Professor Tong Seng Fah

Professor Tong Seng Fah

Department of Family Medicine
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia



Research Championship
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 Tong is an academic primary care physician from the Department of Family Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He graduated in 1997 and obtained Master in Medicine (Family Medicine) in 2004, and PhD (General Practice) in 2012. His research interests include doctors’ practice behaviour in health screening, men’s health and chronic care. He has a special interest in promoting grounded theory as a method and methodology to understand human behaviour. He is currently a professor in family medicine and has been actively teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students on the specialty of family medicine since 2004. He also teaches research methodology of qualitative and quantitative research. He has conducted several workshops on various topics of qualitative research e.g. thematic analysis, using computer for qualitative analysis and data collection. He has supervised master and PhD students using thematic analysis and grounded theory. He was the past chair of Malaysian Primary Care Research Group and Head of Department of Family Medicine of UKM. He is an editorial board member of Malaysian Family Physician and has been a reviewer for a few international journals and examiners for qualitative studies. He has published numerous journal articles, proceedings and abstracts. He edited two books on research methods for primary care doctors.