Dr Low Lian Leng
Department of Family Medicine and Continuing Care
Singapore General Hospital
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 Low Lian Leng is currently an Associate Consultant at the Department of Family Medicine and Continuing Care at Singapore General Hospital. He is also a faculty of the SingHealth Family Medicine Residency program and Duke-NUS family medicine clerkship. Dr Low completed his Master of Clinical Investigation at the National University of Singapore and has a deep interest in health services research, especially in the areas of population health/segmentation, innovative integrated care delivery models and data analytics. He is currently the principal investigator of the Singapore General Hospital re-admission risk prediction project, core lead of data analytics with the SingHealth Regional Health System, and is co-developing a population database with the SingHealth Regional Health System Office. Dr Low has published his work on re-admission prediction and integrated care delivery models in local and international peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is actively involved in the SingHealth Health Services Research Centre’s “Health Engagement and Action Laboratories” (HEALs) project that aims to develop an integrated communities of care to improve population health in alignment with the quadruple aim.