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General Surgery

​NHG General Surgery Residency Programme

Resident's Talk

"Our program focuses on perfecting one’s craft through the pursuit of excellence - made possible with an immense case load with a good mix of elective and emergency cases, and also the safe and supportive environment."

Dr Nicholette Goh
Graduate, 2023


​"The perennial question: If given a choice, will I choose this programme again? The undoubted answer: Yes! Borrowing a quote from Atul Gawande: Better is possible. It does not take genius. It takes diligence, moral clarity, ingenuity and above all, a willingness to try. Through diligence and sheer willingness to try, by both seniors and juniors alike, we have improved the culture of learning through the years. The programme has taught me to be a better surgeon and doctor, more than I have ever imagined so."

– Dr Joseph Lo, Graduate, 2015

 “General surgery was an ideal match for me considering the broad experience that I knew would be afforded to me as a resident. The legacy of the programme was evident in its faculty and current residents when I was applying and recognised that our programme would give me the opportunities to develop a successful future.”

- Dr Pravin Lingam, Graduate, 2018


"What struck me the most was the genuine camaraderie among the residents. In a specialty with a work environment that is traditionally very competitive with everyone trying to outdo each other, where the daily work is extremely busy with long exhausting hours — people here somehow still manage to look out for each other. We have perhaps the most diversified group of surgeons and trainees here. We may come from different cultures, races and backgrounds, yet at work we are one big happy family. These are the people whom, even after spending the whole week at work together, I would still choose to hang out with in my free time. I feel at home here in the NHG residency programme."

 – Dr Nor Alia, Graduate, 2021

"The NHG General Surgery residency programme has provided me with a myriad of opportunities within a nurturing environment, enabling me to attain my fullest potential as a surgeon."

- Dr Charleen Yeo, Graduate, 2022

"An eminent Prof once said "If we can see further than others, it's because we stand on shoulders of giants". The General Surgery training journey is known to be one of the toughest around, but the people whom you walk this journey with can make it all worthwhile. NHG GS provides a nurturing environment with abundant caseloads that allows me to blossom as a surgeon. In NHG, the spirit of mentorship has transformed into a culture that is passed down the generations. Most of all, it is the precious friendships it has gifted me that made this journey memorable and precious. The programme has bettered me as an individual beyond just my career. To me, NHG GS is my home away from home"

- Dr Sheena Phua, Graduate, 2023