• Private and public hospitals in Singapore: Doctors working together for better healthcare services
    A common factor that divides all societies globally is the financial capacity of the people. Those who are higher up the socioeconomic scale have greater access to the best medical facilities, as compared to those who are at the lower rung of the socioeconomic ladder. How can public and private healthcare in Singapore work together to overcome this divide?
  • The art of empathy to become a better healthcare professional
    A new play about nurse-patient interactions is helping nursing students take a serious look at how they can stay empathetic despite gruelling work schedules and long hours. Can art help improve patient care?
  • A doctor’s dilemma: clash between duty and personal values
    The Hippocratic Oath is a solemn pledge taken by doctors upon being admitted as a fully registered medical practitioner. The oath is taken to be a representation of the ideals of medical practice. However, these ideals may sometimes clash with the personal values held by doctors.
  • 4 leadership skills every young pharmacist should master
    Leadership skills may not be a priority in the to-do-list of many young pharmacists unless they are called on to lead under exceptional circumstances. Nonetheless, the idea of learning about leadership should not be limited to those who see themselves as future leaders, but for all members of the profession.
  • 5 easy social media tips for doctors
    Medical professionals in Malaysia and Singapore are still leery of adopting social media in their professional lives. Many consider it a distraction, or worse, a potential liability. However, Dr. Kevin Pho says it is important for physicians to use social media to ‘define their online presence’.
  • Nurses: Are you experiencing a career stagnation?
    Career stagnation refers to a phase in one’s career where there is no progress of growth. There are a number of possible reasons that may cause career stagnation, but two major reasons for this condition are stagnation due to individual and interpersonal factors, and stagnation as a result of organisational conditions.
  • Community pharmacies and GPs: Complements, not rivals
    The community pharmacy sector in Malaysia has seen steady progress since its establishment in the country. From the early days of "drug stores" that dispense medicine to today's comprehensive provider of health-related products, community pharmacy has transformed itself to become an integral part of the healthcare sector.
  • Female doctors linked to lower patient mortality rate
    A new study has discovered that elderly patients cared for by female doctors were less likely to die or be readmitted to hospital than are patients treated by their male counterparts.
  • Clinician scientists in short supply in Singapore despite efforts
    Clinician scientists are doctors who double as scientists. Despite the government’s efforts to boost employment numbers, individuals cite various deterrence factors that should be targeted to boost employment.
  • Will 28-hour shifts for medical residents improve patient care?
    The US Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education is proposing to increase the number of consecutive hours medical residents can work, but some fear it could hurt patient care and quality of doctor training.
  • Retail pharmacists – an examination of pros and cons
    Retail pharmacy and hospital pharmacy are two of the major workplaces where pharmacists can be found. In the US, three-fifth of the country’s pharmacists work in retail while only one-fourth work in hospital settings. As for Singapore, the numbers are relatively even with 1,221 pharmacists working in the private sector and 1,307 working in the public sector as of 2015. Of those pharmacists employed in the private sector, 31.1% worked in retail and wholesale. Given the substantial percentage of pharmacists working in retail, it is perhaps worthwhile to examine some of the pros and cons of working in a retail pharmacy.
  • How to hire the best manager for your medical practice
    Every medical practice needs a good manager, and things are likely to become chaotic if the manager is not up to par. It is important for medical practices to hire the right one - not just the affordable one. Here are a few tips on how to find the right practice manager.
  • Pharmacists: Should you take a board certification?
    In Singapore, one of the most common ways to enhance your clinical skills as a pharmacist is to take a Board Certification. Locally, one of the most popular Board Certification is the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) administered by the American Pharmacist Association (APhA).