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​NHG Anaesthesiology Programme

Resident's Talk

"The Anaesthesiology Residency Programme has been a very rewarding journey thus far..."

Dr Norman Tan Zhi Peng


The NHG Residency Programme offers a five-year programme in Anaesthesiology.

The first three years of the programme aim to maximise the resident’s clinical exposure to various subspecialties of Anaesthesiology.

Year 1 is geared towards laying a strong foundation in the basic principles of Anaesthesiology. It starts with a month-long Orientation that provides the resident with individualised, hands-on teaching by a dedicated faculty member in the operating theatre, as well as daily didactic lectures and interactive workshops. This is followed by three months of Foundational Training where the resident will learn to master basic airway and technical skills, and gain confidence in caring for patients in the peri-operative environment. The resident will then start to be exposed to various subspecialty areas during dedicated training blocks, as he/she develops his/her skills further.

Years 2 and 3 are designed for exposure to more challenging and complex cases, through subspecialty training blocks and clinical modular training. This will allow the resident to appreciate the nuances of the various subspecialties, as well as hone his/her advanced skills and judgment. The resident’s third year will culminate in an elective posting of his/her choice, where he/she has the opportunity to further his/her clinical or subspecialty interests.

Years 4 and 5 (the Senior Residency years) will facilitate the resident’s continued growth into an Anaesthesia specialist and leader in the operating theatre. The resident’s daily work and training will afford him/her ample opportunity to develop an independent style of practice and pursue his/her clinical, education, and research interests. During this time, the resident will continue to be mentored by our specialists on the finer points of honing clinical and non-technical skills, leadership style and ability to manage complex situations and crises.


A sample rotation chart for one of our residents is illustrated below:

Teaching Activities

Our teaching programme is comprehensive and rigorous. We conduct case discussions, journal clubs, evidence-based reviews, and morbidity and mortality meetings weekly for departmental learning. Our intensive examination-based tutorials and viva sessions by our specialists, some of whom are examiners themselves, have led excellent performance by our residents. We also conduct modular teaching sessions during protected teaching time to systematically cover all subspecialty topics.

Our specialists share our expertise with the region through conducting subspecialty courses. Among others, there are the TTSH Neuro Anaesthesia course, BASIC course for intensive care medicine and Difficult Airway workshop. Our residents are highly encouraged to attend these and other relevant local and overseas conferences to keep abreast of developments in modern day evidence-based anaesthesia. All residents in the NHG Residency will also attend courses defined by the Common Core Curriculum to ensure their holistic development as physicians.

Our programme makes use of simulation methods in our curriculum to develop well-rounded clinicians adept at technical aspects of the specialty, as well as having skills such as, professionalism, good interpersonal communication, leadership and collegiality. Each resident will undergo regular formative assessments matched to the ACGME-I Core Competencies to ensure his/her systematic progression. As the resident progresses in training, he/she will also start to impart his/her knowledge. The resident will develop skills as an educator through the teaching and supervision of junior residents, nurses, and medical students.

Scholarly Activities

Our residents are actively involved in scholarly and research activities. There is a wealth of opportunity for research in both departments and residents will undergo mentoring with experienced faculty members in their area of interest.

A large number of our departments' projects have been successfully presented at regional or international conferences, and published in peer-reviewed journals worldwide.

"We held our inaugural Research Day in Feb 2018 where our residents have the opportunity to present their research projects as well as to attend talks from experts regarding research methodology and conduct. In addition, a forum was also held for our faculty to share their invaluable experience in research with our residents."

​Poster Presentations by our residents at various conferences