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Singapore Integrated Programme (SGIP) for Haematology

About the Programme

Blood is fundamental to the human existence. An expert in Haematology has an in-depth understanding of blood diseases and disorders on both the cellular and non-cellular levels. As a physician specialising in Haematology, you are committed to your patients, many of whom require your long-term care. 

As a haematologist, you will learn to take a broad perspective of clinical medicine, because medicine is never practised in silo. You also amalgamate your clinical findings with laboratory assessments to compose a complete and comprehensive diagnosis. 

A haematologist is therefore: 

  1. A clinician who has broad perspectives of clinical medicine and does not practice silo medicine
  2. A diagnostician who amalgamates his clinical findings with laboratory assessments and comprehensively compose a complete diagnosis
  3. A practitioner with capacity for dealing with both malignant and benign conditions
  4. A scientist who is capable of venturing into a wide variety of research fields including cardiovascular medicine, oncology and immunology  

If you enjoy both clinical and laboratory work and wish to have the capacity to venture into a wide variety of research fields including cardiovascular medicine, oncology and immunology, besides haematological disorders, then Singapore Integrated Programme (SGIP) for Haematology may be for you.

As of July 2020, new Senior Residents (SR1s) would be enrolled under the SGIP for Haematology, with National University Health System (NUHS) as the administrative centre.


Why Choose SGIP for Haematology?

Get the Best of Both Worlds
Haematology is the only programme which offers a clinical and service laboratory component. You will be trained to become a clinician, diagnostician and therapist in the most complete sense. From determining the diagnosis, to interpreting the laboratory investigations and deciding on the treatment for haematological disorders; you will be trained to care for the patient at every single point of his or her illness. A trained haematologists is therefore a master clinician and pathologists. You will receive extensive training in haematology's laboratory which will hone your skills in laboratory techniques as well as trained to be proficient in the laboratory diagnosis of haematological disorders to complement your clinical training. 

Build Long-term Relations with Patients
Caring for Haematology patients promises some of the most rewarding and close encounters with patients. Most haematological conditions are chronic and people diagnosed with such conditions can sometimes require intensive treatment and long-term care. They would also require your dedicated care, understanding and concern. Thus, the patient-doctor relations in Haematology is one of the most unique and humbling experience for a doctor.

Ample Opportunities to Develop Subspecialties
As a haematologist, you can choose to focus on various subspecialties, such as haematopoeitic stem cell transplant, thrombosis and haemostasis, myeloproliferative disorders, the leukemia, transfusion and laboratory haematology. The programme therefore provides ample opportunities for you to discover your true strengths and choose a focus area that you wish to further develop and expand. 

Guidance by Expert Mentors 
Senior Residents in the programme will be guided by experienced clinician champions who can guide and train you on a wide range of subspecialties. You will learn from renowned mentors who are recognised local and regional experts in their specialty areas. They are passionate educators who are ever ready to provide you with the learning opportunities you need to master your choice of subspecialty.     

Your Career Prospects & Development

Upon qualifying as Haematologists, Senior Residents are eligible for appointments as Associate Consultants in the various healthcare institutions in Singapore. Following a three-and-a-half year training programme, you may choose to pursue further subspecialisation in fields such as haematopoeitic stem cell transplant, thrombosis and haemostasis, lymphoproliferative disorders, acute leukemias, myeloproliferative neoplasms, transfusion medicine and laboratory Haematology. 

Senior Residents with good aptitude for laboratory research can look forward to becoming a Clinician Scientist, as Haematology is one of the best springboards for molecular medicine and various other related fields. You can therefore expect ample job opportunities in both institutional and private practice.