New National Pharmacy Residency programmes
The Ministry of Health (MOH), in partnership with NUS’ Department of Pharmacy, launched the new National Pharmacy Residency programmes, which officially commenced in January 2016. The programmes were instituted to ensure sustainable training leading to the specialisation of pharmacists.
The locally-developed national post-graduate specialty residency programmes are accredited by the Pharmacy Specialists Accreditation Board (PSAB), according to local accreditation standards that were adapted from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) standards.
On 16 December, seven new Pharmacy Residents were welcomed into the National Pharmacy Residency Programmes during a Welcome Tea session organised by MOH at the College of Medicine Building. The session was opened by Prof Lita CHEW, Chief Pharmacist, Pharmacy, Office of the Director of Medical Services. She shared that the Pharmacy specialisation has come a long way – from the enforcement of the revised Pharmacy Registration Act in 2008, to the approval of pharmacy specialist training and accreditation framework in 2011, and the appointment of the Pharmacy Specialists Accreditation Board in 2012. The newly inducted residents met their Residency Programme Directors, Associate Programme Directors and Preceptors for a rewarding networking session.
Prof CHUI Wai Keung, then Head of the Department of Pharmacy, said, “It is with great pride and honour that the NUS Department of Pharmacy accepts the appointment by MOH to assist in the implementation of the new National Pharmacy Residency Programmes with the establishment of the Office of Residency Training (ORT) within the Department. This is indeed an extended role for the Department in leading the education and training of advanced practitioner pharmacists in Singapore.” The members of the ORT are Prof Alexandre CHAN, who will take on the role of Academic Advisor, as well as Mr Spencer TAN, who will manage the implementation of the programmes.
Prof Chui shared with the pharmacists and invited guests that ORT will work closely with MOH to implement and ensure the smooth running of the National Pharmacy Residency Programmes by assisting in matters such as monitoring the residents’ performance and progression, and organising the Preceptor Training Programmes and Annual Residency Conference.
The six accredited programmes are the National Pharmacy Residency Programme (PGY1), National Pharmacy Residency Programme in Cardiology (PGY2), National Pharmacy Residency Programme in Geriatrics (PGY2), National Pharmacy Residency Programme in Infectious Diseases (PGY2), National Pharmacy Residency Programme in Oncology (PGY2) and National Pharmacy Residency Programme in Psychiatry (PGY2).
The residents were selected through a rigorous process by the Pharmacy Residents Selection Committee, co-chaired by Dr Camilla WONG, Deputy Director, Allied Health, Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and Secretary of PSAB, and Prof Chui, with the support of the relevant Residency Programme Directors (RPDs) and a medical specialist. All applicants were interviewed by a panel and PGY2 applicants were required to make a presentation on patient care related topics prior to their interview.
The inaugural cohort of residents consist of Ms CHEW Yue Xin Cindy, Mr HO Choon Siang, Mr LEE Chee Ping, Ms TAN Weilin Rachel and Ms YAO Yao from National Pharmacy Residency Programme (PGY1); Ms CHANG Shu-wen Grace from National Pharmacy Residency Programme in Cardiology (PGY2); and Ms CHEONG Tingting, Selina from National Pharmacy Residency Programme in Geriatrics (PGY2).
With the residency programmes in place, the Department of Pharmacy hopes that the clinical skills of future pharmacists will achieve a higher level of competency, to provide better pharmaceutical care to patients.
From left to right: Mr LEE Chee Ping, Ms CHEW Yue Xin Cindy, Ms TAN Weilin Rachel, Ms CHEONG Tingting Selina, Ms CHANG Shu-wen Grace
From left to right: Then Head of Pharmacy Prof CHUI Wai Keung; Prof Alexandre CHAN, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy; Mr Benjamin TAN, Assistant Director, Training Development & Standards Branch, Manpower Standards & Development Division, Ministry of Health; Pharmacy residents Mr LEE Chee Ping, Ms CHEW Yue Xin Cindy, Ms TAN Weilin Rachel, Ms CHEONG Tingting Selina and Ms CHANG Shu-wen Grace; Ms LIM Hui Leng, Senior Manager, Training Development & Standards Branch, Manpower Standards & Development Division, Ministry of Health; Prof Lita CHEW, Chief Pharmacist, Pharmacy, Office of the Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health; and Mr Spencer TAN, Manager, Department of Pharmacy