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Rehabilitation Medicine Senior Residency Programme


About the Programme

An acute illness or injury can affect the way people move and communicate and function. This can prevent them from fulfilling their roles in life. 

Rehabilitation Medicine (also known as Physiatry), is the branch of medicine focusing on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that cause functional impairment. 

Compared to other medical specialties, Rehabilitation Medicine is a unique field that addresses the patient as a whole, rather than an organ or organ system.

Rehabilitation Medicine physicians work closely as a team with various healthcare professionals to treat a wide range of illnesses from both the medical and surgical fields.

If you wish to make a difference to your patient’s life after a serious illness or if you have ever wondered what happens to a patient after a debilitating illness such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury or limb amputation, come speak to us and do consider a career in Rehabilitation Medicine. 

Message from the Programme Director

Congratulations on completing your junior Residency programme. I encourage you to consider our Rehabilitation Medicine Senior Residency Programme for the next step in your training journey.

Your training will take place in SingHealth’s hospitals and institutions equipped with the latest facilities for a wide continuum of rehabilitation treatment. We have a team of committed teaching Faculty who will be creating a rich and varied clinical training programme for you through the next three years.

Join us and take advantage of the comprehensive and diverse clinical experience that you will encounter in the biggest teaching hospital in Singapore. We look forward to welcoming you on board as a Rehabilitation Medicine physician!

Clin Asst Prof Joyce Lui
Programme Director, Rehabilitation Medicine
Consultant, Rehabilitation Medicine, SGH 

Why Choose Rehabilitation Medicine?

Robust and Comprehensive Programme

The SingHealth Rehabilitation Medicine Senior Residency Programme offers a robust and comprehensive educational experience to prepare Residents entering specialist practice as a Rehabilitation Medicine clinician in Singapore. 

The programme taps on the breadth and depth of clinical services that SingHealth has to offer, and Residents will have the opportunity to widen their range of clinical exposure and training.

Get the Best of Both Worlds in Rehabilitation Care

As a Rehabilitation Medicine Resident, you get the best of both worlds. Besides working closely with colleagues to manage acute conditions such as stroke and traumatic brain injuries, you will also care for patients in the subacute phase and over the course of their recovery.

Residents in our programme will have the chance to experience rehabilitation care through the whole spectrum of acute care through rotating in Singapore General Hospital (SGH), Changi General Hospital (CGH), Sengkang General Hospital (SKH) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), and subacute care in Outram Community Hospital and St. Andrew’s Community Hospital.

Rewarding Working Environment

Here at Rehabilitation Medicine, we value teamwork. You will be immersed in a rewarding working environment. Learn to lead a team and work closely with colleagues and healthcare professionals from diverse fields including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation nurses, speech therapists, social workers, dieticians, prosthetists and physicians from other specialties. 

Research Potential

With advances in the understanding of interactive media, neuroscience and musculoskeletal functions, Rehabilitation Medicine research is now undergoing a paradigm shift with wonderful opportunities ahead. The Rehabilitation Medicine community at SingHealth has exciting projects and collaborations with partners from other medical fields, commercial bodies and tertiary institutions to further research in the field.


Your Career Prospects & Development

Rehabilitation Medicine physicians can look forward to exciting career prospects at SingHealth. We have an established clinician practitioner path which offers a combination of inpatient and outpatient care within an acute care hospital setting.

Rehabilitation Medicine physicians in SingHealth also hold teaching positions and participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at the National University of Singapore, Duke-NUS Medical School and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.

In addition, Rehabilitation Medicine physicians at the SGH contribute significant services to the Department of Internal Medicine every year.