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Respiratory Medicine

​NHG Respiratory Medicine Residency Programme

Resident's Talk

“I chose respiratory medicine as its scope is wide and diverse with the opportunity for procedures as well as the practice of critical care medicine...”

Dr Ruth Chang

​Introduction Message

Doctors who specialise in Respiratory Medicine diagnose and treat conditions affecting the respiratory system. Our programme trains the resident to become a specialist in providing care for patients with a spectrum of respiratory diseases.

Our comprehensive 3-year NHG Respiratory Medicine Residency Programme is designed to provide the resident with the training, experience, and resources for his/her development as a respiratory physician. Respiratory Medicine is no doubt an exciting, dynamic, and rewarding specialty, with its modern form encompassing the specialties of critical care and sleep medicine. It is one of the few specialties that offer the opportunity for dual accreditations in respiratory and intensive care medicine.

The intensive care unit is a complex and challenging environment because its practice of high-tech medicine is juxtaposed with ethical, legal, psychosocial, economic, and cultural issues. On the other hand, sleep medicine relates to the study of the most fundamental, but often neglected, activity in our daily lives – sleep. In fact, the physiological and pathological processes that occur in the sleep state are deeply linked to many disease states beyond that of respiratory sleep disorders. The resident will learn to manage the complexities of a patient's breathing patterns in his/her waking and sleeping states.

Most of the training will take place at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and NHG's participating site, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH). The dedicated and experienced teaching faculty from these hospitals will ensure that the resident receives the highest standard of training, experience, and guidance.

Programme Faculty

​Programme Director

​Dr Xu Huiying (TTSH)

​Associate Programme Director

​Dr Tan Sze Khen (KTPH)

​Clinical Core Faculty Member

​Dr Puah Ser Hon
Dr Chai Gin Tsen
Dr Sim Wenyuan
Dr Jonathan Venkatachalam
Dr Adeline Teh
Dr Caroline Choong
Dr Pipetius Quah
Dr Glenn Yong

Programme Partners

The programme is primarily conducted by the Departments of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH).


We have dedicated Respiratory Physiology and Sleep Medicine Laboratories. The resident will undertake bronchoscopy simulation training at the Simulation and Integrated Medical Training Advancement Centre (SIMTAC) before attending live bronchoscopy sessions at the endoscopy suite. The Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine is responsible for the care of patients in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), High Dependency Unit (HDU), and Non-Invasive Ventilation Unit (NIVU). Furthermore, there are dedicated outpatient clinics and wards for respiratory medicine. The Tuberculosis control unit (TBCU) is a national centre for the treatment and management of tuberculosis where the resident will rotate during his/her training.