This year’s Induction Comitia was held on a Saturday afternoon of 17th May at the Health Promotion Board Auditorium.  The event was graced by A/Prof Benjamin Ong, Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health, Singapore, as the Guest-of-Honour.

Guest-of-Honour, A/Prof Benjamin Ong, giving the opening address.
In his address, A/Prof Ong spoke about the direction of medicine in Singapore. He highlighted the need to revisit the care models and to adjust and restructure them to better suit the changing demographic profile and disease patterns.  “This would include putting more emphasis on the primary care sector and ensuring that care between the tertiary, primary and community healthcare and even social care sectors are properly integrated. It means truly turning the perspective to the patient,” said A/Prof Ong.  A related area which A/Prof Ong touched on was equipping and training the future doctors.  He added that the Ministry has started making changes to the internship year to ensure a period of good, well supervised and experientially relevant period of training.



Induction Comitia Programme
Address by Dr Lim Shih Hui, Master, Academy of Medicine, Singapore
Address by Guest-of-Honour, A/Prof Benjamin Ong, Director of Medical Services, Ministory of Health, Singapore


A total of 69 Fellows were formally admitted into the Academy that afternoon.  Dr Tor Phern-Chern from the Chapter of Psychiatrists, who led his fellow inductees for the pledge-taking, shared: “The Induction Comitia was a wonderful ritual where classmates and friends reunited, sometimes for the first time since graduation, that marked the end of the beginning of our medical career as medical specialists and the beginning of the next phase of medical practice: A phase marked by a continual pursuit of professionalism in our respective specialities following the footsteps of those before us, and academic mentorship of those that come after us”.

Group photo with Guest-of-Honour, A/Prof Benjamin Ong, and the AMS Council.
Newly admitted inductees took their pledge, led by Dr Tor Phern-Chern.

The Induction Comitia also witnessed the graduation of eight trainees who have successfully completed their diplomas under the Staff Registrar Scheme.  They were graduates from the Diploma in Cardiology, Diploma in Internal Medicine (with Focus on Hospital Medicine), Diploma in Neonatology, Diploma in Orthopaedic Surgery, Diploma in Radiation Oncology and Diploma in Rehabilitation Medicine.





















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