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Nov 2016 // read more
Core Communication Skills in the Medical Interview
Dr T Thirumoorthy
Introduction The medical interview is probably the most important and most frequently used clinical tool. An average physician in active clinical practice would be doing six to seven thousand medical interviews in a year. Good medical interview skills ensure that the doctor collects all the impo...
Category: Professionalism
Topic: Communication

Oct 2016 // read more
The Conundrum of Resource Allocation - When Much is Not Enough
A/Prof Jason Yap
Healthcare is a bottomless pit. No matter how resources are obtained or distributed, demand will always exceed supply. In historical times, when medicine, such as there was, was much less successful at prolonging life or relieving suffering, it mattered less that the best healthcare was available on...
Category: Professionalism

Jun 2016 // read more
Missed Diagnoses and Discrepancy in Diagnostic Radiology [Part 2]
Dr Luke Toh
The first instalment, published in the May issue of SMA News (https://goo.gl/q3Zwxd) focused on definitions and missed diagnoses originating from errors of perception, cognition and communication. We attempt to discuss some strategies that may be adopted to mitigate some of the issues/risks in this ...
Category: Professionalism

May 2016 // read more
Missed Diagnoses and Discrepancy in Diagnostic Radiology [Part 1]
Dr Luke Toh
An 86-year-old male patient with a background of colorectal carcinoma had total colectomy performed four years ago. He completed chemotherapy and the disease has been in remission since 2013. The current CT scan reveals multiple liver metastases ranging from 3 cm to 7 cm in diameter scattered throug...
Category: Professionalism

Apr 2016 // read more
Professional Responsibilities of the Anaesthesiologist
Dr Hairil Rizal Abdullah
As an anaesthesiologist with an interest in professional and clinical ethics, I have always been fascinated by the ethical labyrinth that we navigate in our daily practice. We are clinicians to the patients, service providers to the surgeons and stakeholders to the operating room management team. An...
Category: Professionalism

Jan 2016 // read more
Clinical Incident Management - Professionalism in Risk Management
Dr Seow Wan Tew , Dr T Thirumoorthy
What are clinical incidents? A clinical incident is any unplanned event during the medical care of a patient, which causes, or has the potential to cause, unintended or unnecessary harm to a patient.1 The incident could be an adverse outcome where injury or harm is caused by medical management o...
Category: Professionalism

Mar 2017 // read more
Common Pitfalls in Clinician-Patient Communications
Dr T Thirumoorthy
Introduction Effective communication skills in medical practice are associated with enhanced patient satisfaction, greater adherence to medication regimens, improved selfmanagement, better health outcomes,1 reduced medical costs2 and decreased risks of malpractice claims.3 Ineffective communicati...
Category: Professionalism
Topic: Communication