Rheumatology Senior Residency Programme



Welcome to one of the happiest specialties!

The sub-specialty of rheumatology includes the evaluation and treatment of a wide array of inflammatory, non-inflammatory, and degenerative diseases that affect the musculoskeletal and other organ systems.


Since 2019, the Division of Rheumatology at NUHS has been an Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR) Centre of Excellence for research, training and patient care The NUHS Rheumatology Senior Residency Programme strives for excellence in all aspects of residency education and training Our rheumatology programme aims to -

  • Train residents to become accomplished practitioners and consultants specialising in the field of rheumatic diseases;
  • Encourage rheumatology residents to further their professional development and scholarly pursuits that will ensure that they remain current in the field of rheumatology and immunology throughout the span of their careers;
  • Foster rheumatology residents' interest to contribute to future advancement in the specialisation

Graduate rheumatologists will meet the requirements to be eligible for the local advanced trainee exit examination and be certified as proficient to practise independently in either an academic institution or in private clinical practice.


Our senior residency programme consists of multiple areas of exposure over a period of three years, of which two years will fulfill the ACGME-I requirements. The programme will navigate the residents through a range of ward and outpatient-based clinical proficiencies in the field of rheumatology, with emphasis on building competencies in clinical patient management, bedside rheumatological procedures including musculoskeletal ultrasonography, joint paracentesis and injections, interprofessional interactions and research.

Residents will enjoy attachments to the various departments, options include on-site paediatric rheumatology, allergy, orthopedics, HRM, dermatology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry and laboratory medicine. There are also intra-cluster and inter-cluster rotations which will increase the resident's exposure to different rheumatology units

We believe in piquing our residents' interest in research and our dedicated faculty members are committed to providing mentorship to nurture our residents' budding research ideas To increase exposure in the area of research and evidence-based practice, we encourage our residents to attend and present their research findings at both local and international conferences in the field of rheumatology. Some of our faculty are accredited as mentors for the clinician scientist programme

Programme Highlights
  • Compassionate and nurturing teachers
  • Good-sized programme with ample room for growth
  • Excellent work-life balance
Clinical Excellence
  • The senior residency programme is structured to capitalise on the strengths and leverage on the wide breadth of clinical experience and expertise available in NUH. The Division of Rheumatology provides tertiary outpatient and inpatient care to patients with rheumatic, soft tissue and metabolic bone diseases. We also provide inpatient rheumatology consultation for all disciplines in NUH. We believe in a holistic approach to patient care and strive towards engaging patient participation in order to ensure that the best outcomes are achieved (disease remission, quality of life). The Division also helms the Outpatient Infusion Centre (OPIC) – a unit that provides outpatient parenteral therapy administered by trained nurses.
  • Our faculty is also committed to undergraduate education, postgraduate education such as the Internal Medicine Residency Programme, Rheumatology Senior Residency Programme and allied-health education. Our Division Head is Dr Peter Cheung who is also the Research Director for the division. We are blessed to have some very experienced, award winning teachers and mentors amongst our midst who are also a source of inspiration and guidance. We encourage active learning, reflection and open communications in all members of our team.
Research Opportunities
  • We actively participate in clinical trials which includes biologic agents in the treatment of rheumatic diseases supported by our clinical experience. We have ongoing clinical and basic science research relating to rheumatoid arthritis, gout, systemic sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus. In addition, we have initiatives for quality improvement and health services research, including the shared care programme with our family physicians.

For more information on the NUHS Rheumatology Senior Residency programme, please download the brochure below -

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Our Faculty

Dr Margaret Ma, Programme Director, Rheumatology Senior Residency Programme, NUHS

Dr Margaret Ma
Programme Director, Rheumatology Senior Residency Programme, NUHS

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Mr Peter Cheung, Core Faculty, Rheumatology Senior Residency Programme, NUHS

Dr Peter Cheung
Core Faculty,
Rheumatology Senior Residency Programme, NUHS

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Dr Phang Kee Fong, Core Faculty, Rheumatology Senior Residency Programme, NUHS

Dr Phang Kee Fong
Core Faculty,
Rheumatology Senior Residency Programme, NUHS

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Why should I choose rheumatology?
There are so many reasons to consider rheumatology. Not only is it considered one of the happiest specialties with good work-life balance. It is also a hugely rewarding specialty where you are able to develop long-term patient relationships and improve their quality of life. There are also many new and exciting avenues for research which can be explored.
​2. What electives do residents of the programme get to experience?
You will be encouraged to develop your interests and will have a large selection of electives to choose from. Compulsory electives include rotations to Sports Medicine, Lab Medicine and Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery. Residents have rotated to Diagnostic Radiology, Dermatology and Allergy for their free electives previously.
​3. What does a typical rotation look like?

Click below for a sample rotation plan of a typical Rheumatology Senior Resident from SR1 to SR3 -

Rheumatology FAQs

Adjustments to the rotation plans will be made based on manpower needs, but each senior resident will need to do a two-month posting with General Medicine and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) Rheumatology each year. You will also complete three compulsory electives of two weeks each at Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery, Lab Medicine and Sports Medicine in NUH. You will have one month of free elective where you are attached to a department of your interest. Finally, you will also get an opportunity to go for cross-cluster rotation at another sponsoring institution, Singapore General Hospital (SGH) or Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) for a three-month posting in your final year.

Testimonials from our Rheumatology Senior Residents


Dr Tan Su-Lin Charlotte, NUHS Rheumatology Senior Residency Programme, 2015 Cohort

“The NUHS Rheumatology Senior Residency Programme is very apprenticeship based with feedback provided during supervision clinics and inpatient services, allowing me to hone my clinical reasoning at a fast pace, and eventually exiting as a confident clinician. It is structured, with a balance of didactic tutorials via national teaching, together with research and educational opportunities. Completing the rigorous senior residency programme whilst juggling three young children would not have been possible without such a committed and caring faculty who takes a keen interest in the well-being of each and every resident.”

Dr Lee Weixian, NUHS Rheumatology Senior Residency Programme, 2017 Cohort

“The NUHS Senior Residency Programme trains you to be an excellent rheumatologist, well-versed in evidence-based medicine. Thank you, to all faculty, for their teaching and guidance.”

Dr Nur Azizah Allameen, NUHS Rheumatology Senior Residency Programme, 2018 Cohort

“I have been fascinated by rheumatology since my medical school days. I was blessed to have been under the tutelage of rheumatology professors who were excellent internists yet very humble.

The training programme at NUHS was very comprehensive with great emphasis on education. While it was rigorous, the faculty allowed a great deal of flexibility to pursue our own interests in regard to improving patient care and seeking research opportunities. The intellectual stimulation of unravelling complex diseases coupled with the rewards of helping patients with debilitating conditions made every day different and special.

The faculty are very approachable and offer a perfect balance of supervision and autonomy. I felt very supported in growth as a young clinician.”

Contact Us
Programme Director
Dr Margaret Ma
[email protected]

Programme Coordinator
Ms Lim Hui Tong
[email protected]
1E Kent Ridge Road, NUHS Tower Block, Singapore 119228
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