Dr Farida Ithnin


Hospital: KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Road: 100 Bukit Timah Road
Country: Singapore
Postcode: 738421

Supervisor: Dr Farida Ithnin
Telephone: (+65) 63941081
Fax: (+65) 62912661
Email: drfaraza@yahoo.com.sg

Enquiries: A/Prof Alex Sia
Telephone: (+65) 63941081
Email: Alex.Sia.TH@kkh.com.sg

Duration: 12 to 24 months

Grade: Postgraduate qualification Masters in Anaesthesiology, or equivalent


The Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore offers advanced clinical training, teaching and research. This is a tertiary referral center that provides a full range of obstetric-related care. Commonly encountered pregnancy-related problems include pre-eclampsia, diabetes, prematurity, morbid obesity and multiple gestation. Complex patients are approached by an interdisciplinary team that includes perinatologists, neonatologists, anaesthesiologists and other medical and surgical consultants as needed.

Fellows are appointed for periods ranging from 12 to 24 months. The department is accredited for training by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and hosts rotating Registrars and Medical Officers training in Obstetric Anaesthesia and Research. Applications from overseas are welcomed and an application form can be found at: http://www.kkh.com.sg/ForDoctorsnHealthcareProfessionals/TrainingandFellowship/ObstetricsandGynaecology/Obstetric+Anaesthesia.htm

Programme objectives (in both the one and two year fellowships) can be tailored to suit the career plans of the individual.

Fellows will have clinical, teaching and research responsibilities.


The program begins with a one-month intensive upgrade of clinical skills (including night calls). Thereafter, the fellow will spend not less than 50 percent of the time providing clinical care. When assigned to the obstetric anaesthesia service, the fellow will both directly provide clinical care as well as instruct and guide residents assigned to the obstetric anaesthesia service. The women’s division also is responsible for anaesthesia in gynaecology , oncology and urology patients. Other clinical responsibilities will include assignment to the general operating suites one day per week.


All fellows are involved in the teaching mission within the department by participation in Mortality and Morbidity conferences and weekly journal club. Clinical teaching includes instruction in the techniques of labour analgesia and operative anaesthesia as well as the more subtle understanding of how to manage the provision of anaesthetic services in a busy labour ward. Didactic teaching includes presentation at departmental journal club and organizing and participating in weekly resident and student discussions of obstetric anaesthesia topics.


Fellows are expected to actively participate in ongoing projects. In addition, fellows will design and carry out their own research projects with the support and guidance of members of the section of obstetric anaesthesia. Fellows are encouraged to attend local and international conferences to present abstracts and lectures; funds may be made available to achieve this.


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