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Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Programme

The  NUHS  Cardiothoracic  Surgery  (CTS)  Residency  Programme  is a six-year programme which 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

  1. The curriculum will increasingly include simulation programmes so that residents could acquire sufficient operative skills before performing the procedures on a real patient.
  2. 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, e.g. 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.  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.
  3. One integrated training site with exposure to all essential CTS subspecialties and  diverse  caseloads  including  adult  cardiac,  congenital  cardiac,  general thoracic, transcatheter valve therapies and minimally-invasive surgery. 
  4. Strong research heritage in our university department, with opportunities in basic science, clinical and translational research.
  5. 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. MSc, or PhD).
  6. NUHS  is  an  Academic  Medical  Centre  (AMC)  thus  residents  will receive excellent assistance from AMC in preparation for grant applications.
  7. 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 institutes and impart research skills in our residents.

Programme Details

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Our Faculty

Programme Director
Dr Jimmy Hon

Core Faculty
A/Prof Tam John Kit Chung
Dr Ramanathan Kollengode Ramaswamy
Dr Ooi Oon Cheong
Dr Harish Mitiran Muthiah

Contact Us

Programme Director

Dr Jimmy Hon

Programme Coordinator

Ms Jessica Yen  


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