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Track Programme

Block 1: Brave New World of Healthcare
Opening Ceremony + Keynote + Panel Discussion

Topic 1 : Welcome Address

(0900 - 0910)

Topic 2 : Keynote Lecture: Community, Family & Health

(0910 - 0930)

Topic 3 : Panel Discussion: Reinventing the Continuum of Healthcare

(0930 - 1015)
Brave New World of Healthcare: Plenary + Panel Discussion

Topic 1 : Plenary: Health of Our Nation

(1100 - 1130)
Speaker :
Dr Derrick Heng , Deputy Director of Medical Services (Public Health Group), Ministry of Health

Topic 2 : Panel Discussion: Incentivising Health / Preventive Care

(1130 -1215)
Panellist :
A/Prof Lim Jeremy , Director, LIGHT, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, NUS
Mr Zee Yoong Kang , CEO, Health Promotion Board
Dr Alan Ong , Medical Director, AIA Singapore
Dr Joanne Yoong , Senior Economist and Director, University of Southern California; Founder and CEO, Research for Impact Singapore
Block 2: What We Learnt from Covid-19?
Track 2A: NCID: Are We There Yet?

TRACK SYNOPSIS

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Track Lead :
Prof Leo Yee Sin , Executive Director, Senior Consultant,National Centre for Infectious Diseases

Topic 1 : COVID-19 Challenges

(1300 – 1320)
Speaker :
Prof Leo Yee Sin , Executive Director, Senior Consultant, National Centre for Infectious Diseases
  • Elusive Virus
  • Clinical Features
  • Health System Response

Topic 2 : Epidemiology And Impact Of COVID-19 - Where We Are Now and Where We Will Be

(1320 – 1340)
Speaker :
Prof Vernon Lee , Director, Communicable Diseases Division, Ministry of Health
  • Epidemiology and impact of COVID-19
  • Current control measures in Singapore and it’s effectiveness
  • Future plans to live with COVID-19

Topic 3 : How Modelling Guides Policy

(1340 – 1400)
Speaker :
A/Prof Alex Cook , Associate Professor, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
  • Modelling
  • Infectious disease epidemics
  • Policy making

Topic 4 : Q&A (Track 2A)

(1400 – 1415)
TRACK 2B: Responding to Surge in COVID-19 Cases in Singapore at the Height of the Pandemic

TRACK SYNOPSIS

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Track 2C: How Science and Research Impacted Policy and Practice in the Pandemic

TRACK SYNOPSIS

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Topic 1 : Research

(1300 – 1320)
Speaker :
Dr Barnaby Young , Head, Infectious Disease Research Ward; Consultant, National Centre for Infectious Diseases

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Topic 2 : Evolving Serological Platforms in Responding to COVID-19: From LIPS to sVNT/cPass

(1320 – 1340)
Speaker :
Prof Linfa Wang , Professor, Programme in Emerging Infectious Disease, Duke-NUS Medical School

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Topic 3 : Mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 Pathogenesis

(1340 – 1400)
Speaker :
Prof Lisa F.P. Ng , Executive Director, A*STAR Infectious Diseases Labs (A* ID Labs)
  • Infection
  • Immunity
  • Therapies

Topic 4 : Q&A (Track 2B)

(1400 – 1415)
Track 2D: Communicating a Pandemic in the Age of Social Media

TRACK SYNOPSIS

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Track Lead :
Dr Mark Chen , Consultant, National Public Health and Epidemiology Unit, National Centre for Infectious Diseases

Topic 1 : Real-Time Monitoring of Public Perceptions In Singapore’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

(1300 – 1320)
Speaker :
Dr Mark Chen , Consultant, National Public Health and Epidemiology Unit, National Centre for Infectious Diseases
  • In responding to pandemics, policy makers must make difficult choices which require the public’s support and understanding
  • Regular sensing of the population’s behaviour and response to health messaging can help ensure interventions are being supported
  • It can also detect unintended consequences of control measures that may necessitate adjustments to existing interventions
What We Learnt from COVID-19? : Plenary + Panel Discussion

Topic 1 : Plenary

(1445 - 1515)
Speaker :
Prof Tan Chorh Chuan , Chief Health Scientist, Ministry of Health Executive Director, MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation

Topic 2 : Panel Discussion: New Models of Partnership in a Post-Covid World

(1515 - 1600)
Moderator :
A/Prof David Lye , Director, Infectious Diseases Research and Training Office (IDRTO), National Centre for Infectious Diseases; Senior Consultant, Department of Infectious Diseases, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Panellist :
Prof Leo Yee Sin , Executive Director, Senior Consultant, National Centre for Infectious Diseases
Prof Peter Piot , Professor of Global Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Distinguished Visiting Professor in Medicine, National University of Singapore
Dr Richard Hatchett , Chief Executive Officer, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) ,
Dr Soumya Swaminathan Yadav , Chief Scientist, World Health Organization
Block 3: Education
Showcase on Technological Tools in Education

TRACK SYNOPSIS

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Block 4: Stratifying Health Care
Track 4A: Improving Surgical Outcomes: Journeys from Isolation to Collaboration

TRACK SYNOPSIS

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Track Lead :
A/Prof Surendra Mantoo , Senior Consultant, Department of General Surgery, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Topic 1 : Improving Surgical Outcomes in Geriatric Patients Through Collaboration: A Continuing Journey of More Than 10 Years

(1045 – 1105)
Speaker :
A/Prof Tan Kok Yang , Head; Senior Consultant, Department of General Surgery, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Key principles of geriatric surgical care
  • Our journey over 10 years
  • The way forward

Topic 2 : Improving Surgical Outcomes in Total Knee Replacement Surgery Through Collaboration: Start of A New Journey

(1105 – 1125)
Speaker :
Dr Alvin Tan , Consultant, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Topic 3 : Going Beyond Evidence Based Protocols: What Is The Key To Success In Perioperative Recovery Programs?

(1125 – 1145)
Speaker :
Dr How Kwang Yeong , Senior Consultant, Department of General Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Success of perioperative recovery programs goes beyond evidence-based protocols.
  • Stakeholders need to be engaged at all levels.
  • Partnerships between stakeholders are key.

Topic 4 : Q&A (Track 4C)

(1145 – 1200)
Track 4B: Appreciating Multimorbidity: A Game Changer for Primary Care

TRACK SYNOPSIS

Multimorbidity is an increasing phenomenon primary care clinicians face with daily in their consultations with patients. In the primary care setting, Family Physicians manage patients holistically, providing care that boundary spans across organ systems. In doing so, considerations of multiple chronic conditions often arise and affect treatment options and goals. We intend to showcase both the broad strategies of understanding the care implications of multimorbidity as well as the current term initiatives in locally performed research that will distil crucial knowledge to build a future care system that will provide better care for such patients.

Track Lead :
Dr Darren Seah , Senior Consultant Family Physician; Director, Family Medicine Development, National Healthcare Group Polyclinics

Topic 1 : Multimorbidity: The Road Thus Far In Singapore

(1045 – 1105)
Speaker :
Dr Lee Eng Sing , Senior Consultant Family Physician, National Healthcare Group Polyclinics

Topic 2 : Minimally Disruptive Medicine for Patients with Multimorbidity in the Real World Setting

(1105 – 1125)
Speaker :
Professor Frances Mair , Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
  • Multimorbidity
  • Treatment Burden
  • Concepts underpinning Minimally Disruptive Medicine

Topic 3 : Use Of Clinical Practice Guidelines In Patients With Multimorbidity: A Provider Perspective

(1125 – 1145)
Speaker :
Dr Sim Sai Zhen National Healthcare Group Polyclinics

Topic 4 : Q&A (Track 4A)

(1145 – 1200)
Track 4C: Metabolic Health & Diabetic Management

TRACK SYNOPSIS

With the declaration of war on diabetes by Ministry of Health – there has been a concerted effort across NHG to prevent our existing diabetic patients from developing complications; but also in keeping the onset of diabetes at bay among our population.

In line with the NHG River-of-Life’s (RoL’s) Care Segments, and with the NHG DM Steering Committee’s (DMSC) work straddling “Living with Illness & Living Well”, this track will focus on sharing of the Diabetes, Hypertension and dyslipidaemia (DHL) strategy and measurement, and the ongoing efforts of DMSC & its workgroups to achieve the goal of “Creating a healthier Singapore population free from the burden of diabetes and conditions related to the metabolic syndrome.”

Track Lead :
A/Prof Lim Su Chi , Senior Consultant, Diabetes Centre, Admiralty Medical Centre

Topic 1 : Introduction of Diabetes, Hypertension and dysLipidemia (DHL) Strategy and Measurement

(1045 – 1055)
Speaker :
Adj A/Prof Daniel Chew , Assistant Chairman Medical Board (Medical Manpower Development), Senior Consultant, Department of Endocrinology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital; Chairperson, DM Steering Committee, National Healthcare Group

Topic 2 : One DM Care Mdel through Standardising and Harmonising DM Education for Patients and Training for HCPs

(1055 – 1105)
Speaker :
A/Prof Michelle Jong , Group Chief Education Officer, National Healthcare Group Assistant Chairman Medical Board (Education), Senior Consultant, Department of Endocrinology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Dr Hoi Wai Han , Senior Consultant & Head, Medical Services, Department of Endocrinology, Woodlands Health Campus
  1. Education is not a panacea for the failure to achieve health outcomes desired
  2. This session will showcase 2 projects in Diabetes, i.e. (1) Diabetes School and (2) NHG e-Learning Curriculum for Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) Project
  3. Where Education is headed in the next few years

Topic 3 : Weight Management Across Care Continuum

(1105 – 1120)
Speaker :
Dr Donna Tan , Family Physician-Associate Consultant & Assistant Director, Clinical Services, National Healthcare Polyclinics
  • This session will showcase the main programmes and evaluation from the Tiered Weight Management (TWM) & War on Diabetes – Community Intervention Programmes (WOD-CIP) workgroups.
  • TWM: Tiered weight management across the care continuum
  • WOD-CIP: Holistic wellness and weight management programmes in the well/at-risk population

Topic 4 : Improving Diabetes Care in the Population with Augmented Glucose Monitoring

(1120 – 1135)
Speaker :
Dr Serena Low , Consultant, Clinical Research Unit, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • This session will showcase interim results from the Augmented Glucose Monitoring Programme, a community based diabetes care intervention in the North
  • The programme, spearheaded by the Yishun-Health Population Health & Community Transformation and Clinical Research Unit teams, aims to improve diabetes care in the community through the development and use of a self-management toolkit and to leverage upon community resources.
  • The toolkit contains self-management technologies, including continuous glucose monitoring by the Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring system, customised food diaries and educational materials designed to increase understanding of condition and to promote lifestyle changes

Topic 5 : Diabetic Foot in Primary and Tertiary (DEFINITE) Care

(1135 – 1150)
Speaker :
Dr Sadhana Chandrasekar , Senior Consultant, Department of General Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • This session will showcase what has been done at NHG to improve diabetic foot care and DEFINITE primary and tertiary collaboration in diabetic foot care.
  • The DEFINITE Care Project aims to coordinate primary and tertiary care for patients with diabetic foot ulcers to prevent amputations and decrease the economic and disease burden within NHG.

Topic 6 : Q&A (Track 4B)

(1150 – 1200)
Stratifying Health Care : PLENARY + PANEL DISCUSSION

Plenary Synopsis

In the past two decades, rapid advances in biomedical science and information technology have put clinical medicine on a cross-road. Our understanding of disease classification and pathophysiological mechanisms is re-written by whole-genome sequencing, epigenetic and meta-genomic analysis.

On the other, expansion of computer memories, speed and analysis, invention of smart phone and internet of things have changed every aspect of our life including healthcare. Genomic data, clinical presentations, diagnostic images and scientific research can be integrated to produce the best patient-centred management protocol.

Before precision medicine can be implemented into daily clinical practice, trust between machine, algorithm, genomics data and patients-physicians-healthcare provider need to be built. Ethical, social and legal issues of data-driven and artificial intelligence guided machine need to be resolved. Cost-effectiveness of Precision Medicine needs to be demonstrated by testing the new diagnostic and treatment modalities can be translated into better outcome at an affordable price. Medical education needs to be reformed and clinical training should include how to work with.

  • Technology and development of biomedical sciences have made personalized care of medical condition a reality
  • Proof of improved clinical outcome and cost-effectiveness is yet to be confirmed.
  • Trust on machine learning in making life-and-death decision is still weak and algorithm needs to be tested in different ethnic groups and different jurisdiction.
  • Ethical, social and legal issues of data-driven and artificial intelligence is unclear and, in many areas undefined.

Topic 1 : Plenary: Precision Medicine in 2021: Opportunities and Challenges

(0900 - 0930)
Speaker :
Prof Joseph Sung , Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine Senior Vice President (Health and Life Sciences), Nanyang Technological University

Topic 2 : Panel Discussion: Stratifying Patients for Better Outcomes

(0930 - 1015)
Speaker :
Prof Joseph Sung , Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine Senior Vice President (Health and Life Sciences), Nanyang Technological University
Prof John Chambers , Professor of Cardiovascular Epidemiology Chief Investigator for HELIOS and SG100K, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University
A/Prof Lim Su Chi , Senior Consultant, Diabetes Centre, Admiralty Medical Centre
Prof Patrick Tan , Executive Director, Genome Institute of Singapore
Moderator :
Prof Benjamin Seet , Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer (Education and Research), Group Chief Research Officer, National Healthcare Group
Block 5: Innovation in Clinical Care
Track 5A: Palliative Care: Animation, Rehabilitation, Collaboration & Digitalization

Track Synopsis

Palliative medicine strives to provide comfort and support to both patients and their families. As a relatively new specialty, palliative medicine constantly seeks to transform and improve inter-disciplinary collaboration across various care settings.

This however, has been challenged by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has massively disrupted the way healthcare is traditionally delivered. The once nascent field of telehealth for example, has now become mainstream rather than a novel.  As a specialty that prides itself on the human touch, the practice of palliative medicine has also had to adapt to the widespread use of video conferencing and video consultation. 

In this track, we will focus on two aspects. In the first, we will describe novel collaborations with both the acute surgical team as well as the rehabilitation team within Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. Sharing the stories of real-life patients, we will present our experience with this unique cross-disciplinary model of care.

The second part of the track will focus on how palliative care has had to adopt to the new normal with the use of technology and video-conferencing as a useful adjunct in education, clinical consultation, nursing and even advance care planning. Using real life examples, we will illustrate how technology aids our ongoing partnership in the delivery of end-of-life care for residents in nursing homes.

Track Lead :
Dr Mansha Khemlani , Senior Consultant, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
Dr Laurence Tan , Consultant, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
Dr Chua Zi’En Ruth , Consultant, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Topic 1 : Palliative Surgery Collaboration

(1300 – 1315)
Speaker :
Dr Chua Zi’En Ruth , Consultant, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

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Topic 2 : Creating a Palliative Ready Rehabilitation Team

(1315 – 1330)
Speaker :
Ms Melissa Ng , Senior Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation Services, Yishun Community Hospital

More Information Coming Soon.

Topic 3 : Use of Animation as a Tool for Education in Palliative Care

(1330 – 1345)
Speaker :
Ms Lim Yujun , Assistant Manager, GeriCare, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Quality of education can be enhanced with the inclusion of animations in teaching.
  • Knowledge on Palliative Care can be delivered in a fun and engaging manner.
  • Concepts can be better visualised via multimedia elements which help to make topics more comprehensible.

Topic 4 : Embracing Technology to Support End-Of-Life Care in the Nursing Homes

(1345 – 1400)
Speaker :
Ms Sim Lai Kiow , Nurse Clinician, Palliative Care and Support Service, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

More Information Coming Soon.

Topic 5 : Q&A (Track 5D)

(1400 – 1415)
Track 5B: Biologics Revolution in Skin

TRACK SYNOPSIS

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Track 5C: Mobility, Frailty & Falls: Optimise to Maximise

Track Synopsis

Aging and illness can cripple some people on the one hand, and yet be the catalyst to setting some others on a journey to health and recovery through rehabilitation, reframing and making lifestyle changes. Our speakers will share how we can optimise mobility to retard frailty and prevent falls in order to maximise the potential of our patients and population at large.

Track Lead :
Dr Teoh Chin Sim , Clinical Director & Senior Consultant,Sports & Exercise Medicine,Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Topic 1 : From the Paralympics to Public Health: Using Sport to Enhance Fitness in Adults with Disabilities

(1300 – 1315)
Speaker :
Dr Cheri Blauwet , Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School

The goals of this lecture include:

  • To describe the impact of sedentary lifestyles on the health of people with disabilities globally
  • To outline the importance of considering adaptive and Paralympic sport opportunities as a key component of disability rights and health promotion
  • To describe what clinicians, researchers and health professionals can do to promote physical activity participation for people with disabilities

Topic 2 : Preserving Musculoskeletal Health for Healthy Aging

(1315 – 1330)
Speaker :
Dr Su Su , Consultant, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Locomotor function and healthy aging
  • When muscle and bone face each other
  • Osteosarcopenia: impact worse than sarcopenia

Topic 3 : Allied Health Professionals’ Courageous Moves in Advancing Clinical Care

(1330 – 1345)
Speaker :
Ms Yong Limin , Senior Principal Physiotherapist, Healthcare Manpower Division, MOH Holdings
  • The needs of our time
  • Brief introduction of the progress
  • The impact of the moves

Topic 4 : Guide the Walk, Hold the Fall Anytime Anywhere

(1345 – 1400)
Speaker :
Dr Loh Yong Joo , Head & Senior Consultant, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Innovations and enabling technologies for mobility assessment and intervention
  • Predict, prevent and protect Individuals from falling using enabling technologies
  • Opportunities and challenges in the adoption of healthcare technologies

Topic 5 : Q&A (Track 5B)

(1400 – 1415)
Track 5D: Psychiatry in a Post COVID-19 World

Track Synopsis

COVID-19 has changed the way patients interact with and receive care from mental healthcare providers. This session will explore the various ways mental health has evolved to address the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and chart a path from illness to wellness.

Track Lead :
Dr Tor Phern Chern , Senior Consultant, Department of Mood and Anxiety (West Region),Institute of Mental Health

Topic 1 : Bridging The Treatment Gap For OCD: Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) May Be The Answer

(1300 – 1310)
Speaker :
Dr Jackki Yim , Senior Clinical Psychologist, Psychology Department/ Department of Mood and Anxiety, Institute of Mental Health
Ms Tammie Kwek , Senior Psychologist, Department of Psychology, Institute of Mental Health
  • Treatment barriers for OCD
  • Innovative ways to deliver CBT for OCD
  • The efficacy of iCBT for adults with OCD in Singapore: A pilot study

Topic 2 : Clinical Service of Virtual Cognitive Behavioural Group Therapy (PsychUp Online)

(1310 – 1320)
Speaker :
Mr Lim Wee Onn , Senior Clinical Psychologist, Department of Mood and Anxiety, Institute of Mental Health
  • Translation of in-person CBT group therapy to online
  • Pre and Post of outcome measures
  • Limitations and challenges of virtual group therapy

Topic 3 : Health Promotion Through Sports - A Partnership Between IMH & RP

(1320 – 1340)
Speaker :
Asst Prof Alex Su , Vice Chairman Medical Board (Clinical Quality), Institute of Mental Health
Mr Aziz Bin Abdul Hamed , Chief Nurse Clinician, Institute of Mental Health
Mr Aaron Chen Angus Assistant Programme Chair (DHMP), Republic Polytechnic

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Topic 4 : The Importance of Real World Evidence in treating Mental Health And Chronic Disease

(1340 – 1400)
Speaker :
Mr Nawal Roy , Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Holmusk

More Information Coming Soon. 

Topic 5 : Q&A (Track 5C)

(1400 – 1415)
Innovation in Clinical Care : PLENARY + PANEL DISCUSSION

Plenary Synopsis

To truly individualise patient treatment, there are a number of considerations to be made. For example, once a treatment regimen is selected, patient responses can be dynamic and evolve over time. In the context of combination therapy, which is a cornerstone of patient care for indications ranging from oncology to chronic disease, drug synergy can be dose-dependent, time-dependent, and patient-specific. In addition to pharmacologic treatment, dynamic patient responses to therapy can be observed for digital cognitive health interventions, also known as digital therapeutics, as well. Importantly, optimising these and other factors can drive substantial inter- and intra-patient variability in treatment outcomes. To address these challenges, the emergence of digital medicine is making it possible to optimise N-of-1 regimen design for patients, and subsequently administer these regimens in a dynamic fashion that evolves alongside the patient. Of note, these strategies can also empower new ways to prospectively acquire patient data, and how this data can be harnessed to modulate intervention, from drug selection to dynamic dosing. Successfully integrating digital medicine-optimised treatment into clinical workflows will ultimately be catalyzed by sustained interdisciplinary engagement between multiple communities spanning clinical, technology, behavioural sciences, healthcare economics, and implementation sciences, and beyond. Towards these objectives, this talk will address our recent clinical development studies for both combination therapy and digital therapy driven by interdisciplinary engagement at WisDM and N.1 to dynamically tailor patient-specific treatment outcomes, reduce healthcare costs, and increase accessibility to practice-changing and optimised medicine.

Topic 1 : Plenary: Harnessing Digital Medicine to Optimise N-of-1 Healthcare

(1445 - 1515)
Speaker :
Prof Dean Ho , Provost’s Chair Professor Director, The N.1 Institute for Health (N.1) Director, The Institute for Digital Medicine (WisDM) Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore
  • Technology is changing the way that therapies are developed and administered so that regimens can evolve alongside the patient.
  • Integrating digital medicine-based optimisation into clinical workflows may pinpoint more responders to therapy.
  • Digital medicine is making accessible N-of-1 healthcare a reality.

Topic 2 : Panel Discussion: Innovation in Clinical Care

(1515 - 1600)
Speaker :
Prof Dean Ho , Provost’s Chair Professor Director, The N.1 Institute for Health (N.1) Director, The Institute for Digital Medicine (WisDM) Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore
Dr Lim Jui , Chief Executive Officer, SGInnovate
Prof Louis Phee , Dean, College of Engineering, Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor, Nanyang Technological University
Prof Tan Sze Wee , Assistant Chief Executive, Enterprise Division, Agency for Science, Technology and Research; Adjunct Professor LKC Medicine, Duke-NUS Medical School
Moderator :
Adj A/Prof Tan Cher Heng , Assistant Chairman Medical Board (Clinical Research and Innovation), Senior Consultant, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Others
Showcase on Medical Humanities

Track Synopsis

The dualism of human nature is our greatest strength — but also poses the greatest challenge. When our individual potential is maximised therein lies fulfilment; however, working and living in a collective unit can bring about disenchantment, alienation, even burnout.

Navigating this tension is critical to understanding ourselves and the people around us, especially at a time when healthcare functions in a team-based, complex and dynamic environment. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach drawing from the traditional humanities such as philosophy and sociology, together with the contemporary fields of modern psychology and organizational development, and situated squarely in healthcare scenarios, this session highlights the challenges of individualism vs collectivism, and explores how a better understanding of both may lead to renewed perspectives on wellbeing and flourishing.

The session is structured as a series of discussions featuring vignettes and common scenarios to prompt participants to think more deeply about individualism vs collectivism, to discern different perspectives on the “right” thing to do, and to come away with a more holistic conceptualisation of wellbeing. This session is based on a six-course course that has been successfully conducted among various healthcare professionals in NHG and maintains the original dialogic and interactive approach.

We welcome healthcare professionals from all family groups, especially those leading a unit or a department, and who have pondered how a better understanding of human nature can complement healthcare practice and our organizational life.

Track Lead :
Adj A/Prof Aaron Ang , Senior Consultant,Department of Psychiatry, Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Topic 1 : The Think Project: Dialogues in Medical Humanities

(1045 – 1200)
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