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Cardiothoracic Surgery


The NUHS Cardiothoracic Surgery (CTS) Residency Programme strives for excellence in all aspects of residency training to train and produce high-quality and skilled cardiothoracic surgeons.

Our mission is to provide dedicated education and training to our residents in all areas of knowledge, clinical and surgical skills and professional attitudes related to CTS. We aim for the residents who exit our programme to be able to practise CTS independently in either an academic institution or in private clinical practice.

 Outstanding Features

  • Simulation programmes are included in the curriculum so that residents are able to acquire sufficient operative skills before performing the procedures on real patients.


  • In addition to rotating through the conventional CTS subspecialties, this integrated programme will include rotations in minimally invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting and Valve Surgery, and endovascular surgery, eg TAVI. It will provide our residents with background and experience of using these new tools in order to build a career as future “cardiovascular specialists”.  This integrated training programme can be completed in less time than the current training paradigm that requires completion of the traditional CTS training followed by a one- to two-year Clinical Fellowship in these subspecialty areas.  We believe that having the entire curriculum dedicated to what the residents will be doing for the rest of their careers will be more gratifying and fulfilling for the residents and produce better trained surgeons.


  • One integrated training site with exposure to all essential CTS subspecialties and diverse caseloads including adult cardiac, congenital cardiac, general thoracic, and minimally-invasive surgery.


  • NUHS is an Academic Medical Centre (AMC).


  • Strong research heritage in our University Department, with opportunities in Basic Science, Clinical and Translational Research.


  • Either before embarking on the requisite clinical training in CTS or after completing the clinical training in CTS, residents may opt to pursue laboratory or clinical research culminating in a graduate degree in a related or ancillary field (e.g., MPH, MCI, MSc, or PhD).


  • Excellent assistance from AMC in preparation for grant applications.


  • With proximity to top research facilities both within NUS, such as the Centre for Life Sciences and Biomechanical Engineering, and beyond, such as Biopolis and Fusionopolis, we are in a very optimal position to collaborate with these institutions and impart research skills in our residents.