2021 SMSANZ Sign Language Programme

The SMSANZ Sign Language Programme is the first initiative of its kind in SMSANZ’s slate of projects. This event was started due to the lack of Sign Language awareness in the medical community and the high demand that members have towards learning Sign Language. This would better equip medical students with the necessary skills to communicate with patients, especially towards the hard of hearing. Medical students would thus have the confidence and know-how on how to approach and treat a person who is hard of hearing, providing a higher level of quality care. 

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide our members with an opportunity to learn Basic Sign Language (BSL)
  • To increase the awareness of the deaf community and sign language amongst medical professionals .
  • To allow our members to learn how to properly approach and treat patients who are hard of hearing.

Hello Participants! Here’s everything you need to know about the programme and how to register! Please feel free to email us at events@smsanz.sg for any queries

Eligibility Criteria for Participation

  • Genuinely Interested in understanding more about Basic Sign Language
  • Willing to actively learn about the deaf community and the importance of sign language amongst medical professionals

How to register? 

Date and Time of Sign Language Programme

Lesson No.1st Lesson2nd Lesson
Date2nd of October3rd of October
Time11am – 1230pm (SGT)9am – 1030am (SGT)
Lesson ContentDeaf awareness, alphabets sign language and commonly-used wordsSimple medical terms and greetings/phrases 

Event Timeline 

Day 1: 2nd October 2021

Time (SGT)Activity
1100Introduction + Attendance taking
1110Handover to trainers
1115 Deaf Awareness
1125Alphabets in sign language
1155Short Break 
1200Practice + Commonly used words
1225Debrief, Q&A
1230End of Session

Day 2: 3rd October 2021

Time (SGT)Activity
0900Introduction + Attendance taking
0910Handover to trainers + Recap
0915Learning simple medical terms
0955Short Break 
1025Debrief, Q&A, Feedback 
1030End of Session