rounds are held on a quarterly periodic basis to encourage multidisciplinary discussion and academic medicine activities.

Integrated webcast of live surgeries involving the various disciplines are streamed to offer trainees with a rounded perspective of current surgical techniques and know-how.

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