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Rheumatology Senior Residency Programme

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About the Programme

Rheumatology is the specialty for you if you enjoy the challenges of clinical medicine and its diversity, as well as sharing long term relationships with your patients.

At Singapore General Hospital (SGH), the Department of Rheumatology & Immunology, we are committed to training the next generation doctors to be patient-centric and academically-inclined Rheumatologists.

With our dedicated Faculty members, our one-stop Autoimmunity and Rheumatology Centre and vast clinical and research resources, we are focused on providing you the best learning experience needed to fully realise your potential to be a skilled practitioner and consultant in the rheumatic diseases.

As a Senior Resident in our Department, you will be working in the Rheumatology department of Singapore’s largest tertiary teaching hospital. Our mission is to deliver state-of-the-art, cost-effective, holistic care for patients and to foster a collegial environment for learning, teaching and research. With over 20,000 ambulatory visits a year, our department has a large pool of patients with a wide spectrum of rheumatological and immunological conditions. You will participate in the management of these patients and develop your clinical acumen in both medicine and autoimmune diseases. 

Message from the Programme Director

This is an exciting time to be a Senior Resident in Rheumatology. Previously in the 1980s, getting a traineeship only guaranteed a posting in that Specialty. Without a structured teaching programme, trainees often learnt on the job. Later in 2014, with the start of ACGME accreditation in Singapore for rheumatology, we were exposed to how a structured specialist training programme was like and looked forward to a time when all trainees could have proper training here in Singapore.

Today, SGH has a well-structured ACGME-I accredited Rheumatology Senior Residency Programme. We have a comprehensive Programme of international standard; a Faculty that is passionate, experienced and dedicated to helping our Senior Residents succeed through close supervision and timely feedback; and a large patient pool in our Autoimmunity & Rheumatology Centre (ARC). The ARC is the first such centre in the region to provide a one-stop service dedicated to complex Rheumatology and autoimmune disorders, and we have even been awarded the Centre of Excellence (2017) by the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR) for our work in research, training, education and patient care, a recognition of the work of our passionate team of doctors. As a Senior Resident, you will have the opportunity to learn in ARC’s general Rheumatology, subspecialty (e.g. Scleroderma Clinic, Lupus Clinic, Spondyloarthritis Clinic, etc) as well as Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Clinics. Our inpatient Rheumatology service takes care of patients with a wide range of complicated rheumatic diseases. As our Senior Resident, you will also benefit from our hospital’s strength in having expertise in most, if not all adult medical and surgical specialties. These experts are regularly invited to teach our Residents. If your interest is in research, our department has a vibrant, nurturing, innovative and productive research culture and is accredited to train Clinician Scientist Residents in research. With our close association with Duke-NUS Medical School, our Senior Residents will participate in medical education.

SGH Rheumatology already has a good programme and we are committed to making it even better. While keeping abreast of the best practices in the world, we encourage our Senior Residents’ feedback on how to further enhance our programme. A posting in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) will also enable you to enhance the learning of Paediatric Rheumatology. 

I invite you to join our department as a Senior Resident and to grow and serve our patients with us as a cohesive team, synergistically and with passion. I look forward to working closely with you to guide you to become the best Rheumatologist that you can be. 

Dr Warren Fong
Programme Director, Rheumatology
Senior Consultant, Department of Rheumatology & Immunology, SGH 

Why Choose Rheumatology?

Passionate and dedicated Faculty

At the Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, we believe in letting you grow and discover your passion in clinical care, education and/or research. Through our team of dedicated and passionate Faculty with many years of teaching experience, you can be assured that you will be guided and tutored in your journey with us. The Faculty enjoy teaching at various levels and strive to enhance teaching beyond Rheumatology, with emphasis on professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills.

Most comprehensive training in Rheumatology

Our Autoimmunity and Rheumatology Centre (ARC) was set up with Residents in mind. The rooms are designed such that you will have access to your supervisor next door and an Advanced Nurse Practitioner nearby. The ARC also houses multi-purpose rooms that are designed to be converted to tutorial rooms for teaching of students and Residents. 

To ensure that you have the highest level of competency in managing the most complicated and difficult Rheumatology cases, you will be attached to subspecialty clinics like Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Scleroderma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spondyloarthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis Clinics. In the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Clinic, you will be trained to perform musculoskeletal ultrasound to detect synovitis in the small joints. In addition, you will have a two-week attachment to the Department of Paediatric subspecialties at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). This will give you the opportunity to learn about Paediatrics and adolescent rheumatic diseases in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. To further enhance your learning, you can participate in on-going departmental research activities and learn the concepts and intricacies of research in Rheumatology. 

Range of learning opportunities

Apart from the usual bedside teaching and hands-on learning, our robust training programme includes weekly grand ward rounds, engaging lectures, journal clubs, tutorials and other important courses offered by the Centre For Resident and Faculty Development (CRAFD). Senior Residents will attend a series of bi-weekly National Core Rheumatology Series lectures together with your counterparts in the other hospitals.

Senior Residents who are interested in doing research will receive opportunities to work in research laboratories doing basic research or participate in clinical research. Through our partnership with Duke-NUS Medical School and other research institutions, there are ample learning opportunities that you can take advantage of.

Your Career Prospects & Development

After your successful completion of the programme, you can choose one of three tracks that are currently available in our institution. You can choose to become an excellent clinician, a quality clinician educator or a pioneering clinician researcher. All three tracks are equally valued in our department as they are all essential in helping us achieve our vision.