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Renal Medicine Senior Residency Programme


About the Programme

Renal Medicine or Nephrology manages the care of patients with varying stages of kidney disease of different etiologies. It is one of the most challenging and rewarding specialties for a few reasons: 

  1. It is the only specialty that sustains life in the presence of a failed organ (through dialysis) and provides a new lease of life through organ transplant.
  2. Nephrologists are trained to deal with a wide range of medical conditions, including critical medicine, transplantation, vascular access and dialysis treatment. As a result, they have a wide range of expertise, and are able to handle medical (acute and chronic), surgical and technical issues.
  3. As Nephrology is nearly all encompassing, there is a great potential for both clinical and basic science research, as well as technological development. 

We are looking for candidates who are motivated, compassionate, and have a keen understanding of past and current health industry perspectives. You should be a team player and an excellent communicator. If you have completed the Year 3 Residency Programme, BST core postings and ABIM and have passed MRCP, we welcome you to join the Renal Medicine Senior Residency Programme. 

Message from the Programme Director

The SingHealth Renal Medicine Medical Senior Residency Programme aims to produce nephrologists who are professionals, competent, compassionate and continuously updating themselves through lifelong learning. 

With the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) gearing towards the development of medical academia, our focus is not only on medical training but also on education and research. 

That is why, the first two years of our programme will cover core curriculum and competencies, while the last year of training offers you the flexibility to choose your electives, further your research in the chosen field or take part in subspecialty training, such as palliation in nephrology or interventional nephrology. 

 A key aspect of our programme is professional development. It is our hope that our Residents can continue to cultivate lifelong learning for the benefit of patient care and the advancement of medical science. Hence, we not only share valuable knowledge and experience with our Residents, we also impart good ethical values which will stand them in good stead in their future career. The department is active in research the field of health service, clinical and medical device; and has collaboration with Duke-NUS Medical School, Temasek Polytechnic, Nanyang Technological University and other education institutions.

I hope you will join the SingHealth Renal Medicine family and discover for yourselves the potential that the programme offers. 

Assoc Prof Tan Han Khim
Programme Director, Renal Medicine
Senior Consultant, Department of Renal Medicine, SGH 

Why Choose Renal Medicine?

Structured and Comprehensive Training 

The Renal Medicine Senior Residency Programme is well-structured to meet the goals of each Resident and is focused on developing core competencies in clinical nephrology, transplantation, hypertension, dialysis, and clinical and basic science research. 

All Senior Residents will complete one year of clinical nephrology and two and a half years of core Nephrology training, which includes transplant, dialysis and research.  

In addition, the programme is highly regarded in the region for its focus on long term outcomes in both dialysis and transplantation. 

Birthplace of Renal Medicine – Breadth and Depth of Case-mix

SGH is the birthplace of Nephrology in Singapore. As one of the largest tertiary hospitals, we manage a wide range of kidney diseases, ranging from the usual to the very rare. Thus, training with and working at SingHealth will give you unparalleled exposure to patients with diverse conditions and cases, and help you advance your career in Renal Medicine. 

Passionate and Dedicated Renal Medicine Faculty 

Our team of highly passionate and dedicated clinician-teachers have received national awards for teaching. Many of them are regionally and internationally renowned experts in the field, so you will be learning from the best in Renal Medicine. 

Access to Research Opportunities

Our department has a long and active history of research in glomerulonephritis, dialysis / critical care nephrology and more recently transplant immunology. We also collaborate with Duke-NUS for clinical and basic science research. This means you will have access to some of the best research opportunities, as well as research guidance.

Your Career Prospects & Development

Embark on your lifelong career in Renal Medicine at SingHealth by choosing a career track which best suits your strengths and interests. 

We offer four career tracks - Clinician Practitioner, Clinician Educator, Clinician Researcher and Clinician Administrator. As you grow your specialist career in Medicine Academic Clinical Programme (ACP)*, you will find a myriad of opportunities available in the areas of education and research. 

On completion of the Renal Medicine Senior Residency Programme and upon passing an exit exam, you can obtain specialist registration with the Singapore Medical Council and practice as a nephrologist in Singapore. 

* ACP is a cluster-wide framework for all clinical specialties to advance in Academic Medicine with resources and funding support from SingHealth and Duke-NUS. Each ACP is based on a clinical discipline and brings together all specialists in the discipline across various institutions for greater synergies in clinical care, education and research.