In order to practise as a Family Physician (FP) in Singapore, the doctor must at least be on full or conditional medical registration with SMC and has a valid practising certificate. There are 2 routes of entry into the Register of Family Physicians.
1. Degree or Diploma Route
This is for doctors with relevant postgraduate academic qualifications and experience that are specific to Family Medicine (FM).
2. Practice Route
This is for experienced GPs with 5 or more years of relevant FM practice experience but without the relevant postgraduate academic qualifications. Depending on their years of experience, GPs need to complete between 2 and 4 Accredited Modular Courses (AMCs) conducted by the College of Family Physicians (CFPS). Details on AMCs are available on CFPS' website http://www.cfps.org.sg/. However, entry by the 'Practice Route' will end by 31 Dec 2013, after which only entry via the degree or diploma route will be accepted.
|Application procedure is as follows:|
(i) First obtain accreditation by the Family Physicians Accreditation Board (FPAB). Information on the accreditation application procedure is available on FPAB's website at http://www.healthprofessionals.gov.sg/content/hprof/fpab/en.html and
(ii) At the same time, apply to add his name to the Register of Family Physicians by completing the prescribed form or logging on to http://22.214.171.124/html/SMC_Login.html. The doctor is not allowed to use the title “Family Physician” until SMC admits his name into the Register of Family Physicians.
(iii) Submit the completed form to SMC together with the stipulated fee (see table)
|(iv) Doctors going via the Degree or Diploma route are encouraged to apply to include at least 1 registrable postgraduate qualification that is specific to Family Medicine into the Register for Medical Practitioners. Please refer to link for more information on application and fee for inclusion of a postgraduate qualification.|