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Surgical pathology has played and will continue to play an increasingly critical role in modern health care. However, the demands and nature of the pathology workload have also grown increasingly complex. As practicing pathologists, we feel a constant need to update and keep abreast of new discoveries and requirements that are modifying our practice and thinking. To prepare for these challenges, it is critically important that the aspiring pathology residents receive comprehensive training in an environment that combines a long tradition of academic teaching, mentorship and active research. 

At the pathology department of NUH, we have a dedicated team of highly experienced pathologists and scientists who are very keen to mentor and train residents to ensure that they are prepared for the challenges ahead. The department comprises Histopathology, Cytopathology, Electron microscopy and Diagnostic molecular pathology services. There is also close affiliation with other state of the art research laboratories (e.g. NUS and ASTAR), which provides ample opportunities for research collaboration.

There is a comprehensive range of surgical pathology and cytology cases that allow exposure to a very broad range of clinical material from common routine specimens to rare and unusual diseases and tumors. Furthermore, the faculty has subspecialty interests that give residents the opportunity to undergo in-depth training in each discipline.

The department also has a vibrant and dynamic integrated molecular diagnostic service that allows residents to gain training in molecular pathology which is a rare opportunity; not readily available in most institutions. This morpho-molecular diagnostic approach increasingly forms the backbone of how we diagnose and treat cancer in modern medicine.

Our faculty are role models for the residents and have a proven track record for the highest quality teaching.

Core Strengths of the NUHS Pathology Residency Programme:


  • Strong teaching culture with an outstanding teaching faculty (Most of our pathologists are academic staff with extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Our staff members are friendly and very approachable)
  • Many of our physicians are leading pathologists and active researchers in their subspecialties.
  • Excellent range and quantity of cases to ensure exposure to a wide variety of disease entities.
  • Excellent training and teaching facilities for our residents.
  • High physician to resident ratio to ensure highly personalised teaching, attention and care.
  • Our residents have an excellent track record with high passing rates for the pathology exams.
  • Access and exposure to research laboratories and facilities for those contemplating a more research oriented career path.
  • Access and exposure to diagnostic molecular pathology training, a very rare opportunity in this region. (Molecular pathology plays an increasingly critical role in the diagnosis and treatment of many tumours)

Please click here to find out more information about the Department of Pathology, NUH.