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NHG Ophthalmology Residency Programme

Resident's Talk

“I am fascinated by the intricacy of the human eye and how it functions as a natural window to the rest of the body.”

Dr Koh Yan Tong
Senior Resident


The first year of residency includes various preparatory courses such as patient communication and microsurgical courses. There is also protected time for training and education, which will take the form of didactic lectures, wet laboratory sessions, and patient encounters. The resident can expect clinical practice although the emphasis is on the more emergent eye conditions.

During Years 2 to 4 of residency, the resident will rotate among the different subspecialties to increase his/her exposure to a wide variety of ophthalmological diseases. This rotation will be done in a step-wise approach, such that the resident progressively spends more time in subspecialty clinics and operating theatres as he/she becomes more senior. In his/her final year, the resident will be able to independently perform most run-of-the-mill procedures and surgeries, while also supervising junior residents through simple ones.



Teaching Activities

We have teaching activities scheduled almost every day. These may be grand ward rounds, journal clubs, subspecialty rounds, pathology rounds, radiological rounds, and even surgical video rounds. All of these activities are conducted by faculty members, who are most willing to share their clinical expertise.



Research Opportunities:

With an ever-growing research culture here at NHG Ophthalmology, the resident will have ample opportunity to perform clinically significant research. Many of our alumni and current residents have been to reputable overseas conferences to present their research papers. Our senior staff will mentor and guide each resident through this process.


Professional Development

There is a need for more consultant ophthalmologists in Singapore. The department may offer an associate consultant position to a resident upon his/her successful completion of the residency programme. The resident may choose to do a fellowship in one of these subspecialties under the umbrella of Ophthalmology:

  • Cornea
  • Glaucoma
  • Anterior segment
  • Vitreo-retina
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Uveitis
  • Oculoplastics
  • Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus