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What are the prospects of overseas medical graduates in Singapore?

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hellopanda
VIP 152 days ago


Do you have to complete your house officer/medical officer in the country you study before coming back? Is residency difficult to secure as compared to local graduates? Hi, i am currently a polytechnic student and i plan to study a science degree(pharmacy) in Australia right after my NS. Given my course, i am able to exempt two years off the degree and after the degree, i plan to enroll in post graduate medicine (MD). So i was wondering, What are the prospects of overseas medical graduates in Singapore? Do you have to complete your house officer/medical officer in the country you study before coming back? Is residency difficult to secure as compared to local graduates? I am also looking at Duke-NUS medicine, so if possible, i hope someone will give me an insight on this as well, thank you very much!

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Admin DXD
VIP 0m ago

Do you have to complete your house officer/medical officer in the country you study before coming back?

No, although I'd suggest it so that you get registered as a practitioner in your country of study. More options on where to work is always a good thing. 

Is residency difficult to secure as compared to local graduates?

No, but in general, residency is much harder now with much fewer spots than before, due to an oversupply of doctors and trainees in the system.

wigeonwoots
65 days ago

Nowadays More overseas-trained Singaporean medical graduates are returning home to work. There are now 978 Singaporeans working in the public sector who trained overseas, according to the Singapore Medical Council's (SMC) 2014 annual report, it's most recent.

This is a rise of 40 percent from 2011 when there were just 686.

hellopanda
VIP 0m ago
Thank you for your reply! but why is it recommended that i get registered as a practitioner in the country of study first? Is it because i do not have to complete HO/MO in Singapore before applying for residency?
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Admin DXD
VIP 0m ago
1. MOHH has told returning students that there may not be enough HO positions in the years to come.

2. Getting registered in your country of study will allow you the option to practice there too. Flexibility when it comes to place of practice as a doctor is very very important.
3. You can apply for residency as long as you are practising in Singapore.

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