Dr Paul Goh

dr paul goh

Dr Paul Goh

Clinic Director and Family Physician,
Senior Consultant
SingHealth Polyclinics – Tampines



Clinical Ethics
Date: 22 September 2017, Friday
Time: 10.45am – 12.45pm
Synopsis: Family Physicians aspire to discharge their duties to the best of their abilities. With increasing complexity of medical care options and the increasing expectations of personal and professional accountability, physicians often encounter multiple issues that require them to analyse and balance complex ethical conflicts, make difficult decisions and justify why the decisions are made. Clinical ethics provide a means to an awareness of the values and ethical conflicts, and together with ethical and clinical competencies, it serves to provide a platform for good patient care. An overview of the clinical ethics in healthcare setting will be presented, followed by interactive workshops, where scenarios on clinical ethical issues faced by family physicians in decision making will be discussed.


Dr Paul Goh is Clinic Director and Senior Consultant, SingHealth Polyclinics – Tampines. He is also the Censor-In-Chief of the College of Family Physicians, Singapore. He was Deputy Director of the Family Health Service, Ministry of Health, and was tasked to set up SingHealth Polyclinics, becoming its first Chief Executive Officer in 2000. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of both the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Duke-NUS Medical School. He is also a Clinical Physician Faculty Member for the SingHealth Family Medicine Residency Programme. Dr Goh was awarded the Distinguished Educator’s Award by the College of Family Physicians, Singapore and the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence by NUS.

Dr Goh has been examiner for the Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine, the Master of Medicine (Family Medicine), and the Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians for many years.

With a keen interest in Medical Law and Ethics in Primary Care, Dr Goh attained the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Law and Ethics. He has been teaching Medical Law/Clinical Ethics to doctors at postgraduate level for several years. He also has interests in Research Ethics and was Chair of the SingHealth Polyclinics IRB and subsequently, the Deputy Chair of the SingHealth Centralised Institutional Review Board E.

As a Family Physician, Dr Goh obtained his Master of Medicine in Family Medicine and was awarded a Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Fellowship in Family Medicine under the mentorship of Professor John Murtagh, a world-renowned Family Physician. Dr Goh was in the first cohort of Family Physicians being conferred the Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians by Assessment. He was also in the first batch of Family Physicians inducted as Fellow in the Chapter of Family Medicine Physicians, Academy of Medicine, Singapore.