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If you enjoy problem-solving, working with your hands and making decisions in a dynamic environment, General Surgery may be right specialty for you. The SingHealth Residency General Surgery  Program  is a structured five-year program that will equip you with the medical knowledge, clinical skills and right attitudes of a proficient surgeon.

The program offers a seamless track to specialist surgical training to prepare your career as a surgeon. With comprehensive training, timely supervision, formative assessments and personalized mentoring, you can expect to progress from one postgraduate year to the next with greater empowerment to practice as a surgeon.

Our Subspecialty Areas   

·         Breast Surgery

·         Colorectal

·         Endoscopy

·         Head & Neck Surgery

·         Hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) & Transplant Surgery

·         Surgical Critical Care

·         Surgical Oncology

·         Thoracic Surgery

·         Trauma

·         Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract Surgery

·         Vascular Surgery


 Why Join SingHealth Residency General Surgery Program 

Broad Operative Experience
As the nation’s leading healthcare cluster, SingHealth handles the most number of patients in Singapore and performs an aggregate of 200,000 surgical operations every year. This means aspiring surgeons like you will have the chance to deal with a wide variety of cases and benefit from a broader operative experience.

Learn from Outstanding Mentors and Seniors
We have a talented pool of faculty who are recognized leaders in the surgical field. Our faculty have published and lectured extensively and are committed to medical and academic excellence. You will be learning from the best as you embark on your surgical career with us. You can also learn from and alongside seniors as you work as a member of a multidisciplinary healthcare team and participate in ward rounds, outpatient specialist clinics, as well as major and day surgeries.

Rigorous and Exciting Training Environment
With competency-based, structured assessments and regular feedback by mentors on your progress, you would be equipped to learn effectively and hone your skills as a surgeon. With the opening of Academia building within the Singhealth campus, you will also work in state-of-the-art training facilities, such as simulation trainers for endoscopic, laparoscopic and endovascular procedures.

Research Opportunities
You can look forward to various clinical and basic science research opportunities that develop your scientific inquiry skills, complement your clinical work, and enable you to translate results from bench to bedside.

With SingHealth Residency’s star competency, Faculty Development, your learning never stops. As a Resident, sharpen your surgical skills with the extensive operative experience, on-going core competencies workshops and conferences,  As you advance in your surgical career, our faculty development workshops will hone your leadership and administrative skills. 

The Curriculum

The SingHealth General Surgery Residency is a structured five-year program that will equip you with the medical knowledge, clinical skills and right attitudes of a proficient surgeon. The training curriculum comprises an excellent mix of clinical activities, didactic lectures and research opportunities in a conducive educational environment.

Surgery rotations take place at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and major participating site, Changi General Hospital (CGH).  You would learn at various junior and senior levels for the respective subspecialties, with opportunities to participate in complex procedures.

The SingHealth Residency General Surgery Program offers a seamless track to specialist surgical training. You can choose from a wide range of surgical electives, including Burns, Pediatric Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Gynecology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic, Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery and Urology.




Clinician-Scientist Track

Residents who wish to develop themselves in the area of clinical research have the opportunity to pursue research through the Clinician-Scientist Track during their Residency training. As Surgery is an Academic Clinical Program with four established career tracks for doctors (clinician-practitioner, clinician-investigator, clinician-educator and clinician-administrator), residents can pursue a clinician-investigator career should they have the aptitude for research following the completion of their Residency training.

Career Prospects

SingHealth has a rich legacy in medical education. Many well- known surgeons in the country have received their training at SingHealth, with some going on to take on leadership roles in various organizations.


Program Director

Dr Tan Ngian Chye, Senior Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology, NCCS


Physician Faculty


Contact Details

Email: GSResidency@singhealth.com.sg



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