There is increasing demand for sport and exercise medicine services, and rising incidences for age-related musculoskeletal injuries. These are in tandem with the ageing population, and with more people taking up exercise to stay healthy.
NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, in partnership with CGH SEM, developed and launched the Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine (GDSM) programme for medical doctors interested in extending their training in this growing area of need. The GDSM programme is the first of its kind in Singapore and Asia.
The programme was over-subscribed by almost 4 times. As the largest SEM centre, over 70% of the trainees are attached to SSMC@CGH as part of the programme.
Adj A/Prof Roger Tian, Dr Leonard Lim, and Adj A/Prof Ben Tan serve as the Course Director (Clinical), Deputy Course Director (Clinical), and Chairman of the Advisory Committee respectively.
For their contribution to the programme, Dr Ben Tan, Dr Roger Tian and Dr Kelvin Chew have been appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor, and Dr Ivy Lim has been appointed as Adjunct Assistant Professor to NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. Other CGH SEM physicians, cardiologist, radiologist and physiotherapists are also involved and are part of the teaching faculty.
This initiative is underscored by CGH SEM’s belief that SEM expertise should not be limited to institutions, but also reside at primary care level, to increase access to SEM for all Singaporeans.
SPORT & EXERCISE MEDICINE (SEM) DISTINGUISHED GUEST SERIESContinuous education is vital to ensure that the SEM team stays relevant and up-to-date on the latest SEM developments and trends.
CGH SEM regularly invites renowned experts to conduct lectures and workshops that are open to all. The department is pleased to invite the following speakers as part of the SEM Distinguished Guest Series in 2018:
Prof James Skinner (USA)‘Exercise Prescription for Healthy & At-Risk Populations’, 31 August 2018
Dr Jeni Saunders (Australia)‘Managing Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction’, 13 October 2018
Helmut Hoffmann (Germany)‘Basic Aspects of Function-Based Rehabilitation Conception’, 19 November 2018
MANAGING SACROILIAC JOINT DYSFUNCTION – LECTURE & WORKSHOPS
In 2017, CGH SEM hosted Dr Jeni Saunders, a Sport and Exercise Physician with extensive experience working with elite and national sports teams, to give a lecture on sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Following the successful lecture, CGH SEM and Rehabilitative Services collaborated with Dr Saunders and Dr Barbara Hungerford (Consultant Physiotherapist, Director of Sydney Spine & Pelvis Physiotherapy Centre), to organise a series of lecture and workshops on 12 & 13 October, for physicians and physiotherapists interested to learn more about managing sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
EXERCISE IS MEDICINE (EIM) ASIA REGIONAL MEETING
The 2018 EIM Asia Regional Meeting was hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Sports Science and Physical Education. The meeting was attended by EIM representatives from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and USA.
Adj A/Prof Ben Tan shared his experience on how to set up a successful EIM centre to effectively complement the public system, and the future development of EIM in Asia. The meeting provided opportunities for the various institutions to learn from each other in advancing the EIM global movement.
65TH AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SPORTS MEDICINE (ACSM) ANNUAL MEETING AND 9TH WORLD CONGRESS ON EIM
Dr Fadzil Hamzah shared the podium with speakers from Brazil and Taiwan in a colloquium sessiontitled ‘Government Health Initiatives Incorporating EIM.’ Chaired by A/Prof Benedict Tan, the sessionhighlighted the importance of collaborations with like-minded organisations, community partners, aswell as support from the government. Dr Fadzil shared with the international attendeesthe successful collaborations with Sport Singapore (Active Health Initiative) and South East Community Development Council (War on Diabetes Health Peers Programme).
LAUNCH OF EIM SRI LANKA
As Chairman of EIM Southeast Asia Regional Centre, Adj A/Prof Ben Tan aims to promote EIM around the region. EIM Sri Lanka was launched on 24 November 2018, in conjunction with the 4th Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Sports Medicine Association. A/Prof Benedict Tan was the Chief Guest for the inauguration ceremony, and was also a speaker for the Scientific Sessions.
Leading up to the launch, physicians from Sri Lanka flew in to Singapore to be trained and certified in exercise prescription, and also to learn more about setting up a EIM programme locally.
The global EIM movement is pleased to welcome EIM Sri Lanka to the family.
2ND ASEAN SPORTS MEDICINE CONFERENCE - BUILDING A HEALTHIER NATION THROUGH SPORTSAdj Asst Prof Ivy Lim was invited as a plenary speaker and was also one of the International Advisors for the 2nd ASEAN Sports Medicine Conference.
Dr Lim spoke on ‘Urban Evolution: Exercise is Medicine’ to more than 150 delegates from over 13 countries. As chronic diseases become more prevalent, it is vital to promote physical activity and exercise as a standard part of a disease prevention and management.
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON FRAILTY INTERVENTION
Adj A/Prof Ben was invited to speak to nearly 500 healthcare professionals at the International Symposium On Frailty Intervention.
The conference brought together doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists, trainers, nutritionists, social workers and others, to tackle the problem of frailty in the elderly from a multi-disciplinary approach.
SEM plays a key role in the management of frailty. Dr Ben shared on how exercise prescription can be promoted systematically, as well as the progress and management of exercise risks.
WORLD CITIES SUMMIT 2018: BUILDING SOCIAL RESILIENCE THROUGH SPORT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
The World Cities Summit attracts city mayors and policy makers from all over the world to come together to exchange ideas and learn about new trends and developments in city planning and management.
At the 6th World Cities Summit, Sport Singapore (SportSG) hosted a forum on “Social Resilience Through Sport & Physical Activities”. Adj A/Prof Ben Tan was one of the panellists, and shared on how sports can generate greater social cohesion and cultivate resilient citizens.
SPORTS MEDICINE ASSOCIATION SINGAPORE (SMAS) ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
This year’s SMAS Annual Symposium brought together healthcare professionals, individuals from sport and academia, and members of the public to discuss “Metabolic and Endocrine Conditions in Sport”.
Physicians from SEM – Adj Asst Prof Ivy Lim, Dr Leonard Lim, Dr Ng Chung Sien, Dr Lim Baoying and Dr Mandy Zhang, were involved as organisers, speakers, and also conducted knee injections workshop for the symposium.
MEDICAL FAIR ASIA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE
The 2nd Medical Fair Asia Medicine + Sports Conference was held on 29 August. It is part of Medical Fair Asia 2018, a 3-day event targeted at the healthcare, sports and fitness industry.
CGH SEM physicians presented a series of talks in the session “Tailored Exercise Programs for Patients and Athletes”. The physicians include Adj Asst Prof Ivy Lim, Dr Leonard Lim, Dr Darren Leong and Dr Ng Chung Sien.
Adj A/Prof Kelvin Chew presented on the topic “Platelet-Rich Plasma: An Orthobiologic Treatment for Tendinopathies”. Dr Ivy Lim was also one of the panellists, alongside renowned Prof James Skinner, to discuss the role of physical activity in healthcare.
STOP OSTEOARTHRITIS AGONY RIGHT (SOAR) EXPERT FORUM
Dr Mandy Zhang was invited to speak at the SOAR Expert Forum between Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
She spoke on the difference in the underlying etiology for knee OA in athlete and non-athlete, exercise prescription for knee OA. She also shared the findings of her study on ‘Viscosupplementation for OA Knees in Athletes – Sports Medicine Perspective’.
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