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Diagnostic Radiology


The radiology residency training programme prepares residents to become well-rounded radiologists as well as for the Fellowship Examination of the Royal College of Radiology (FRCR). We also develop residents to become excellent clinician educators, clinician researchers or clinician leaders depending on their areas of interest.


Applicants must fulfill the requirements by the Singapore Medical Council for full or conditional registration. For full registration, the applicant must hold a M.B.,B.S. degree awarded by the National University of Singapore. Eligibility for conditional registration requires the applicant to hold a basic medical degree from a university/medical school listed in the Schedule of the Medical Registration Act. Please refer to the website below - http://www.smc.gov.sg/html/1153709442948.html

Our radiology residency programme is a continuum of 5 years (including the first year, which is the transitional year). We tailor the programme to enable residents to achieve their learning goals and to attain the Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR). Residents will be rotated through neuroradiology (including head & neck radiology), musculoskeletal radiology, breast imaging, body imaging (including cardiac CT and MRI), interventional radiology, paediatric imaging, ultrasound and nuclear medicine. Training also includes general radiology (plain films, fluoroscopy and intravenous urography).



After the first year (transitional year), second-year residents start with general radiology, nuclear medicine, CT and ultrasound. MRI will be introduced in the later part of the second year. Residents are expected to sit the FRCR part I examination during this time.

In the third and fourth year of training, residents consolidate their knowledge and skills with rotations through all the radiological subspecialties. They will sit for the FRCR IIa (written) examination during this time. In the fifth year of training, residents will sit for the FRCR IIb examination. (Please refer to Core Strengths of Diagnostic Radiology Program below.)

The Masters of Medicine examination in Diagnostic Radiology (National University of Singapore) will become a conjoint examination with the FRCR IIb examination in the near future. Please refer to the Division of Graduate Medical Studies (DGMS) website for further details (www.med.nus.edu.sg/dgms). 

Our department is also a recognised centre for the Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiology (FRANZCR) training programme. However, potential FRANZCR trainees must meet the prerequisites for entry into the training program as stated in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists website (www.ranzcr.edu.au)


Core Strengths of Diagnostic Radiology Programme

1)    We have an excellent mix of clinical cases with all major radiological modalities and subspecialties within our department including paediatric radiology and nuclear medicine. We have close links with our Obstetrics and Gynaecological colleagues and postings in Obstetrics and Gynaecological Radiology can be arranged.

2)    Great emphasis is placed on teaching and passing examinations.

3)    There are fortnightly in-house electronic-based tutorials, which are mandatory for all residents. These are prepared by senior staff and are modelled after the FRCR part I anatomy and FRCR part IIb written papers. The answers are individually marked with comments given. There are fortnightly face-to-face sessions with the residents following the electronic tutorials in which the cases are discussed. The marks are compiled and this enables us to track the residents' progress and to give them feedback. Please refer to our website http://medicine.nus.edu.sg/meddnr for further information.

4)   There are consultant-led tutorials held thrice weekly, modelled after the FRCR part IIb viva examinations. This is to enable our viva candidates to sharpen their viva skills and techniques. 

5)    We have up to 20 clinico-radiological rounds a week. Senior residents, under close supervision, conduct some of our clinico-radiological rounds, as this would be of benefit to their viva technique and their overall development into confident consultant radiologists.

6)    We subscribe to electronic reference material (StatDx® and e-anatomy®) for our residents, which they find immensely useful for their daily work and examination preparation.

7)    Residents have monthly meetings with their mentors enabling individual feedback to be given on their progress.

8)    We have monthly resident meetings and we encourage residents to give feedback to senior staff (Head of Department, Clinical Director, Programme Director, Roster Masters) regarding department workflow, roster and tutorials.

9)    Residents' reports on plain films and on-call cases are audited regularly by consultant radiologists for quality and educational purposes with written feedback given.

10) Residents' examination and training leave are given very high priority in our departmental roster. 

11) There are opportunities for research and participation in teaching activities. Please refer to the website for further details (http://medicine.nus.edu.sg/meddnr/).