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Frequently Asked Questions

1. I am not a medical student; can I still apply for elective posting?

No, applicants must be bona-fide students of medical school and already in their clinical years.

2. Can I submit the application if I am in pre-clinical years?

No, our postings are only open to applicants who are bona-fide students of a medical school and already in their clinical years.

3. Can I submit the application less than 4 months in advance?

No, application have to be submitted at least a minimum of four months or a maximum of twelve months in advance, otherwise the application will not be considered.
The stipulated time is required for coordination with the departments and preparing for the student’s posting.

4. What is the minimum and maximum posting period?

The minimum and maximum total posting periods are 2 weeks and 8 weeks respectively. Postings are counted in weeks, commencing on a Monday and ending on a Friday.

5. What is the availability of vacancies like in each clinical department?

Our office is unable to advice on the availability of posting in the departments as the acceptance and placement will depend on the department’s approval.
Applicants will have to send in their application and we will channel their application to the departments for their consideration.

6. Can I do research project?

Yes, you must email SGH Campus Education Office @ at least 4 months before the commencement of the elective attachment. Request is subjected to the department's approval.

7. Can I start the posting if I have not submitted all the required documents?

No, you will not be allowed to start your posting till we receive all required documents for process.

8. What should my Health Insurance cover?

Your health insurance should cover the cost of your medical expenses incurred during the period of your posting in Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

9. How do I make payment for the Application Fee?

Payments can only be made via bank cheque or bank draft.
Cheque or bank draft must be made payable to ‘SINGAPORE GENERAL HOSPITAL’.
Please check with local banks and/or post office for assistance with bank drafts. Please ensure that your full name (as per passport) is written clearly at the back of the cheque / bank draft.

10. Can I draw the cheque in foreign currency?

No, the amount must be drawn only in Singapore dollars (nett of all bank charges).

11. What is the Application Fee amount?

All applicants must pay a NON-REFUNDABLE application fee for administrative processing costs, inclusive 7% GST:

Application fees

Singaporeans / Permanent Residents:

S$160.50 (nett of all bank charges)


S$160.50 (nett of all bank charges)

Cheque - Singapore cheques i.e. DBS, POSB, Citibank, UOB, OUB, OCBC, etc are acceptable.
Bank Draft (International Draft) - International students are advised to purchase a bank draft in Singapore currency from the banks.

12. Can I make changes to the application submitted?

Request for change in discipline / department of postings will NOT be entertained after application is submitted.
For changes in posting date, applicants will be charged S$53.50 (including 7% GST) for each change request. Applicants are strongly advised against making any changes and should be certain of their preferred choices of posting and dates before submission of application.

13. What are the accommodation options available?

Unfortunately, there are no accommodation options available in Singapore General Hospital campus. There are however many accommodations around Outram, which is close to our campus.
14. My health screening is dated more than 6 months from the date of application, is it acceptable?
No, we do not accept screenings that are dated more than 6 months from the date of application. Please submit documentary proof/ results of blood tests that you have been screened. For details, please look through the health screening report form.

15. Is it compulsory to submit the "Letter Certifying Completion of Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)"?

Yes. Students who are not able to submit the documentary proof before the posting start date; will not be allowed to proceed with the posting.

16. I will be doing my elective in Singapore General Hospital, where can I obtain the BCLS certificate?

You may obtain the letter from your university as proof of certification in your completion of Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS).

17. Where can I purchase the Professional Indemnity Insurance/ Malpractice Insurance?

Some students are covered by their parent University but for those who are not, they would have to purchase from their local insurance companies. The Professional Indemnity Insurance is also known as the Personal Liability Insurance, which is also acceptable.

18. Where do I report on the first day of my posting?

Reporting details for first day orientation will be given a week before the commencement date.