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Emergency Medicine

​NHG Emergency Medicine Residency Programme

Resident's Talk

"Emergency Medicine gives me a unique opportunity to administer impactful treatment for patients in their hour of need, as well as the opportunity to grow under nurturing and inspiring faculty members.”

Dr Geoffrey Ng

​Why is the NHG Emergency Medicine Residency Programme the choice for me?

The Emergency Department (ED) in Tan Tock Seng Hospital is the largest and one of the busiest EDs in Singapore. We have the biggest short-stay ward, Emergency Diagnosis and Treatment Centre (EDTC), and fever screening area. This provides an excellent opportunity for you to hone your capabilities as an emergency physician with ample training material. Our proximity to Communicable Disease Centre also means that we will be the first to be called into action in the event of any infectious disease outbreak. You will have valuable infectious disease and emergency response experience that few EDs can provide. Being part of a busy ED means hard work. While we value tenacity and perseverance in our residents, we are cognizant that residents must not get bogged down with service, and the faculty on shift will ensure that teaching and learning is optimized. We work together as a team to deal with emergencies and you will receive help and support not only from faculty members and doctors, but also from our nurses. We are also involved in many regional outreach projects, such as teaching programmes and humanitarian missions. This will enrich and enhance your training to be an emergency physician.

Am I eligible for the programme and how do I apply?

  • As applications are centrally managed by MOHH, please refer to this website for more details.
  • Our residency positions are only eligible for those who are registered and employed to practise in Singapore. For the list of the degrees and qualifications that are recognised by the Singapore Medical Council and registrable to work in Singapore, please refer to its website.

What are the exams that I have to take?

The Primary Master of Medicine (MMed) (Emergency Medicine) Part A should be completed between year 1 and 3. In addition, the MMed Part B and C should be completed by the beginning of year 4.

Progression through the residency years does not depend on the outcome of the MMed exams but is contingent on passing the end-of-posting and end-of-year formative tests. However, promotion to Senior Residency (R4) would require the completion of aforementioned exams. -At the end of the fifth year of residency, you will sit for an exit examination comprising of MCQ, clinical and critical appraisal components. In addition, you are required to complete a set of administration and teaching portfolios during your Senior Residency years (R4-R5). We will prepare you to tackle these hurdles and we are committed to help you clear these exams on the first try.

Will there be a consultant job for me?

New evidence-based practices and service such as emergency ultrasound constantly present new challenges for the specialty and consultant emergency physicians are needed to manage these. The long-term plan is for a consultant-led service to ensure better, more expedient care for the patients.  There is a great need for more consultant emergency physicians nationally as the patient attendances continue to climb yearly and with the opening of more hospitals.

Are there opportunities for research?

There is a huge opportunity for research in the field of emergency medicine and academic medicine. We achieved international recognition for our SARS publications. Several of our emergency physicians have been awarded fellowships in the prestigious clinician leadership in research. One emergency physician has completed a Health Services and Outcomes Research (HSOR) scholarship in the UK. You will have a cadre of senior doctors to mentor you in your research projects.

What sub-specialization opportunities are available?    

At the end of residency, you may choose to do a fellowship in one of the sub-specialization of emergency medicine, these include but are not limited to one of the following:

  1. Trauma
  2. Toxicology
  3. Emergency Geriatrics
  4. Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine
  5. Disaster Medicine
  6. Observation Medicine
  7. Emergency Cardiology and Critical Care 
  8. Emergency Ultrasound       


This will typically involve in an overseas or local stint under the HMDP scheme.