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8 Popular Questions about Applying to SingHealth Residency

On 3 June 2020, SingHealth Residency e-Open House held its first live chat session with SingHealth Residency's Designated Institutional Official (DIO) and Associate DIOs, with over 300 participants joining in virtually. In case you missed it, we share answers to the eight most popular questions about Residency training and applying to SingHealth Residency!

Got more questions? We've still got a month-long of Residency Open House virtual talks to help medical students, House Officers and Medical Officers find their best fit in medicine at SingHealth! Look out for the event details in your email from your medical societies or MOHH. For enquiries, email


About Residency Training in SingHealth

  1. What is SingHealth's X-factor that sets it apart from other Sponsoring Institutions (SI)?

In SingHealth, it is our people that sets us apart. Just like a close-knit family, we support and grow alongside one another and with a strong culture of giving back and mentoring the next generation. Residents can look forward to generous sharing of medical knowledge, expertise and skills from faculty and seniors, while being assured that their welfare is looked after.

Additionally, as the largest SI for Residency programmes in Singapore, SingHealth’s hospitals and institutions offer high clinical and diverse patient case load in specialties and subspecialties, which is invaluable in expanding clinical knowledge and expertise. Rotations to the various hospitals and institutions offer wider exposure and opportunities to hone essential clinical skills.

  1. How has COVID-19 affected SingHealth Residency's selection and training processes?

Despite the current COVID-19 situation, the intake number for AY2020 and selection process remains unaffected.

Selection is still based on merit. Residency training will still proceed as usual, with some temporary changes. For example, new Residents joining in July 2020 from other SIs may have to stay within their current institutions for the time being, due to the cross-cluster restriction. However, training will still continue with Residents undergoing the required training curriculum under the care of their ‘foster programmes’, until the cross-cluster restriction is lifted.

  1. What is SingHealth Residency's application process and timeline like?

Application to Residency training is managed by Ministry of Health Holdings (MOHH). You can find out more information regarding the Residency application processes and timeline on the Ministry of Health Holdings (MOHH) website.

Tips* on Applying into SingHealth Residency


  1. I am interested in joining SingHealth Residency. How do I increase my chances of getting accepted into the specialty of my interest?

Besides being academically and clinically competent, it is important to demonstrate qualities such as positive attitude, integrity, resilience and teamwork. These are some of the common qualities that the programmes look out for in their Residents.

It is strongly recommended that you do clinical postings of your preferred specialty in the early phases of medical school, as well as to participate in research projects from the specialty, if available. This will give you better perspective and exposure while allowing the Faculty and Residents to know you better.

Each Residency programme may have different requirements when recruiting its Residents. Do speak with the Programme Directors (PDs) or Faculty to find out more.

  1. How do I make myself known to the Faculty if I can't get into the specialty of my interest?

In order for the Faculty to know you better, you should aim to do postings in the specialty of your choice at SingHealth’s hospitals and institutions. However, if that’s not possible, you are encouraged to connect with the PD of the programme. Although this may not necessarily guarantee you a place, the initiative and effort taken to express your interest will reflect positively on your passion and commitment for the specialty.

  1. How can I increase my chances of getting accepted into a Residency programme with small intake numbers?

Residency programmes with small intake numbers may be competitive but there is still a possibility of getting accepted. A few tips to increase your chances include:

  • Choose to do a clinical posting in that specialty
  • Consistently show your commitment/passion for the specialty
  • Ensure outstanding work performance
  • Demonstrate Interprofessional Collaboration and Practice while working with healthcare professionals

  1. What should I do if I'm still unsure of what specialty to join?

Shortlist the potential specialties that interest you, and whenever possible, aim to do clinical postings in these specialties in your clinical years of medical school. Try not to rush into applying for a Residency programme, and consider doing Medical Officer (MO) postings after housemanship or PGY1 to give yourself an opportunity to find out which specialty is the right one for you. We also have a guide to choosing the right medical speciality here.

For International Medical Graduates (IMGs)


  1. I am not a fully registered doctor, can I apply for Residency as a conditionally registered doctor? How can IMGs apply into SingHealth Residency?

IMGs may apply for SingHealth Residency as a conditionally registered doctor.

For IMGs applying for SingHealth Residency, the following requirements must first be satisfied:

  • Must hold qualifications that are recognised by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC). These qualifications must come from a University or medical school listed in the Schedule of the Medical Registration Act.
  • Is currently employed by MOHH at one of the many healthcare institutions in Singapore.
  • Have been given a confirmed offer of employment to work in Singapore under conditional registration (applicable to non-Singaporeans only).

*While the above tips may increase your chances of getting accepted, it does not necessarily guarantee you a place in SingHealth Residency.