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PGY1@Tan Tock Seng Hospital

NHG Transitional Year (Post Graduate Year 1)

Resident's Talk

“I have been truly blessed with seniors who have patiently mentored me at work. I’m thankful!”

Dr Bernice Heng



All PGY1 doctors will undergo a mix of training and learning opportunities during their PGY1 within NHG. This comprises a series of orientation, onboarding and Programme Director-PGY1 feedback sessions, as well as regular department teachings and ward-based training.

In addition, PGY1 doctors will also benefit from a broad-based curriculum, which focuses on the wider competencies required to be a successful clinician. These competencies are:

  • Interpersonal Skills and Communication
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-Based Practice


Through a combination of didactic and clinical activities, these essential competencies are taught in a manner designed to ease the PGY1 doctor's progression from a student to a practising doctor.

In TTSH, the PGY1 may rotate through the following disciplines:

  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery

This comprehensive year will fulfill both the Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) licensing requirements set by the Singapore Medical Council and MOH.

PGY1's Scholarly Activities:

The PGY1 is a period of adjustment and flux as the medical graduate transitions from undergraduate medical education to full medical registration. PGY1 doctors who are interested in participating in research and scholarly activities may approach the Programme Director and CCFMs, whom they will work with directly or  who will assist in connecting them with the appropriate parties.