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Psychiatry

NHG ​Psychiatry Residency Programme

Resident's Talk

"The heart, body and mind of the medical practice may be embodied by its various medical and surgical disciplines, but it is in Psychiatry that the soul, and the humanity, of the practice is found. Of this I am convinced."

Dr Arvind Rajagopalan
Chief Resident

Introduction Message

It has been said that there is “no health without mental health". Indeed, the recent COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the world, including Singapore, has brought to the fore the human face of any medical condition, highlighting the psychological sequelae such as anxiety, depression, traumatic stress symptoms, and feelings of loss and grief. The process of healing and recovery must address both physical and psychosocial issues faced by each affected individual. As we advance into the HealthierSG initiative as a country, we need to continue to attend to the comprehensive needs of individuals and our population at large, including their mental health.

Psychiatry is a complex discipline requiring the accumulation and distillation of understanding from diverse fields such as biological sciences, clinical medicine, social sciences like psychology, and the humanities. The practice of Psychiatry calls for a holistic approach that combines the art and science of medicine in the evaluation and management of each patient under our care. It is also fast-evolving, having undergone immense transformation over the years, with advances in neurosciences and biological disciplines illuminating the possible aetiological basis of psychiatric disorders and guiding breakthroughs in management. We now have an added impetus for digitalization, personalized, and precision medicine.

The NHG National Psychiatry Residency Programme is a 5-year training programme that curates a combination of core and elective clinical postings across various settings. Our programme aims to train psychiatrists in managing a wide range of psychiatric conditions to meet Singapore's present and future mental health needs and to promote psychological well-being. We aspire to inspire our graduates to continually pursue clinical and academic excellence, shaping the future of psychiatry with compassion, innovation, and a deep commitment to improving mental health care for all.

Our compact yet broad-based training curriculum ensures a firm foundation in the theoretical underpinnings of psychiatric disorders, accompanied by clinical experience and close supervision in diverse local treatment settings. With a strong focus on longitudinal growth, we prioritize supervision, formative feedback, and collaborative learning across diverse landscapes of practice in mental health. Our dedicated and committed faculty nurture passionate residents into competent psychiatrists, well-equipped to provide optimal care for patients amidst evolving mental health needs.

Join us in making a meaningful difference in the lives of our patients and the broader community!​​

Programme Faculty

Programme Director

A/Prof Sim Kang (IMH)

Associate Programme Director

Dr Alakananda Gudi (SGH)
Dr Cheang Ka Man (KTPH)
Dr Chang Wai Leng Cheryl (NUH)
Dr Kee Wun Yoke Janine (TTSH)
Dr Kiranjeet Kaur (NTFGH)
Dr Lan Zhongzheng (IMM)
Dr Tabitha Mok (CGH)
Dr Tan Ming Yee Giles (IMH)
Dr Tang Chao Tian (SKH)​

Clinical Core Faculty Member

Dr Chiam Peak Chiang (IMH)
Dr Harish Magadi Gopalakrishna (IMH)
Dr Ong Say How (IMH)
Dr Alias Lijo (IMH)
Dr Gomathinayagam Kandasami (IMH)
Dr Habeebul Rahman S/O Sahul Hameed (TTSH)
Dr Cecilia Kwok Sze Nga (SGH)
Dr Leonard Eng Yong Tai (SGH)
Dr Tan Lay Ling (CGH)
Dr Sanjiv Nair (CGH)
Dr Ong Jun Yan (IMH)


Programme Partners

  • Institute of Mental Health (IMH)
  • Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)
  • Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH)
  • National University Hospital (NUH)
  • Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
  • Changi General Hospital (CGH)
  • Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH)
  • KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH)
  • SengKang General Hospital (SKH)