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Orthopedics

Residency Program

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Orthopedic Surgery is a challenging and very fulfilling career. You get to be part of a special group of healthcare professionals who assist patients to regain their body function from diseases afflicting the musculoskeletal system. The scope of Orthopedic Surgery is very wide, ranging from clinical work to research for new ways to treat cartilage injuries and defects to managing poly-trauma patients.

Program Directors Welcome

To those of you keen on pursuing a career in Orthopedic Surgery, congratulations on making a wonderful choice. Orthopedic Surgery is a challenging and very fulfilling career. You get to be part of a special group of healthcare professionals who assist patients to regain their body function from diseases afflicting the musculoskeletal system. The scope of Orthopedic Surgery is very wide, ranging from clinical work to research for new ways to treat cartilage injuries and defects to managing poly-trauma patients. Here at SingHealth, we have a wide range of clinical experiences and patient case-mix, as well as a pool of outstanding faculty to walk this journey of residency training with you. We aim to provide you with a robust and well-structured training program to help you achieve your career goal of becoming a capable orthopedic surgeon. I invite you to join me and my team of dedicated faculty to provide quality care to patients in the field of Orthopedics. A six-year structured program, the Orthopedics Residency Program at SingHealth is set to equip you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of an orthopedic surgeon upon the completion of your training. Through an educational and supportive environment, we aim to develop you into a wellrounded orthopedic surgeon capable of dealing with the multitude of problems that afflict the musculoskeletal system such as, among others, musculoskeletal trauma, congenital disorders, sports injuries or degenerative diseases. Your training includes clinical activities, didactic
A/Prof Inderjeet Singh Rikhraj Program Director (Orthopedics) SingHealth Residency Program

Nurturing Competent Orthopedic Surgeons


As a resident, you would function as an invaluable member of the healthcare team and participate in ward rounds, outpatient specialist clinics and surgeries. With comprehensive training, timely supervision, formative assessments and nurturing mentors, you can expect to progress from one postgraduate year to the next with greater empowerment to practice as an orthopedic surgeon. Our Subspecialty Areas Spine Service Foot and Ankle Service Adult Reconstruction (AR) Service Sports Service Musculoskeletal Tumor Service Orthopedic Trauma Service Hand Surgery Service Pediatric Service

lectures, dedicated research time and regular weekly conferences. Supervision and guidance will be given from a team of senior mentors and experienced faculty.

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I enjoyed my time in the orthopedic team as my senior medical officers were extremely helpful in assimilating me smoothly into my first weeks as a house officer, while providing more than adequate amounts of supervision. The facultys commitment in their work and the philosophies they left with me have made them excellent role models to whom I will always look up to, even as I progress in my career later on.
Dr Andrew Fang Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital

Learn From The Best


Gain your competitive advantage as an orthopedic surgeon by training with SingHealth. Depth and Breadth of Clinical Material As the leading and largest healthcare cluster in Singapore, SingHealth sees a comprehensive range of patient cases. The variety and complexity of the case-mix provides you with wide exposure to clinical cases, allowing you to gain different perspectives and cultivating your mindset as an orthopedic surgeon. Specialized Orthopedic Diagnostic Centre Orthopedics in SingHealth is supported by a specialized Orthopedic Diagnostic Centre (ODC), the only one of its kind in Singapore. The center was set up with the objective of tracking clinical outcomes in an objective manner, for a variety of orthopedic procedures. These outcomes have been benchmarked against internationally published data from the leading orthopedic centers in the world and have revolutionized the thought process of trainees during their attachment with us. With Rigor of Training With competency-based, structured assessments and regular feedback by mentors on your progress, you would be equipped to learn effectively. There would be a graduated increase in responsibilities for clinical work across the observation, assisting, supervised and independent stages. Renowned Faculty, Dedicated Mentors We have a strong pool of senior surgeons who are recognized in the field of Orthopedics, both regionally and internationally. Passionate about raising the next generation of orthopedic surgeons, they have published and lectured extensively, demonstrating a high commitment to medical and academic excellence. the quantity and quality of data collected, the ODC has also contributed to research that has led to numerous peer-reviewed publications.

Program Curriculum
Orthopedic rotations take place at SingHealth hospitals, namely Singapore General Hospital (SGH), KK Womens and Childrens Hospital (KKH) and Changi General Hospital (CGH). Our hospitals do a large volume of various orthopedic procedures including joints, spinal, athroscopic surgeries and hip and knee replacements such wide span of clinical cases provide you with well-rounded perspectives as an orthopedic surgeon. Program Features Educational activities including weekly pre-operative conferences, trauma conferences, spine conferences, morbidity rounds, mini AO courses, plaster and suture courses. Sample Rotation Chart

R1 R2 R3 R4

General Surgery
4 months

Anesthesia
4 months

4 months

A&E

Trauma / General Orthopedics


12 months

Hand Surgery
3 months

6 months

Sports

Pediatrics
3 months

Trauma / Adult Reconstruction*


6 months

Research
6 months

The SGH Orthopedic Department is one of the biggest in Singapore. It is an excellent training facility providing wide exposure to many clinical cases; the consultants and teaching staff here are eager to teach and very approachable. There is ample dedicated time for case discussions during morning teachings, hands-on surgery as well as research opportunities. SGHs facilities are also one of the best in Singapore and are able to support complex operations performed mainly in tertiary centers.
Dr Mashifiqul Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital

R5 R6
Spine

Adult Reconstruction*
9 months

Musculoskeletal Oncology
3 months

6 months

6 months

Elective

* During rotation in Adult Reconstruction, residents will be sent to the Foot and Ankle rotation for 3 months

Note: This is a sample chart, actual rotations may differ.

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The SGH Orthopedic Department is the largest and most established orthopedic unit in Singapore. We have the highest patient load, perform the largest number of orthopedic procedures and is recognized as the leading regional center for complicated orthopedic surgeries. Training here has allowed me to have a quantitative and qualitative appreciation of Orthopedics. Most importantly, our consultants are passionate, highly-trained and widely-regarded, with successful clinical practices and decades of operative experience under their belt.
Dr Elton Ong Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital

Our Faculty
Program Director
A/Prof Inderjeet Singh Rikhraj Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, SGH Director, Foot & Ankle Service, SGH Visiting Associate Professor, NTU

Associate Program Directors


A/Prof Low Boon Yong Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, CGH Clinical Associate Professor, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, KKH Consultant, Department of Hand Surgery, SGH

Dr Arjandas Mahadev Dr Vincent Tay

Core Faculty
A/Prof Tan Seang Beng A/Prof Lam Khee Sien Dr David Chua Dr Andrew Chin Dr Lo Ngai Nung A/Prof Paul Chang Dr Howe Tet Sen Dr Tan Mann Hong Dr Wong Merng Koon Dr Yeo Seng Jin Dr Benjamin Tow Head & Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, SGH Head & Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, KKH Chief & Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, CGH Head & Consultant, Department of Hand Surgery, SGH Deputy Head & Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, SGH Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, SGH Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, SGH Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, SGH Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, SGH Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, SGH Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, SGH

Contact Information
Program enquiries can be sent to OrthoResidency@singhealth.com.sg For more information, please visit http://www.singhealthacademy.com.sg/ ResidencyProgram/Programs/Orthopedics For details on application and selection processes, please refer to http://www.mohh.com.sg

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Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd 31 Third Hospital Avenue #03-03 Bowyer Block C Singapore 168753 Tel: +65 6225 0488 Fax: +65 6557 2138 www.singhealth.com.sg www.singhealthacademy.com.sg
UEN No. 200002698Z Information is correct as at time of printing

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