Dr Agnes Koong
Clinic Director and Family Physician, Associate Consultant
SingHealth Polyclinics – Marine Parade
Date: 21 September 2017, Thursday
Time: 9am – 4.30pm
Synopsis: The 6th Asia Pacific Primary Care Research Conference (APPCRC) focuses on the training of family physicians (FP) to conduct primary care research in the region. In Singapore, research and education are the two key pillars supporting the advancement of Family Medicine (FM) in the SingHealth-Duke NUS Academic Clinical Programme (ACP). Training in FM research spans across undergraduate education to the advanced fellowship training program.
Medical students are trained to carry out community health research projects. The FM Residency program has incorporated research as part of their curriculum in which the residents also embark on community health research projects in groups. Beyond their Master of Medicine in FM qualification, FP can embark on fellowship training program organised by the College of Family Physicians Singapore (CFPS) to carry out individual research project, whilst others in the Master in Medical Education program also have to carry out clinical or medical education research. There is now opportunity for FP with special interest in research to take on advanced research training under the Master in Clinical Investigation (MCI) and PhD. Thus the new generation of FP will be equipped with skills to conduct clinical, health service and education research. This is critical in the context of an aging population with increasing complex medical conditions, the ability of the FP to evaluate the effectiveness of their medical treatment, service delivery and training will be an invaluable skill and asset to the primary healthcare community.
Dr Agnes Koong is a Family Physician practicing at SingHealth Polyclinics. She was appointed Clinic Director, Marine Parade Polyclinic in October 2012 and played a major role in the re-development of the facility from 2015-2016. She is also actively involved in initiatives that improve clinical care and patient’s care experience. These initiatives include the TeleCare program where patients receive care remotely, the SingHealth Polyclinics Care Management Program where care is better coordinated for patients with complex care needs, as well as the Patient Ambassador Volunteer program, where volunteers are recruited and trained to improve the care experience of patients in the polyclinic.
Dr Agnes Koong began her training in Family Medicine and joined SingHealth Polyclinics in 2006. She obtained the Masters of Medicine Family Medicine in 2011 and was conferred a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians Singapore in 2014.
An appointed adjunct educator for the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and adjunct lecturer with Duke-NUS Medical School, she is actively involved in undergraduate teaching. She continues to mentor aspiring Family Physicians as well through her contributions as supervisor in the Graduate Diploma of Family Medicine Program and the Fellowship Program.