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FAQs

1) Who is eligible to apply for residency programs?
Applications are open to the current M5s, Duke-NUS final year students, current House Officers and Medical Officers and International Medical Graduates who met the eligibility criteria. For more information on the application criteria, please refer to MOHH website.

2) When will be the application call for the 2013 intake?
According to the timeline given by MOH, the application call will be out in September. Please refer to MOHH website for updates.

3) Are there any research opportunities available in SingHealth?
Yes, we do have researchers in almost every hospital and they do both clinical trials as well as basic science research. You are welcome to speak to the Program Directors for the various specialties who will direct you to their Clinician researcher colleagues. 
Click here to view the list of publications

4) Anaesthesia looks like a very popular and competitive discipline. How do I increase my chances of being accepted in the program?
The application for entry into the residency program is on a competitive basis. Having prior rotations or electives in anaesthesiology as a medical student or medical officer will help the candidate make an informed decision applying for a residency program. Rotating into a specific program will also allow faculty to get to know you better. Strong candidates who complete a research project or submit a publication will be seriously considered. We also look for residents who have consistently outstanding evaluations during their clerkship years. A good academic record will also be helpful 

5) What criteria are you using to select the Residents?
Residents will be selected on all merits. They include not only academic and clinical achievements, but also excellent personal qualities. Through interviews, CV, letters of recommendation and personal statement, we are looking for candidates who would fit into our family of anaesthesiologists in SingHealth. They should be mature, independent, balanced and possess critical thinking skills and initiative.

6) How do I become an intensive care specialist?
Intensive care medicine is a subspecialty that will require post-residency training. Physicians from either anaesthesiology, respiratory medicine or internal medicine can choose to sub-specialise in intensive care medicine. There is a training track accredited by Joint Committee of Specialist Training for Intensive Care Medicine Sub-Specialty Training Committee. Physicians who have completed an accredited residency program in Anaesthesiology will have to complete 1 year in an ICU either locally or overseas. They are also required to undergo an examination conducted by JCST before they are considered intensive care specialists. 

7) What are the last 2 months of electives for? Can it be a rotation outside of anaesthesia?
The last 2 months of electives are to allow the residents some flexibility in achieving their learning objectives and encourage them to pursue their interests. All rotations outside of anaesthesia, intensive care or pain medicine must be approved by the Program Director. 

8) How do I apply to do electives as a medical student?
You can write in to the Program Director or the various Associate Program Directors of the hospital of interest. 
Click here to find out about Student Education in Anaesthesia (SEA).

9) If I do housemanship, do I still need to repeat the transitional year?
No, you do not. 

10) Can I practise in US after completing the Residency Program?
No you may not. 

11) What is the emphasis for SHARP?
SingHealth Anaesthesiology Residency Program emphasizes in

    • depth and diversity in clinical and educational experience with state-of-art technology
    • dynamic educational curriculum with approachable, dedicated and supportive mentors 
    • camaraderie of faculty with strong collegial spirit devoted to assist residents in achieving their career goals while maintaining a balance with family life and personal interests
    • enriching and supportive environment – the faculty and staff are truly committed to helping residents learn and develop to the maximum of ones’ abilities while allowing flexibility to meet individual goals and objectives.

Last Modified Date :24 Jul 2012