Graduate Diploma in FM


General Information


The GDFM is a structured training programme for Family Physicians in Singapore. It is jointly organised by the College of Family Physicians Singapore (CFPS) and the Division of Graduate Medical Studies (DGMS).

Aims and Objective

GDFM is to provide a comprehensive and structured training programme for doctors working in primary care so that they can practice Family Medicine at an enhanced level, catering to the healthcare needs of the child, the adolescent, the adult and the elderly.


Candidate must possess the following to be eligible to register for the GDFM programme:

  • A basic degree of the MBBS or equivalent qualification registered with the Singapore Medical Council (SMC)
  • Full or Conditional registration with the SMC; temporary registered practitioners must support their applications with a letter of recommendation from their HOD. Provisonal registration doctors are not eligible to apply.
  • Must fulfill CME requirements
  • Must have 1 full year working experience in Singapore at point of course registration
  • Must hold a current and valid practicing certificate

Course Overview

The programme is designed for practicing doctors who may have a busy work schedule. The distance learning components enable the learning of core knowledge and skills. Interaction with peers, trainers and expert resource persons are conducted via e-Learning and face-to-face sessions are conducted outside regular office hours. The course is divided into 8 modules, each comprising of 2 learning units. Each module includes (conducted over the period of 3 months):

  • Reading materials for self-study (Downloadable from e-Learing website)
  • Online case studies and multiple choice assessments
  • 4 interactive Saturday afternoon seminars (Each 2.5 hours in duration)
  • 1 tutorial for each module (Each 1 hour in duration)

In addition to the 8 modules, candidates must complete 3 GDFM specific short courses, the Clinical Revision Course (CRC) and 1 elective Family Practice Skills Course (FPSC). These are short courses conducted over 2 weekends that cover specific areas in Family Medicine. There is also the BCLS competency certificate which is mandatory for examination applications with DGMS, NUS. Candidates must satisfy the BCLS requirements on their own.

Application for GDFM

GDFM course registration opens in April each year. Commencement of the programme is in June each year. Application for GDFM is open for 1 month. Application form can be downloaded from College website when the registration starts. Candidates will fill up the application form and post the application or personally hand the application form together with a payment cheque to College. 

Programme Details

FMTP Modular Courses (FMMC)

The FMTP Modular Course (FMMC) consists of 4 weekends afternoon per quarter. The structure of each module consists of 2 units. Each unit consists of 4 chapters; each chapter has 2 case studies. One workshop covers 4 case studies. At each workshop, the case studies of 2 chapters would be covered, i.e. 4 case studies. The active tutorial groups are to present to the class on the case study they are assigned to. The rest of the trainees are encouraged to field questions relating to the case studies. Attendance of at least 3 of the 4 workshops (i.e. minmum 75% attendance per module) is mandatory for each FMMC module to be certified complete.

GDFM Tutorials

The GDFM tutorials are conducted once a quarter (after the weekend workshops) and are based on the theme of the FMMC module of that particular quarter. Each trainee is assigned to a tutorial group of 8-10 mentored by 2-3 GDFM tutors. Trainees are to arrange with their respective tutor for the tutorial at a mutually agreed location and time. There are a total of 8 tutorials for the 2 year course and all tutorials are compulsory. Trainees are required to sign on the tutorial attendance sheet.


  • Case Discussion

Each quarter, trainees in the tutorial group are to take turns to upload a case review to the e-Learning website for discussion.

  • Quarterly MCQ Assessment

Each quarter, trainees are required to log on to the e-Learning website and complete the MCQ assessment pertaining to the module covered in the quarter.

GDFM Courses

The GDFM Practice Management Courses emphasize on basic clinical diagnostic and management skills essential to general practice and will be conducted in the two years. The 3 GDFM courses are:

1. Principle of Family Medicine & Practice Management Skills Course (P&P)

There are 6 units of study delivered through distance learning, e-Learning case scenarios and one afternoon session of workshop. The e-Learning case scenarios are conducted on-line via the e-Learning website.

  • Unit 1: Principles of Family Practice (1)
  • Unit 2: Principles of Family Practice (2)
  • Unit 3: Managing the Practice
  • Unit 4: Computer Use & Literature Search
  • Unit 5: Financial Management
  • Unit 6: Practice Audit

2. Consultation, Communication & Counselling Skills Course (CCC)

There 6 units of study delivered through distance learning, e-Learning case scenarios and two afternoon sessions of workshops. The e-Learning case scenarios are conducted on-line via the e-Learning website.

  • Unit 1: Communication in Clinical Practice
  • Unit 2: Counselling Skills
  • Unit 3: Behaviour Change
  • Unit 4: Talking to Children
  • Unit 5: Stress Management & Counselling
  • Unit 6: Counselling of the dying & Bereaved

3. Professionalism, Ethics & Law Skills Course (PEL)

There are 6 units of study delivered through distance learning, e-Learning case scenarios and three afternoon sessions of workshops. The e-Learning case scenarios are conducted on-line via the e-Learning website.

  • Unit 1: Professionalism and Ethics
  • Unit 2: Law and Practice
  • Unit 3: Medical Records & Confidentiality
  • Unit 4: Notification & Dispensing
  • Unit 5: Practice Issues, Advertising, PHMC Act
  • Unit 6: Setting Up Practice

GDFM Clinical Revision Course (CRC)

Trainees are required to complete the GDFM Clinical Revision Course in the same year in which they will be taking the GDFM examination. Trainees are to ensure that they have fulfilled all the requirements of the GDFM programme before attempting on this course. In the event that a trainee needs to retake the revision course, he/she would be liable to pay for the applicable course fees.

The GDFM Clinical Revision Course aims to prepare trainees for the GDFM examinations and is divided into 2 parts:

1.Written Paper Mock Exam (To be completed via the e-Learning website)

The written paper mock exam consists of:

  • Applied Knowledge Test (MCQ), and
  • Key Features

2.Problems Clinical Mock Exam (OSCE)

The OSCE mock exam is conducted via face-to-face session, usually on Saturday afternoon(s), and covers:

  • Briefing on GDFM OSCE Examination
  • OSCE Demonstration
  • OSCE Mock Exercise for Trainees
  • Feedback Session

Family Practice Skills Course (FPSC) – One Compulsory Elective

(Fees not included in GDFM programme fee)

Trainees may choose to do any 1 of the FPSC conducted by the College of Family Physicians Singapore to be counted as electives under the GDFM programme. Typically each FPSC consists of:

  • Distance learning course – 6 units published in the Singapore Family Physician Journal with MCQ test
  • Two afternoon seminars
  • One clinical teaching session
  • Reading papers: A selection of 10 papers will be presented. Course participants are advised to choose up to five for self-study.

Components may vary from course to course. Trainees are required to fulfill all the required components of the FPSC.

GDFM Examination

The examination is conducted by the DGMS, NUS in June/July and consists of:

  • Written Paper
    1. Applied Knowledge Test (MCQ) paper. 2 hours
    2. Key Feature Problems, 1 hour
  • Skills Assessment by OSCE (Objectively Structured Clinical Examination), 2 hours

Examination fees are payable to Division of Graduate Medical Studies, NUS when applying for examinations.

GDFM Course Fee

College Member:

S$ 6,905.33*

Non-College Member:

S$ 8,294.03*

*Course fees stated are inclusive of GST. Course fee does not include the fees for Family Practice Skills Course, BCLS and examination.


Registration is open till:

  • 21 April 2017 (for doctors applying for MOH Subsidy)
  • 12 May 2017 (for doctors not applying for MOH Subsidy)

Documents to submit for registration:

  • Application form
  • 1 Passport photo
  • Cheque payment (only accpet cheque / cashier order)
  • Photocopy of NRIC / Employment Pass (front and back)

Refund Policy

  1. CFPS will charge applicant a non-refundable registration fee of S$1,070 (inclusive of 7% GST) if the request for withdrawal from the course is made in writting by 30 June 2017.
  2. Strictly no refund of fees on or after 1 July 2017.


Academic year starts from the date of Commencement Ceremony on 29 July 2017.