Currently, sports medicine services are only available at select specialist clinics in public hospitals and private clinics. However, the scope of sports medicine practice has expanded beyond sports-related injuries to include prevention of common chronic diseases and treatment of general musculoskeletal injuries, which are particularly common in older people.
With this growing scope, coupled with the number of senior citizens in Singapore expected to climb to 900,000 by 2030, the demand for sports medicine services is set to rise exponentially. This creates an urgent need to develop another tier of sports medicine caregiver who are based in the heartland communities. Being readily accessible to the public, medical practitioners with this knowledge and skillset will play a leading role in the prevention of injuries and chronic disease as well as the management of minor injuries and prompt referral of complex cases to sports medicine specialists.
The GDSM programme, aimed primarily at medical doctors registered with the Singapore Medical Council (SMC), will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to confidently perform pre-participation screening for sport and exercise, manage general and sports-related musculoskeletal injuries in the primary care setting, and provide medical support for sports programmes and events, among others.
Endorsed by the SMC, graduates of the diploma can display the qualification in their clinics to attest to the additional skills they possess. 50 CME points (non-core points will be awarded for non-Sports Medicine specialists) will be awarded to SMC-registered doctors upon successful completion of the programme.
- GDSM is the first graduate Sports Medicine programme in Singapore.
- Be equipped with the knowledge and skills to confidently perform pre-participation screening for sports and exercise, manage general and sports-related musculoskeletal injuries in the primary care setting, and provide medical support for sports programmes and events.
- Scope of sports medicine practice includes prevention of common chronic diseases and treatment of general musculoskeletal injuries common in older people, which is most relevant for an ageing population.
- Juggle full-time clinical work with this flexible one-year part-time programme featuring blended learning including online lectures, practical workshops, and clinical attachment.
- Syllabus and programme are reviewed by Professor Peter Brukner, world renowned Sports Medicine physician and co-author of “Clinical Sports Medicine”
- The GDSM programme is taught by Sports Medicine Specialists, Senior Physiotherapists and Sport Scientists.
- Endorsed by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC), 50 CME points (non-core points for non-Sports Medicine specialist) will be awarded to SMC-registered doctors upon successful completion.
- Opportunities to learn and network with fellow healthcare professionals
- Developed by Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University (ranked 13th in the world in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and 2nd in Asia in the 2020 QS World University Rankings) in partnership with Changi General Hospital
- Up to $1,500 SkillsFuture credit available for Singapore citizens to subsidise tuition fees
"While sports medicine has its roots in caring for athletes, it can also play important roles in chronic disease prevention and management, and in caring for the elderly who are prone to musculoskeletal injuries.
Equipping general practitioners and family medicine physicians with this additional knowledge and skillset brings care to the heartlands, so that injuries can be prevented and managed at the primary care level, and more complicated cases can be promptly referred to the specialist clinics."
A/Prof Fabian Lim
Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology
Programme Director, GDSM
"Prior to this, such courses were only available in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine will provide doctors interested in sports and exercise medicine with an accessible and professionally
recognised training programme that will benefit both their practice and patients.
Furthermore, there is increasing evidence regarding the role of physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, coronary heart disease and diabetes. The skills imparted will enable doctors to use exercise as a tool in the battle against these diseases with confidence.”
Adjunct A/Prof Roger Tian
Senior Consultant, Singapore Sport & Medicine Centre @ Changi General Hospital
Course Director (Clinical), GDSM
"Sports injuries see better outcomes when given prompt attention, and that is why primary care doctors need to be better equipped to manage these injuries."
Adjunct A/Prof Benedict Tan
Chief of Sport & Exercise Medicine, Singapore Sport & Medicine Centre @ Changi General Hospital
Chairman, GDSM Advisory Committee
- General Practitioners with at least six years post-Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery qualification or equivalent; or
- Family Medicine Physicians and other SMC-registered Specialists; or
- General Practitioners with a Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine (GDFM); and
- Hold a primary medical qualification endorsed by the Singapore Medical Council.
Other Requirements (if applicable)
Applicants whose MBBS qualification is not from a local autonomous university are required to furnish evidence of proficiency in English language if the medium of instruction is not English.
Are you practicing in a sports and exercise medicine-related environment and/or are sports-related injuries a major part of your current practice? Please elaborate for each response as appropriate.
1 January 2021 to 30 April 2021
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The GDSM curriculum combines online lectures and workshops to cater to the needs of medical doctors, who must maintain operation of their clinics concurrently. The ratio of online (72 hours) to contact-hours (53 hours), therefore, balances competency development with flexibility for participants. To complement the online mode of teaching, students will also have access to consultation-sessions with the respective facilitator for each module.
The practical components of the programme comprise workshops held at LKCMedicine’s Novena campus on weekends and clinical / field attachments. Clinical attachments will be offered at participating Sports Medicine clinics.
Students will be attached to sports medicine departments at participating sports medicine clinics to observe sports medicine clinicians practising on actual cases. Where possible, and if there are suitable ongoing sporting events, the clinical attachment will also include medical cover of sporting events.
Assessments & Examination
Period Of Study
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(for practical components of programme)
Tuition Fee for AY2020-2021
S$5,400 (excludes GST, all course materials and books)
Student Services Fee
S$253.70 (includes GST, for two semesters)
- All fees are subject to changes without prior notice.
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