Education

NUHS PGY1 Programme

2024/07/02
NUHS National PGY1 Programme

Introduction

The NUHS National Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) Programme takes care of PGY1 doctors rotating through clinical postings at the National University Hospital (NUH) and Ng Teng Feng General Hospital (NTFGH).

Vision

To build the strong foundation of an all rounded-doctor equipped with the NUHS TRICEP values Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Excellence and Patient-Centredness.

Mission

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.

Training Site

  • 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 the 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 such as Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and Paediatrics.
Programme Highlights
  • 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.
Types of PGY1 Teachings
  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 Foundational Teaching (for NTFGH postings)
    Foundational Teaching is conducted throughout the four-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 Award

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:

For more information on the NUHS National PGY1 Programme, please download the brochure below -

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Our Faculty
NUH
Dr Jeremy Lin,Programme Director, National PGY1 Programme, NUHS

Dr Jeremy Lin
Programme Director, National PGY1 Programme, NUHS

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Dr Nisha Suyien Chandran, Associate Programme Director, National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

Dr Nisha Suyien Chandran
Associate Programme Director,
National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

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Dr Lynette Loo, Associate Programme Director, National PGY1 Programme (General Surgery), NUHS

Dr Lynette Loo
Associate Programme Director,
National PGY1 Programme (General Surgery), NUHS

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Dr Chee Yu Han, Associate Programme Director, National PGY1 Programme (Orthopaedic Surgery), NUHS

Dr Chee Yu Han
Associate Programme Director,
National PGY1 Programme (Orthopaedic Surgery), NUHS

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Dr Tan Mae Yue, Associate Programme Director, National PGY1 Programme (Paediatric Medicine), NUHS

Dr Tan Mae Yue
Associate Programme Director,
National PGY1 Programme (Paediatric Medicine), NUHS

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Dr Valencia Lim, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

Dr Valencia Lim
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

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Dr Felicia Teo Su Wei, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

Dr Felicia Teo Su Wei
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

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Dr Mark Muthiah, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

Dr Mark Muthiah
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

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Dr Garvi Pandya Jagdishchandra, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

Dr Garvi Pandya Jagdishchandra
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

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Dr Wong Tsz Yeung Emmett, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

Dr Wong Tsz Yeung Emmett
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

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Dr May Liau Mei Qi, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

Dr May Liau Mei Qi
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

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Dr Pang Ning Qi, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (General Surgery), NUHS

Dr Pang Ning Qi
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (General Surgery), NUHS

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Dr Teo Kejia, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (General Surgery), NUHS

Dr Teo Kejia
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (General Surgery), NUHS

Dr Wang Ziting, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (General Surgery), NUHS

Dr Wang Ziting
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (General Surgery), NUHS

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Dr Norman Lin, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (General Surgery), NUHS

Dr Norman Lin
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (General Surgery), NUHS

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Dr Lim Li Min, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Obstetrics and Gynaecology), NUHS

Dr Lim Li Min
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (Obstetrics and Gynaecology), NUHS

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Dr Vanaja Kalaichelvan, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Obstetrics and Gynaecology), NUHS

Dr Vanaja Kalaichelvan
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (Obstetrics and Gynaecology), NUHS

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Dr Poh Keng Soon, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Orthopaedic Surgery), NUHS

Dr Poh Keng Soon
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (Orthopaedic Surgery), NUHS

Dr Sng Anjian Andrew, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Paediatric Medicine), NUHS

Dr Sng Anjian Andrew
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (Paediatric Medicine), NUHS

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Dr Nicholas Ng, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Paediatric Medicine), NUHS

Dr Nicholas Ng
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (Paediatric Medicine), NUHS

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NTFGH
Adj Asst Prof Foo Rui Min, Programme Director, National PGY1 Programme (Infectious Diseases), NUHS

Adj Asst Prof Foo Rui Min
Programme Director, National PGY1 Programme (Infectious Diseases), NUHS

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Dr Aung Lwin, Associate Programme Director, National PGY1 Programme (General Surgery), NUHS

Dr Aung Lwin
Associate Programme Director,
National PGY1 Programme (General Surgery), NUHS

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Dr Elaine Boey, Associate Programme Director, National PGY1 Programme (Cardiology),  NUHS

Clin Asst Prof Elaine Boey
Associate Programme Director,
National PGY1 Programme (Cardiology),
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Dr Eugene Lau

Dr Eugene Lau
Associate Programme Director,
National PGY1
Programme
(Orthopaedic Surgery), NUHS

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Dr Chan Soo Ling, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

Dr Chan Soo Ling
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (Endocrinology), NUHS

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Dr Jenna Chaung, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

Dr Jenna Chaung
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (Infectious Diseases), NUHS

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Dr Low Sanmay, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

Dr Low Sanmay
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (Renal Medicine), NUHS

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Dr Poon Yoke Chen, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

Dr Poon Yoke Chen
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

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Dr Melanie Tan, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

Dr Melanie Tan
Core Faculty,
National PGY1
Programme (Geriatric
Medicine), NUHS

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Dr Tiong Yee Sian, Core Faculty, National PGY1  Programme (Internal Medicine), NUHS

Dr Tiong Yee Sian
Core Faculty,
National PGY1
Programme
(Endocrinology), NUHS

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Dr Cheryl Chua, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme (Rheumatology), NUHS

Dr Cheryl Chua
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme (Rheumatology), NUHS

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Dr Charlotte Tan, Core Faculty, National PGY1  Programme  (Rheumatology), NUHS

Dr Charlotte Tan
Core Faculty,
National PGY1
Programme
(Rheumatology), NUHS

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Dr Tan Yi Quan
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme
(General Surgery), NUHS

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Dr Heidi Chang, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme  (General Surgery), NUHS

Dr Heidi Chang
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme
(General Surgery), NUHS

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Dr Kwek Liling
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme
(General Surgery), NUHS

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Dr Cheong Chern Yuen, Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme  (General Surgery), NUHS

Dr Cheong Chern Yuen
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme
(General Surgery), NUHS

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Adj Asst Prof Khor Yuet Peng,  Core Faculty, National PGY1 Programme  (Orthopaedic Surgery), NUHS

Adj Asst Prof Khor Yuet Peng
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme
(Orthopaedic Surgery), NUHS

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Dr Joel Lee
Core Faculty,
National PGY1 Programme
(Orthopaedic Surgery), NUHS

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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 this document (PDF, 578KB) for more details.
Testimonial from our PGY1 Resident

Dr Delphine Kao

Dr Delphine Kao, NUHS National PGY1 Programme, 2021 Cohort

"As a HO fresh out of medical school, the culture in NUHS felt very warm and welcoming. I remember being quite nervous stepping into the working environment and having patients to take ownership of. Slowly and gradually, my anxiety eased and I started to pick up skills along the way as seniors in NUHS regardless of rank, would take time out to teach hard skills like clinical approaches and soft skills such as how to break bad news and how to conduct a family conference.

Besides the opportunistic teachings during ward rounds everyday, the NUHS PGY1 Programme also organises workshops for us that guide us through the daily scenarios that we may face. In Paediatrics at NUH, there are clinical simulation courses for common CTSPs and emergencies like code blue. I've found myself remembering these simulation courses and what was taught when I'm on-call and faced with the same emergency. A sedation course was also taught to us and as HOs, it felt empowering to be able to administer sedation and help relieve the workload of our seniors.

Lastly, NUHS really puts in effort to ensure the welfare of its PGY1s. For IM, NUH is one that does the night float system, allowing us to have shorter working hours and less fatigue, yet similar clinical learning opportunities as overnight calls. For Paediatrics at NUH, we have 8am post-call which does wonders for mental health. Many NUHS seniors have been working hard to advocate for shorter working hours for their juniors by carrying out further studies on the benefits of the float system. I really see that our feedback is heard and our welfare is well-protected in NUHS.

All in all, I have truly enjoyed my PGY1 Programme in NUHS and could not have asked for a better place to grow."

Contact Us
Programme Coordinators

Ms Cecilia Sim
[email protected]

Ms Queh Sin Yee
[email protected]  

Ms Jacquline Lam
[email protected] 

Ms Fanny Yik
[email protected]

NTFGH PGY1 Programme
[email protected]

Get more details on the NTFGH PGY1 Programme here.

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