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Internal Medicine

NHG Internal Medicine Residency Programme

Resident's Talk

”The NHG Internal Medicine Residency prepares me adequately to be a well-rounded physician. The apprenticeship culture is very strong here, building our confidence in managing patients with complex issues.“

Dr Alfred Seng Wai Ping
IM Resident


The programme recognises that career and life goals vary among each resident, and we hope that the knowledge, skills and values the resident will acquire in his/her three years with us will stand each resident in good stead for his/her career ahead. We constantly gather feedback from residents and faculty to enhance our curriculum in order to keep up with medical advancements and the changing needs of society. Aside from structured teaching, each resident will receive guidance through his/her growth as a clinician with formative assessments and regular feedback from faculty. Our teaching does not only focus on clinical medicine but also provides the resident with a foundation in research, medical education, patient safety, and quality improvement. We also have dedicated teaching for both the PACES (Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills) examination and the ITE (In-Training Examination) or the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine). 

Our hospitals have a strong tradition in general Internal Medicine and a wide range of medical specialties, offering an ideal environment for both patient care and learning. With the largest General Medicine department and the most established Geriatric Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology, and Allergy and Immunology departments in Singapore within our teaching hospital, the resident has abundant opportunity to learn from a good case mix of patients. Our collaboration with the National Centres also gives the resident opportunities to learn and work under the specialists in Neurology, Dermatology, and Medical Oncology. Other than through research, the resident can also learn through workshops on root cause analysis, patient safety, and quality improvement with options to pursue further work in these fields.


Upon completing the NHG Internal Medicine Residency Programme, the resident is eligible to either:

  1. Continue with the senior residency programme in Advanced Internal Medicine (AIM).
    Those who complete AIM programme may enter subspecialty training to be dually accredited.
  2. Or enter medical subspecialty training in the following:

• Cardiology

• Dermatology

• Endocrinology

• Gastroenterology

• Geriatric Medicine

• Haematology / Transfusion Medicine

• Infectious Diseases 

• Medical Oncology

• Nuclear Medicine

• Neurology

• Palliative Medicine

• Rehabilitation Medicine

• Renal Medicine

• Respiratory Medicine

• Rheumatology


A typical rotation for a resident who joins the residency programme after completing housemanship is as follows:

Please note that the actual rotation block may differ from this.

Resident's Scholarly Activities

In order to prepare the resident for roles as clinician-administrators, clinician-researchers, or clinician-educators, he/she will be exposed to courses on evidence-based medicine and is encouraged to participate in scholarly activities.