About ResidencyAbout Residency

Started in 2010, postgraduate medical education in Singapore has since successfully transitioned to the new Residency system. The Residency brings along significant enhancements to the postgraduate training system, with an increased emphasis on structured and formative training. Some of the components include:

System: Institutional structures that accord resources for training and education;

Curricula: Planned learning experiences with well-defined curricula for trainees to develop core competencies, enabling them to take on progressive graded responsibilities;

Assessment: Regular formative assessments to ensure trainees achieve core competencies at each stage of learning;

People: Designated core faculty with protected time to plan curricula, guide and supervise trainees and perform formative assessments.

All our Sponsoring Institutions and many of our programmes have been successfully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education International (ACGME-I).

Surgical Specialties
PathwaySurgical Specialties Pathway

Graduating students and beyond are eligible to apply for General Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery.

House Officers/Transition year residents and beyond are eligible to apply for Neurosurgery, Urology Cardiothoracic Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery.

After obtaining a General Surgery accreditation, candidates may further apply for training in Paediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Urology.

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Medical Specialties PathwayMedical Specialties Pathway

Those who are accepted into Internal Medicine (IM) Residency will be required to undergo generic training for 3 years.

At the end of their common Internal Medicine training, they will either

(a) Enter subspecialty training

(b) Continue with Internal Medicine

Those who obtain Internal Medicine accreditation may enter subspecialty training to be dually accredited.

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Entry of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) into Singapore
Residency TrainingEntry of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) into Singapore Residency Training

The chart below shows the application and matching to enter residency training.

IMG Specialist Trainees

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who are currently residents or specialist trainees in the Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, and US can apply to enter into the residency programmes. If accepted and successfully matched, the Programme Directors for the specialty will upon review of their competency and training, peg them to the equivalent training year in Singapore. For example US trained doctors with the Internal Medicine Board qualification (ABIM) can enter into senior residency in the Internal Medicine related specialties eg Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology. UK trained doctors who have a national training number can enter into the corresponding equivalent year in our residency training system.


Non-trainees whether they are in Singapore or overseas are not equivalent to residents or trainees for the structured training programme. Passing postgraduate exams alone without undergoing a formal structured or accredited training programme does not indicate that competency milestones in training have been reliably reached to ensure that training standards, level of competency and completeness of training is attained. Hence non-trainees will start from Residency Year One if they are accepted and matched. As such, Singaporean IMGs interested in applying for residency training are advised to return to Singapore as soon as they complete their medical studies.

If you are an IMG doctor (inflight trainee or a non-trainee) who wish to apply for residency and require further information, please refer to the Contact Us page for our contact information. back to top

Clinician Scientists
PathwayClinician Scientists Pathway

Clinician Scientist residency tracks are under the purview of the Specialists Accreditation Board (SAB) research committee. Please visit the SAB website for requirements.

Specialties with
Co-PaymentsSpecialties with Co-Payments

A co-payment is levied on residents in highly subscribed specialties. For more information on the list of specialties and the payment amounts, please refer to the SAB website.

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