Health Professions Education (HPEd) refers to the spectrum of educational activities that prepare healthcare professionals (including doctors, nurses, and allied-health professionals) for practice and continuous professional development. 

With the rapidly aging population and the increasing complexity of the healthcare system in Singapore, it is imperative that healthcare professionals are capable of delivering integrated, team-based and patient-centred care to enable optimal health outcomes.

IGA is dedicated to advancing health professions education and practice through research. Areas of focus include interprofessional education & collaborative practice, qualitative and mixed methods research, innovations in curriculum & pedagogy, and evidence-based medicine in the elderly.

Our overarching goal is to engage in good quality and relevant research using a plurality of methods to ultimately answer the holy grail question of "What improvements in health professions education will lead to better health for individuals and populations?"

Here are some studies that have been conducted:

Transactive Memory

Transactive Memory System

Transactive Memory System (TMS) was used as a measure of interprofessional collaboration in a multidisciplinary geriatric team (MDR). Results had shown that team knowledge and processes are major operational dimensions. TMR is a reliable and valid measure of interprofessional collaborative practice in the context of MDRs in Geriatric Medicine.

Cynefin Framework

Cynefin Framework

Interprofessional Team Meeting (IPTM) provides an important platform for the team to come together to discuss patients with multifaceted needs and formulate a shared care plan. Cynefin framework can be used to equip team leaders and members with contextual awareness so that discursive strategies can be matched to enhance communication and decision-making.