Issue 118 | Jul-Sep 2019

The Compassionate Family Physician

Dr Galih Kunarso (Science ’06, Duke-NUS ’13, Medicine ’18) shares on his spirit of continuous learning in his pursuit to improve lives as a doctor.

Dr Galih Kunarso believes that it is vital for doctors to keep updated on new developments in the medical field.

Tell us more about the nature of your work.

As a family Physician at Tampines Polyclinic, I treat patients, from newborn babies to the elderly, for a wide spectrum of ailments. I help them to manage both acute conditions such as infections and pains, as well as chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia.

How have you upgraded your skills since you graduated from Duke-NUS?

After obtaining my MD degree from Duke-NUS in 2013, I went on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine (GDFM) in 2017 at the College of Physicians, Singapore. This was on top of the various courses that SingHealth Polyclinics regularly sent me – along with other new doctors - to, covering everything from dermatology to women’s health.

Why did you take the initiative? How has it helped you in your job?

I discovered that I enjoyed Family Medicine while working in the polyclinic in 2015. I signed up for the programme as I realised that the knowledge I gained from medical school and previous hospital postings could be enhanced when it came to managing the complex conditions of our polyclinic patients. The structured course has taught me skills related to diagnosing, treating and following up on various common conditions. The end goal is to deliver better care to my patients and help them to improve their health.

What is your outlook on continuous learning, especially in the field of medicine?

The field of medicine is constantly progressing. There are always new developments, medications and treatment options. I believe that as good clinicians, we have to be active lifelong learners to better serve our patients.

Do you plan to further upgrade your skills?

I'm planning to further upgrade myself by enrolling in the Master of Medicine (Family Medicine) Programme, through the College of Family Physicians, Singapore, that will begin later this year.
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