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About 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). 

Sponsoring Institutions (SI) are groups of hospitals that offer the various Residency training programmes. Presently there are three sponsoring Institutions – SingHealth, National University Health System (NUHS) and National Healthcare Group (NHG). For details on the specific Residency programmes offered by each SI, kindly follow the link provided to the individual residency websites. ​

Sponsoring Institution ​SingHealth ​National University Health System (NUHS) ​National Health Group (NHG)
Participating hospitals ​Changi General Hospital

KK Women's and Children's Hospital

Singapore General Hospital

Sengkang General Hospital
Alexandra Hospital​

National University Hospital

Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
Institute of Mental Health

Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital

Tan Tock Seng Hospital

​Medical 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 IM training, they will either:

  1. Enter subspecialty training 
  2. Continue with Internal Medicine 
Those who obtain Internal Medicine accreditation may enter subspecialty training to be dually accredited.

Surgical Specialties Pathways

House Officers and Medical Officers are eligible to apply for Cardiothoracic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Neurosurgery, Paediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Urology​.


International Medical Graduates​ (IMGs)​​

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


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.​

Clinician Scientist Pathway

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

Specialties with Co-payment

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​.