The Neurosurgery specialty treats a range of traumas, diseases and conditions of the brain, central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as their supporting blood vessels and skeletal structures.
Our Residency offers a seven-year training program after completion of the internship or Transitional Year. It includes a unique fully funded research year in between the fourth and fifth year of your Residency training, so you can be assured of many fruitful learning opportunities with us.
You will be exposed to a wide spectrum of Neurosurgical conditions from all major Adult Neurosurgical subspecialty conditions to Pediatric Neurosurgery subspecialty as you get rotated through the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) campuses at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) as well as at our major participating site, Changi General Hospital (CGH).
Our goal for the program is to produce a group of Neurosurgeons who will lead the field in the future. If you are highly motivated, responsible, works well in a team and have a good attitude towards learning, Neurosurgery may be for you.
Why Join SingHealth Neurosurgery Residency Program
Progressive education and research program
Our educational program combines a wide range of clinical, technical, didactic as well as scientific training modules to provide you a robust and well-rounded experience. If you have a passion in research, you will be glad to know that our research program includes a year of fully funded research to equip Residents with a basic foundation in the principles of research.
Widest and most extensive case mix in Singapore
Our unique Residency program provides rotations through four different training institutions at SGH, TTSH, KKH and CGH. Rotations through these four hospitals will provide each Resident with a complete, well-rounded experience in General Neurosurgery as well as in the specific subspecialty fields such as Neuro-oncology, Neurovascular Surgery, Pediatric and Spine Surgery.
Outstanding Faculty; dedicated mentors
The Neurosurgery department is a close-knit group, who believes in providing a collegial and supportive learning environment. We welcome you to consider achieving your fullest potential as a medical professional by joining this unique subspecialty, which promises to offer you a challenging, rewarding and fulfilling career.
The depth of the seven-year SingHealth Neurosurgery Residency Program includes two years of Surgery-in-General and four years of clinical Neurosurgery. In this, Residents are rotated through SGH, TTSH, KKH and CGH offering full coverage across all aspects of Neurosurgery. The diverse curriculum includes Neurotrauma & Neurocritical Care, Neuro-oncology, Neurovascular Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Spine Surgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Epilepsy Surgery, Neuroendoscopy and Peripheral Nerve Surgery. In their 5th year, Residents will enjoy a year of fully funded research training in basic, translational or clinical research.
SAMPLE ROTATION CHART (click to enlarge)
Clinician Scientist Track
Residents interested in pursuing the Clinician Scientist pathway can further extend their research period to pursue a degree in Masters or PhD. There are also opportunities to pursue your career in medical education for those interested to become Clinical Educators.
Further information on the vast options for clinical research can be discussed in detail with members of our Neuroscience Academic Clinical Program (ACP).
Residency training is completed only after passing the FRCS (Surgical Neurology) examinations and finishing seven years of Residency training (including one year of research). The examinations are conducted by The Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh as part of a conjoined examination with the College of Surgeons in Hong Kong.
The title of Associate Consultant is given upon successful specialist accreditation and registration with the Specialists Accreditation Board and the Singapore Medical Council. During the two years as an Associate Consultant, there will be opportunities for further subspecialization in a particular field of interest in Neurosurgery.
Further fellowship training can also be carried out at an overseas center of excellence of your choice.
Dr David Low Chyi Yeu, Consultant, Department of Neurosurgery, NNI
Consultant, Neurosurgical Service, KKH