Dr Rahul Malhotra

Dr Rahul Malhotra

Assistant Professor
Health Services and Systems Research,
and Centre for Ageing Research and Education
Duke-NUS Medical School



FM Research With Medical Students: The Singapore Experience
Date: 23 September 2017, Saturday
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Synopsis: Family Medicine research is done by family physicians (FPs) on their patients and communities they serve. Research should increase knowledge and improve patients’ lives and communities which FPs serve. The Family Medicine (FM) Departments in all three medical schools in Singapore involve students in formal research programs, providing opportunities for students to collaborate with FPs in research. In the process, students learn about FM, research methodologies, data collection, data analysis, writing and presenting skills. This hands-on learning journey in family medicine research is a building block for students in preparation for when they become residents (most, if not all, FM Residency Programs include research as an essential component) and future leaders in FM. This symposium showcases family medicine research done by Singapore medical students, with respective faculty sharing their schools’ approaches to FM research training.


A physician specializing in Community Medicine, and a public health researcher, Dr Rahul Malhotra is Assistant Professor at the Program in Health Services and Systems Research, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore and the Head of Research at the Centre for Ageing Research and Education, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore. His research focuses on the vulnerability associated with ageing. Within this area, his research agenda is to develop an evidence base that enables understanding, measurement and alleviation of vulnerability, resulting from physical, psychological, social and health service factors, among older adults at the individual and the population level.

Specific areas of interest are (1) measurement of frailty; (2) assessment of health literacy and its outcomes, and improvement of medication safety; (3) measurement and utilization of healthy life expectancy for spatial and temporal comparison of health; and (4) determining the impact of the informal care context, including family caregivers and foreign domestic workers. He also maintains an interest in global health research, with a focus on health of older adults and their caregivers in Asian countries. He is or has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on three research grants, Co-Investigator on six research grants and Collaborator on three research grants. He has authored or co-authored over 75 peer-reviewed papers in the medical and public health literature. His current teaching activities include mentorship of third year Duke-NUS medical students and invited lectures for undergraduate and graduate students at NUS and Duke-NUS.