CHICAGO – February 15, 2012
The Ministry of Health, Singapore (the Singapore MOH) has engaged in a collaborative arrangement with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), through its subsidiary, ABMS Singapore, LLC (ABMS-S), to jointly develop a physician assessment for medical specialists practicing in Singapore. ABMS-S and the Singapore MOH will develop locally relevant examinations to support medical specialty assessment programs initially for internal medicine, pediatrics and pathology. The arrangement, which anticipates the first administration of examinations in 2013, will allow Singapore to implement their system of certification incorporating elements of the United States (U.S.) model.
The program will complement the structured formative training that the Singapore MOH has implemented for its post-graduate specialist training system. The collaboration will enhance the system of assessment that ensures that physicians have had the appropriate training and acquired the necessary competencies expected of medical specialists in Singapore.
“This international collaboration is aimed at providing support and adding value to the medical specialist assessment programs of health care organizations around the world,” said Kevin B. Weiss, MD, ABMS President and CEO. “The program is designed to enhance Singapore’s current efforts to meet its evolving health care demands. We are honored to partner with the Singapore MOH to enhance the assessment of the competencies of their physicians.”
In the U.S., Board Certification by one of the 24 ABMS Member Boards assesses a physician’s competence in his or her medical specialty. ABMS coordinates and assists its 24 Member Boards in their efforts to develop and implement educational and professional standards for the evaluation and certification of physician specialists. Board Certification by an ABMS Member Board is considered the “gold standard” in physician certification in the U.S. health care industry, and is an essential element of a physician’s training, competence and commitment to lifelong learning in a medical specialty. The certification process developed under the collaboration is specifically designed to be relevant to the Singapore health care system and to practice within that specific context.
“Our collaboration with the American Board of Medical Specialties and its Member Boards builds upon Singapore’s continuing efforts to enhance specialist training. This certification process will complement our structured formative training and allow us to better assess the competencies of our residents, both during and after completion of training,” said Professor K. Satku, Singapore MOH Director of Medical Services.
“The American Board of Internal Medicine is honored to be working in collaboration with ABMS and the Singapore Ministry of Health to support their efforts to set standards of competency assessments for internal medicine residents in Singapore,” said Eric Holmboe, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, American Board of Internal Medicine. “These standards will not only be markers of professionalism for these physicians, but will also provide their physicians with a way to measure the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver quality care.”
“The American Board of Pathology is very pleased to be part of the first wave of this exciting project with the Singapore Ministry of Health,” said Betsy D. Bennett, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President, American Board of Pathology. “We are looking forward to assisting them in enhancing the assessment of pathology residents in Singapore.”
"The American Board of Pediatrics is pleased to contribute to this collaborative effort in promoting excellence in medical care throughout Singapore,” said James A. Stockman III, MD, President and CEO, American Board of Pediatrics. “It remains the American Board of Pediatrics’ goal to uphold the highest level of physician competency, and we are excited about this opportunity to extend this goal internationally."
The examination administrations are scheduled to occur in 2013; it is anticipated that the collaboration will be expanded to include other specialties. More information about the assessments will be available later in 2012.
About the Singapore MOH
The Singapore MOH champions a healthy nation together with the people of Singapore, so that all can live well, live long and with peace of mind. The mission of the Singapore MOH is to promote good health and reduce illness, to ensure access to good and affordable health care, and pursue medical excellence. Through the Singapore MOH, the Government manages the health care system to ensure that good and affordable medical services are available to all Singaporeans.
About ABMS Singapore, LLC
ABMS Singapore, LLC, is a subsidiary of ABMS. It was developed to partner with Singapore to enhance physician specialist assessments by adapting evaluation and certification methods established by ABMS and its 24 Member Boards.