Dr Wilson Tam

Dr Wilson Tam

Assistant Professor
Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies
National University of Singapore



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.


Introduction To Meta-Analysis
Date: 22 September 2017, Friday
Time: 2.30pm – 5pm
Synopsis: Meta-analysis is an important components of systematic review and is often referred to the statistical methods of combining evidence. With appropriate data from individual studies, a pooled estimate can be derived using different models in meta-analysis.

This workshop provides a brief introduction to meta-analysis, aimed at researchers who want to understand how to conduct and interpret meta-analysis. It will first discuss forest plot and how to interpret the results in forest plot. Then, several commonly used effect measures for binary and continuous outcomes (including risk ratio, risk difference, odds ratio, mean difference and standardized mean difference) will be introduced. The issues of heterogeneity among studies will be discussed. Fixed-effect and random-effects models will be explored and the use of Review Manager to conduct meta-analysis will be demonstrated.


1. Forest plot and its interpretation
2. Effect measure for binary and continuous outcomes
3. Heterogeneity among studies
4. Fixed-effect and random-effects model
5. Using Review Manager to conduct meta-analysis


Dr Wilson Tam is Assistant Professor at the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS). He is an epidemiologist and statistician by training. He obtained his M.Phil. degree in Statistics at the University of Hong Kong and PhD degree in Medical Sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Before joining NUS, he was Research Assistant Professor at the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, CUHK. He has been working in the field of Public Health and Nursing for more than 10 years. His research focuses include statistical analyses on health data, methodological issues in meta-analyses, and environmental health. Dr Tam has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals.