• Vol. 36 No. 7, 457–476
  • 15 July 2007

Academy of Medicine, Singapore – The First Twenty-Five Years (1957-1982)



The Academy of Medicine, Singapore celebrates its Golden Jubilee in July 2007. This paper reviews some significant milestones of the Academy from 1957 to 1982. Postgraduate medical education with specialist training and assessment was more formalised only during the challenging years when Singapore became more autonomous and politically independent. This also coincided with the establishment of the Academy of Medicine and the University's School of Postgraduate Medical Studies. The close relationship between the two bodies and the Ministry of Health continues to this day. The historical links with the British and other international Colleges and Academies are also highlighted.

The formation of the Singapore Academy of Medicine in the 1950s was the outcome of steady progress in medical education as well as a stimulus to further professional endeavours. The Academy’s raison d’etre and role can thus be appreciated only by reference to salient developments in the Island’s medical history.

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