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Orthopaedic Surgery

​NHG Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Programme

Resident's Talk

“Orthopaedic surgery offers a hands-on approach to problem solving..."

Dr Sean Ho
Senior Resident

Curriculum

Our programme allows for an integration of learning experiences across both Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. Fully immersed in the working environs of both departments, the resident plays active roles in the management of emergency and elective orthopaedic conditions in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
The art of orthopaedic surgery is taught in an apprentice type model by dedicated faculty. The resident’s progress is guided with regular evaluations to ensure that he/she achieves the necessary competencies. Help will always be provided. 

We also believe in fostering a vibrant learning environment through:

  • Providing protected time for regular didactic & interactive sessions for all residents    
  • Active involvement in collaborative research activities with opportunities to present your work at various local and overseas conferences
  • Nation-wide resident involvement in interactive weekly  Singapore Orthopaedic Association teaching sessions.
  • Multiple opportunities to participate in various courses – they include AO courses, ATLS courses, cadaveric surgical skills workshops, subspecialty-specific courses eg knee arthroscopy workshops
  • Active participation in regular department specific CME programmes

Below is a table that provides a general framework of the programme schedule.

NHG Ortho Compulsory Courses Roadmap:

The table below shows the general structure of our rotations from R1 to R6. The first year is spent in non-orthopaedic postings, building core general surgical knowledge and skills, after which the second year onwards would be predominantly orthopaedic postings.

General Structure of Rotations in NHG Ortho*


 *as of June 2020
**postings will be in a different cluster ie SingHealth or NUHS