Associate Professor Verna Lee Kar Mun
Department of Family Medicine
International Medical University
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 Lee graduated from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She then obtained her Master of Medicine (Family Medicine) in UKM. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine in International Medical University (IMU), and the Consultant Family Physician-in-Charge of the IMU Medical Clinic. Her special interest is in managing people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, depression and anxiety. She is involved in mentoring postgraduate trainees of the Advance Training in Family Medicine program organized by the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia (AFPM). She has been actively involved in the primary care research activities and promotion in the Malaysian Primary Care Research Group (MPCRG), a special interest group in AFPM and she is the current Chair of MPCRG. Her research projects include chronic disease management, specifically diabetes, hypertension and very recently collaborating human feeding trials with Malaysian Palm Oil Board exploring obesity and metabolic risk.