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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 in terms of the psychological sequelae including anxiety, depression, traumatic stress symptoms, feelings of loss and grief. The process of healing and recovery needs to address both physical as well as the psychosocial issues faced by each affected individual. As we also move into the HealthierSG initiative as a country, we need to attend to the comprehensive needs of individual and our population at large. In this regard, 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 that comes under our care. Our programme aims to train psychiatrists in the management of a wide range of psychiatric conditions to meet Singapore's present and future mental health needs as well as the promotion of psychological well-being.

The NHG National Psychiatry Residency Programme is a 5-year training programme that equips each resident with individualised and progressive responsibilities to manage patients in acute hospital and community settings. The nature of psychiatry has undergone immense transformation over the years, with advances in neurosciences and biological disciplines throwing light on the possible aetiological basis of psychiatric disorders and now with added impetus for digitalization, personalized and precision medicine. We believe that the practice of psychiatry requires the accumulation and distillation of understanding from different and diverse disciplines such as biological sciences, clinical medicine, social sciences such as psychology, and the humanities. The compact yet broad-based training curriculum within this programme thus ensures a firm foundation in the theoretical underpinnings of psychiatric disorders, which is accompanied by clinical experience and close supervision in diverse local treatment settings.

Programme Faculty

Programme Director

A/Prof Sim Kang (IMH)

Associate Programme Director

Dr Tan Ming Yee Giles (IMH)
Dr Lau Boon Jia (IMH)
Dr Kee Wun Yoke Janine (TTSH)
Dr Cheang Ka Man (KTPH)
Dr Alakananda Gudi (SGH)
Dr Tabitha Mok (CGH)
Dr Celine Wong (NUH)
Dr Aaron Meng (NTFGH)
Dr Seow Su Yin (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 Chang Wai Leng Cheryl (NUH)

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)