The NUHS National Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) Programme takes care of PGY1 doctors rotating through clinical postings at the National University Hospital and Ng Teng Feng General Hospital.
To build the strong foundation of an all rounded-doctor equipped with the NUHS TRICEP values Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Excellence and Patient-Centredness.
- The programme provides an integrated, structured and comprehensive training programme for the PGY1 doctor at NUHS through the areas of:
- Clinical Education and Training: providing broad-based and expansive clinical experience and training under close supervision, with opportunities for academic stimulation and growth.
- Pastoral Care and Welfare: providing mentorship and opportunities for holistic and humanistic growth and development.
- Assessments: providing a seamless and coordinated process to complete the assessment requirements for full medical registration.
- Administration: providing administrative and logistics support of posting, from start to end.
- NUHS is an Integrated Academic Health System and Regional Health System serving the community in the western region of Singapore.
- At NUHS, PGY1 rotations take place at National University Hospital (NUH) and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH). PGY1s are able to experience unique programme features in each campus. PGY1s will also get to experience a diverse range of complex patient care needs at both campuses.
- PGY1s will rotate through various disciplines (Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and Paediatrics).
Outstanding Features of NUHS PGY1 Programme
- Four-monthly rotations for PGY1s in five MOH accredited PGY1 disciplines (Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology (only at NUH), and Paediatrics (only at NUH).
- NUHS offers rich academic and clinical experiences augmented by a strong mentoring culture
- We offer good patient case mix and well-balanced case load which allow our faculty to dedicate time to training and supervision.
- Strong teaching culture with outstanding and dedicated teaching faculty who are always ready to share their knowledge and insights.
- Core Education Programme (CEP). A comprehensive weekly educational session dedicated to PGY1s, prepared and delivered by specialists in the five core PGY1 disciplines, to ensure that the quality academic education underpins strong clinical performance and experience.
- Mindfulness Doctor Programme (MD). A unique monthly session aimed at introducing concepts of mindfulness and reflection to PGY1s, and help PGY1s cope with challenges in the transition from school to clinic.
- Float system (as opposed to traditional night calls) in Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Orthopaedics at NUH.
NUH Programme Director
Dr Jeremy Lin
NUH Associate Programme Directors
IM - Dr Nisha Suyien Chandran
GS - Dr Tang Siau Wei
Ortho - Dr Chee Yu Han
Paeds - Dr Tan Mae Yue
NUH Core Faculty
IM - Dr Valencia Lim
IM - Dr Felicia Teo Su Wei
IM - Dr Mark Muthiah
IM - Dr Garvi Pandya Jagdishchandra
IM – Dr Wong Tsz Yeung Emmett
IM - Dr May Liau Mei Qi
GS - Dr Pang Ning Qi
GS - Dr Lynette Loo
GS - Dr Teo Kejia
GS - Dr Wang Ziting
OBG - Dr Lim Li Min
OBG - Dr Vanaja Kalaichelvan
Ortho - Dr Poh Keng Soon
Paeds - Dr Sng Anjian Andrew
Paeds - Dr Nicholas Ng Beng Hui
Ms Cecilia Sim
Ms Queh Sin Yee
Ms Jacquline Lam
NTFGH Programme Director
Dr Tng Eng Loon
NTFGH Associate Programme Directors
IM - Adj Asst Prof Foo Rui Min
GS - Dr Aung Lwin
Ortho - Dr Ho Yew Ming
NTFGH Core Faculty
IM - Dr Elaine Boey
IM - Dr Chan Soo Ling
IM - Dr Jenna Chaung
IM - Dr Low Sanmay
IM - Dr Poon Yoke Chen
IM - Dr Chen Weihao
IM - Dr Lee Weixian
IM - Dr Melanie Tan
IM - Dr Tiong Yee Sian
GS - Dr Jesse Hu
GS - Dr Oh Han Boon
GS - Dr Chen Ming Qi
GS - Adj Asst Prof Loke Wei Tim
Ortho - Dr Renita Sirisena
Ortho - Dr Lin Shuxun
NTFGH PGY1 Programme - NTFGH_PGY1@nuhs.edu.sg
Find out more details on NTFGH PGY1 Programme from the NTFGH PGY1 website
NUHS PGY1 Teaching Curriculum
The basis of PGY1 education at NUHS is close supervision of daily work in addition to clinical training. In addition, the NUHS National PGY1 Programme has designed various forms of guided and self-directed learning sessions during your rotation.
The teaching sessions are held during lunch time to conveniently integrate teaching into busy work schedules. Each type of teaching is conducted over a 4-month period, and is conducted thrice per year.
Types of PGY1 Teaching
1. Orientation and Objective Structured Practical Examination (OPSE)
A PGY1 new to NUHS will undergo a comprehensive orientation and a unique NUHS way of welcoming you – Objective Structured Practical Examination (OPSE). OSPE consists of 10-12 stations of common “Called To See Patient (CTSP)” scenarios that aim to equip PGY1s with the knowledge and skills, and increase their confidence to handle common clinical encounters.
2. House Officers (HO) Foundational Teaching (for NTFGH postings)
HO Foundational Teaching is conducted throughout the 4-month period. Prepared and delivered by specialists across various disciplines, it consists of practical topics that equip PGY1s in handling common situations encountered in the wards.
3. CEP Teaching
This is a comprehensive list of practical and must-know “Please come to see the patient” topics from across many medical and surgical specialties. CEP Teaching is conducted weekly during protected time for all PGY1s, regardless of your current posting i.e. A PGY1 in a General Surgery posting will also undergo CEP topics that include medical and paediatric teachings. The topics are designed to impart all-rounded clinical knowledge and help cultivate professionalism in PGY1s.4. Simulation (SIM) Teaching
SIM Teaching provides PGY1s with hands-on experience in managing medical conditions and emergencies in a controlled environment using life-sized manikins.
5. E-learn and Full Code® Application
In addition to didactic teaching, the faculty has developed mobile applications with a series of recorded teachings on various topics that PGY1s can access and learn at their own pace and interest. In addition, PGY1s are provided access to Full Code®, an application developed by our faculty to impart the management of common emergency situations and medical cases.
NUHS PGY1 Posting Awards
The committee members strive to recommend the award of the Certificate of Experience to all PGY1 doctors so as to facilitate their application for registration with the SMC.
In addition, PGY1 doctors who demonstrate excellent qualities during their postings will be nominated for the NUHS Awards of Excellence.
Exploring PGY1 Training in NUHS - Meet the Faculty
Join NUHS as a PGY1 doctor and decide if you want to pursue further training and a career in NUHS. Register your interest with us through the following ways:
- YLL/LKC/Duke-NUS final year medical students can attend our annual Meet-the-Faculty session (December). Notice will be given through the medical schools.
- Overseas final year medical students can email us:
What Should I Do to Join the NUHS PGY1 Programme?
- Simply choose NUH or NTFGH postings as your FIRST CHOICE in the MOHH posting exercise
- PGY1 doctors are generally allowed a maximum of 2 postings within a hospital but are allowed to do all 3 postings within the same healthcare cluster. We encourage PGY1 doctors to select postings in different institutions to experience the diverse healthcare system and clinical practices in Singapore, as this will help you decide on residency training and career options in the future.
- MOHH will inform you of the posting allocation.
- Those posted to NUH or NTFGH will experience the NUHS PGY1 programme.
- Refer to the FAQs and Brochures for more details
NUHS PGY1 Testimonials
Mentorship and Teachings
'Good variety and volume of patient cases. Knowledgeable and approachable consultants who were willing to teach and guide the junior doctors'
'A few senior mentors dedicated to teaching and explained thought processes to juniors, making work more meaningful. They also demonstrated passion in their work, serving as good role models for us to emulate.'
'Consultants and seniors are generally available and readily approachable to guide and help us. Our work is supervised thoroughly, which allows us to learn from our mistakes and grow to become better HOs.'
'Good mix of teaching from didactic learning and inpatient cases'
'Pro-teaching culture, very supportive'
'I really appreciate the strong teaching culture amongst the juniors and seniors that I had encountered, as often times, junior doctors are so caught up in their administrative/logistical duties that they are unable to learn as a doctor'
'Culture of teaching/mentorship towards junior doctors - very beneficial for learning and personal growth/development'
'Strong senior-junior culture, kind mentors, variety and complexity of cases'
'NTFGH is a very modern hospital. The Epic is a very good system to use. Investigations get done very quickly in NTFGH, and things are very efficient.'
'It is good to have a rotation with a registrar in a team, allows me to learn a lot more from understanding why she makes certain clinical decisions'
'NUH has a very welcoming environment for new staff in a sense that they are very dedicated in providing adequate training for new staff to enable them to better acclimatize to the new environment. It makes me feel at ease quickly and allows me to find the confidence to hit the ground running early, having the appropriate training and knowing that I have adequate pastoral care.'
'Learnt a lot about presenting patients during ward rounds and discharge planning and options available for patients. Additionally, learn how to effectively document issues list on daily progress notes'
'Good support from co-HOs, MOs, registrars and consultants for PGY1s' learning and welfare'
'Excellent rotation and I truly enjoyed working with the team of doctors, nurses, and allied health staff. Great variety of cases of varying complexities seen that helped enhance learning greatly.'
'Good learning environment, seniors were usually on hand to explain clinical rationale whenever necessary. Sufficient manpower to ensure that there was on average 1 weekend off to receive sufficient rest. Camaraderie amongst fellow PGY1s in Orthopaedics to ensure uneven workloads gets completed in a timely manner.'
'Great exposure to a variety of cases and hands on with guidance from residents'
'Strong support and guidance from faculty, created a safe environment for us to learn and grow as junior doctors. The relatively small department of Paediatrics also allowed for us to get to know the nurses and allied health staff better during the posting, which helped greatly in interprofessional collaboration at work.'
'Really appreciate the effort the tutors and admin staff put into zoom teachings, and learnt a lot from the teachings! It was nice to rotate through both general medicine and sub-speciality postings. Loved the night float system!'
'I find the float system very helpful in managing workload and stress.'
'Having the float system, meant that I was fresh at the start of my shift, and had more energy and capacity for better clinical reasoning, translating to better care for my patients. It also meant that if I did not manage to sleep or rest at all, during the shift, I would still be able to get adequate rest. Overall I felt less frustrated and tired. And was able to care for my patients better.'
'I really like the float system as it really allowed me to learn how to clerk and manage patients properly overnight, as opposed to the 24+6h call system'
'Float system ensured that we had adequate rest, excellent teaching culture'