The SingHealth Hand Surgery Residency Program is a six-year program that will equip you to be a proficient Hand Surgeon. Affiliated to a nationwide Hand Surgery specialist training program that is a world-first, Residents are trained to manage all conditions affecting hand and upper limb function.
At SingHealth, we nurture our Residents to be technically competent and to have a strong grounding in knowledge and concept. We expect them to be dynamic so as to develop important cognitive processes that will make them excellent Hand Surgeons. We aim to produce Hand Surgeons who are strong clinically and academically; in research as well as education.
If you are passionate about Hand Surgery and perseverance and attention to detail describes you, you may like to consider a career in Hand Surgery with us. You are invited to join the program after completing either your Transitional Year (TY) or Housemanship. You can also apply for the program in your TY or Housemanship Year.
Why Join SingHealth Hand Surgery Residency Program
Close-knit Faculty, personalized mentorship
Learn from outstanding and dedicated Faculty who are fellowship-trained at internationally renowned centers of excellence in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. A close-knit team, our Faculty will ensure that you receive personalized mentorship along your journey to becoming a competent Hand Surgeon.
Great scope of surgical case mix
As the nation’s largest and leading public healthcare cluster, SingHealth offers a diverse case mix with our network of two hospitals, five national specialty centers and nine polyclinics. We offer a comprehensive span of patient cases, ranging from routine cases to rare and complex conditions, giving Residents infinite learning opportunities.
Renowned research and innovation
There are extensive opportunities for you to embark on basic and translational research, supported by the Wrist Analysis Research Laboratory and the Surgery Academic Clinical Program (ACP)’s Biomechanics Laboratory. If you have a passion for research, the Hand Surgery Residency Program offers you a well-structured pathway to become a dedicated Clinician Scientist.
Robust teaching program and bright opportunities
Our Residents will benefit from a well-organized teaching program incorporating the specialist Hand Surgery National Training Program. Residents can also join the regular activities organized by the Chapter of Hand Surgeons and the Singapore Society of Hand Surgery. These will provide ample education opportunities for you and your peers.
The SingHealth Hand Surgery Residency Program provides Residents with maximum exposure to all aspects of Hand and Microsurgical Reconstructive Limb Surgery. This includes, but is not limited to, Trauma Surgery, Replantation Surgery, Reconstructive and Flap Surgery, Nerve and Paralytic Surgery and Wrist Surgery.
The first two years in the curriculum will focus on Surgery-in-General with rotations in General Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery. This is followed by four years of specialization in Hand Surgery where you will be attached to the SGH Hand Surgery Department.
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Clinician Scientist Track
Residents interested in pursuing the Clinician Scientist track can further extend their research period to pursue Masters or PhD degrees. After graduation, they are expected to spend at least 50% of their time involved in research as a Clinician Scientist.
There are also opportunities to further your career in medical education for those interested in becoming Clinical Educators.
SingHealth is the largest and leading public healthcare cluster in Singapore. The upcoming Sengkang General Hospital, slated for completion in 2018, will provide a wider case mix in addition to the current centers in Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). Ample opportunities for career advancement abound for our future specialists.
Our graduates would qualify to be Associate Consultants in Hand Surgery in any of the hospitals in Singapore. In addition, they will find it easy to secure international fellowship training in Hand Surgery where they may want to focus on subspecialty areas, which include, but are not limited to, Wrist, Micro-reconstruction, Congenital, Oncology, Brachial Plexus and Trauma or Joint Replacement.
Assoc Prof Vincent Tay Shian Chao
Senior Consultant Hand Surgeon and Director of Wrist Service, SGH
Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
Director of Clinical Research, Surgery ACP, SingHealth
Director, Surgery ACP Biomechanics Laboratory, SingHealth
Director, Wrist Analysis Research Laboratory