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What are the factors considered when selecting residents?

We consider a variety of factors, including your performance in previous clinical rotations, electives, Student-Internship Programme, Curriculum Vitae, personal statement and interview performance. We would like to emphasize that selection will be based purely on individual merit. We will consider all applicants equally - regardless of whether they are medical students from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, current House-Officers or Medical Officers.

How many residents will we take in 2011?

Just like in 2010, MOHH will make the final decision with regards to the number of residents posted to each of the Sponsoring Institutions. We have asked for a significant increase in the number of residents we want to take in 2011, and are awaiting MOHH’s decision.

How is the training organized?

Our residents will start by doing 4 months of Internal Medicine and 4 months of General Surgery as required by MOH. This will be followed by 3-monthly rotations for the duration of the program. Core postings include Neurology, Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Our residents also have a choice of subspecialty postings, e.g. Oncology, Gastroenterology, Haematology, Rheumatology, Dermatology, Geriatrics, Infectious Disease, Renal Medicine, Endocrinology, Rehabilitative Medicine, etc. These 3-monthly rotations capitalize on the strength of Singhealth’s subspecialty departments, to ensure that our residents maximize their learning of subspecialty medicine in a more intensive 3-month block format.

What are the strengths of the Singhealth Residency Program?

With the relatively compressed training program, we feel that it is important for our residents to receive adequate breadth and depth of clinical exposures, so that they can be competent Registrars. This is where we are strongest in – we have the largest number of clinical subspecialties, largest number of senior clinicians, and largest patient population. This provides unrivalled opportunities to rapidly gain clinical experience, as well as to hone basic and advanced procedural skills to be an excellent clinician.

Fellowship/Advanced Specialty Training - We also recognize that one of the main goals of residency is to prepare you for your fellowship/advanced specialty training. With the large number of clinical subspecialty departments across the Singhealth Institutions (SGH, CGH, NNI, NHC, NCC), we are confident that Singhealth will be able to support your training and subsequent career.

How do we support our residents in their training?

We are committed to nurturing our residents to fulfil their potential to be excellent all-rounded clinicians. Each resident is assigned to a senior clinician in the core faculty as his/her personal mentor, to guide the resident throughout the entire residency program. In addition, each resident is also assigned to one of our 5 Chief Residents, who is responsible for looking after the well-being of the resident, as well as to provide a listening ear.

A major improvement from the traditional training program is that our residents’ progress in training will be monitored closely with regular formative assessments. This allows regular feedback to be given, as well as corrective action to be taken so ensure that our residents grow and develop progressively throughout the program.

What structured teaching programme do our residents go through?

All our new residents go through a 20-session Foundation Course in the first 3 months, which facilitates this transition by going through a variety of real-life case scenarios that they will encounter in the wards. Our residents attend 2 mandatory lunch-time teaching sessions per week over the entire duration of their residency program, which is designed to address a wide spectrum of clinical and professional topics. In addition to these Division-wide sessions, our residents also attend comprehensive subspecialty specific teaching sessions run by the respective departments that they are rotated to.
Moreover, a wide variety of courses, workshops and simulation-training are conducted by Singhealth Academy throughout the year for our residents to participate based on their individual interests and learning needs.

MRCP Exam Preparation - We recognize the need for our residents to take and pass the MRCP exams earlier that their predecessors. As such, we have included MRCP-specific training sessions before each of the components of the MRCP Exams, i.e. MRCP Part 1, Part 2 and PACES Exams. In particular, our residents will be put through our highly-regarded PACES preparatory course, which we have been conducting annually since 2002.

E-learning - Advances in information technology have provided us with innovative ways to deliver medical education to our residents. Our weekly lecture sessions are posted on the internet via Blackboard® to allow our residents to review at a time and place of their convenience, as well as to practice on the accompanying MCQs or to interact online with our faculty. We have also started using New Innovations web-based software to manage residency training, including evaluations, portfolios and case logs.

Last Modified Date :27 Aug 2010