Medical Oncology at a Glance
Cancer is the leading cause of death in the developed world, and its incidence continues to rise due to the lack of effective treatment for patients with advanced metastatic diseases.
The Medical Oncology Senior Residency Program at SingHealth/ National Cancer Centre Singapore aims to provide comprehensive training in the diagnosis, management and continued care of cancer patients, as well as develop and support young investigators in clinical and/or laboratory-based cancer research.
If you wish to work in a specialty with many new and exciting developments, choose Medical Oncology.
A Word from Our Program Director
On behalf of the department of Medical Oncology, National Cancer Centre Singapore, I wish to thank you for your interest in our SingHealth/ National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) Medical Oncology Senior Residency Training Program. I would like to share with you a brief overview of our program.
As part of our institutional effort to achieve ACGME-I accreditation for our Residency Program, National Cancer Centre Singapore will be spear-heading our efforts in developing a world-class training program fulfilling our centre’s vision as a Global Leading Cancer Centre. The department of medical oncology NCCS has seen a period of tremendous growth in research and service in the last decade. NCCS houses the largest medical oncology department in the country with more than 30 consultant physicians. We provide sub-specialty based oncology care for all types of cancers including uncommon cancers such as sarcoma, brain tumors and neuro-endocrine cancers. Additionally, we manage the largest population of lymphoma patients in the country and maintain an active autologous transplant service. On the research front, Medical Oncology consistently ranks as one of the most academically productive departments in Singapore with strong collaborations with various research organizations within and outside of Outram campus leading to numerous papers being published in high impact journals. Our desire for improved outcomes for our patients have also led to a robust development and participation in clinical trials offering innovative therapies to patients in the phase I/II/III setting.
We offer a 3 year Medical Oncology Training Program of which the first 2 years will be accredited by ACGME-I. In the first 2 years, Senior Residents will be rotated through the 4 sub-specialized teams (including our transplant unit) covering the entire spectrum of medical oncology. Together with the subspecialty team of faculty members, Senior Residents will cover both the in- and out-patient service under the close supervision and training of faculty members. Alongside service, we provide a comprehensive weekly didactic core lecture program, led by faculty members, coupled with practical case-mix discussion to apply our knowledge in the clinical setting and weekly team-based journal clubs for an in-depth discussion on the latest development in each field. Weekly subspecialty multi-disciplinary tumor boards in NCCS provide an excellent forum for experts in each field of cancer to meet and discuss optimal management strategies for patients with complex cancers. In R5 year of Senior Residency, Residents are given the opportunity to spend at least 3 months on an elective research posting to further their interest in various aspects of cancer management.
Despite our growth and expansion, the Department of Medical Oncology NCCS continues to be a congenial group. Faculty members are friendly, approachable, and committed to fellow education. We see teaching and education as part of Medicine and a calling for each and every one of us.
Again, we appreciate your interest and look forward to hearing from you.
Dr Richard Quek
Department of Medical Oncology
National Cancer Centre Singapore
Why SingHealth Medical Oncology?
Well-Rounded Training Experience
The SingHealth/NCCS Medical Oncology Senior Residency Program is a highly structured program which offers a unique, comprehensive and well-rounded training experience.
Trainees will be exposed to the widest spectrum of oncology cases, from common cancers to rare tumors like sarcomas and brain tumors. You will also have the opportunity to work under the close mentorship of faculty members who are subspecialty experts and participate actively in regular subspecialty tumor board meetings where experts from the various disciplines meet to discuss the management of complex cases.
Learn from Leaders and Pioneers
NCCS’ Department of Medical Oncology has a strong tradition in medical education and several of our faculty members are national leaders and pioneers in training Oncologists.
At NCCS, trainees can also learn from experts via a range of training platforms, such the regular subspecialty, multi-disciplinary tumor board meetings, where experts from various disciplines meet to discuss management of complex cancer cases.
Access to Research Opportunities
On the research front, the Department of Medical Oncology consistently ranks as one of the most academically productive departments of its kind in Singapore. Our strong collaborations with various research organizations within and outside of the SingHealth Outram campus have led to numerous papers being published in high impact journals.
As a trainee, you will have access to vast research resources and opportunities to help you hone your clinical research skills and pursue your research interest.
Your Medical Oncology training will take place at SingHealth’s hospitals, namely the National Cancer Centre Singapore as well as the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). At the Senior Residency level you would work closely with our faculties and be given the opportunity to participate in the care of our cancer patients.
Our program consists of comprehensive and in-depth subspecialized Oncology training. Senior Residents will rotate every three months through 4 subspecialized oncology teams that cover the breath of Oncology to allow maximal exposure to common as well as rare cancers. The 4 teams include:
1. Gastrointestinal Cancers and Neuro-oncology
2. Women’s Cancers (including breast and gynecological cancers)
3. Thoracic (lung), head & neck cancers and genitourinary cancers
4. Lymphoma and sarcomas including autologous stem cell transplant unit
You will be assigned to both inpatient and outpatient clinics where you would be closely supervised by the Program Director and faculty members. Towards the end of the Residency, you will be given the opportunity to spend three months in an elective research posting to develop your own area of interest in research.
You can also choose to embark on the Clinician-Scientist pathway. In fact, several of our registrars in-training have simultaneously pursued their PhDs under the full support of our department.
Great career prospects await you upon completion of the Medical Oncology Senior Residency Program.
While the most established career path is that of a Clinician Practitioner, NCCS has developed distinct career tracks to cater to specific interests of every individual. This includes the Clinician Educator, Clinician Researcher and Clinician Administrator career tracks.
As you grow your specialist career in Medicine ACP, you will find a myriad of opportunities available in the areas of education and research.
Dr Richard Quek, Program Director, Medical Oncology, SingHealth Senior Residency Program Consultant, Medical Oncology, National Cancer Centre Singapore