The Training & Education (T&E) Department was formally established on 1 January 2000 to coordinate medical, nursing and allied health ophthalmic training in SNEC. Medical ophthalmic training spans the entire continuum from undergraduate through residency and later fellowship training.
Education is one of three pillars in SNEC. The launch of the Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Academic Clinical Programme in Ophthalmology (EYE ACP) has further strengthened our education programmes. Beyond teaching, we look to focus on education research and faculty development. The department works closely with Academic Medicine Education Institute (AMEI) to share educational best practices and provide faculty with opportunities to learn new pedagogies that benefit both learners and teachers.
One of the department’s primary aims is to centralise and coordinate all undergraduate and postgraduate ophthalmic medical training in SNEC as well as to provide continuing medical education for ophthalmologists and clinicians in general.
The department coordinates all teaching activities involving SNEC, e.g. CME lectures, subspecialty courses, workshops for general practitioners, joint meetings with overseas institutions,
nursing and paramedical training courses.
Nursing and Allied Health training programmes such as Ophthalmic Assistant (OA) and Ophthalmic Technician (OT) courses were awarded the JACAPO accreditation for excellence. Attendees to these courses are awarded a joint certificate with Duke-NUS for their training. Recently, SNEC has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with IJCAHPO to be the regional examination and certification centre.
SNEC strives to enhance the Allied Ophthalmic personnel (AOP) education and enable the development of AOPs in the region. We have developed a postgraduate nursing programme for ophthalmic nurses in partnership with Curtin University, Australia. We also provide short courses to equip healthcare assistants in nursing homes and day care centres with basic eye care management skills training in partnership with Agency of Integrated care (AIC). With increasing healthcare demand, we need to enhance team-based care. We are working to promote inter-professional education (IPE) and upskill our nursing and allied health workforce through various competency-based training programmes.
(Front row, from left to right): Dr Chan Tat Keong, Adj Assoc Prof Lee Shu Yen, Dr Ti Seng Ei, Dr Sonal Farzavandi, Assoc Prof Audrey Chia, Assoc Prof Ian Yeo, Prof Wong Tien Yin, Adj Assoc Prof Sharon Tow,Dr Loo Jing Liang, Prof Chee Soon Phaik
(Back row, from left to right): Dr Livia Teo, Dr Ranjana Mathur, Dr Khor Wei Boon, Dr Allan Fong, Dr Mohamad Rosman, Adj Assoc Prof Rahat Husain, Assoc Prof Shamira Perera, Adj Assoc Prof Quah Boon Long, Dr Sunny Shen, Dr Anita Chan, Dr Jean Chai, Dr Boey Pui Yi
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