• Vol. 36 No. 11, 879–880
  • 15 November 2007

How do we Encourage Clinician Scientists in Singapore?

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Singapore can be proud of its many achievements in the last few decades. Amongst these is the very high standard of healthcare enjoyed by its population.1 In fact, its reputation for medical excellence has attracted many international patients and the numbers are growing. This achievement can be attributed to the hard work, dedication and commitment of those who developed healthcare delivery and training systems which have produced world class doctors and provided state-of-the-art facilities for medical practice.2 Previous generations of doctors in Singapore deserve a significant amount of the credit: although overworked and short-staffed, they have developed clinical, surgical and diagnostic departments with a level of quality healthcare second to none in the world. Even those who decided to take the path of medical research have done well in an environment that was not conducive to research. We all know examples of those in the Singaporean medical fraternity who have dedicated a part of their time to research and who have achieved international recognition.

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