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Questions on Housemanship, Residency Years in both medicine and dentistry.

15 Jul 2018 by mrgalileo1234 2y


Hello, I'm a student (Singapore PR) studying a science undergraduate course overseas. I have plans to apply to graduate medicine / dentistry after obtaining my bachelor's degree, provided I get a good GPA. For medicine, I've heard that once graduate students, they have to return to Singapore for a year of housemanship (a year of familiarizing yourself with the local medical culture and health issues prevailing in SG). After that, since these overseas students have no bond, are they free to work as fully fledged doctors in private clinics? In addition, how difficult is it for Singapore PRs to get a place in housemanship? If I'm not wrong, without a year of housemanship, you're a medically trained but uncertified doctor. Secondly, for dentists, do they have housemanship as well?

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Admin DXD on 15 Jul 2018
Hi Galileo, foreign trained and local trained doctors alike are ONLY allowed to work in private once they have gotten their Full Registration from the SMC. Everyone starts off on Conditional Registration. C to F Reg used to take only a year or 2, but lately this process can take up to 5 years, depending on your work performance, supervisor assessment etc etc. There are some whispers amongst doctors that it's an artificial method to keep doctors within the public system (never verified). As there are too many doctors in the system (poor projections by MOH), it's becoming harder for both PRs and foreign trained doctors to get a housemanship placing in Singapore. As of 2017/2018, SMC is actively encouraging foreign trained doctors to complete their housemanship abroad, which was previously unprecedented (they advised med students to return to Sg for their housemanship). Dentists have the same F reg C reg thingy, and some are also stuck on C reg for ages, which means that they cannot practice unsupervised. In the private sector, as you can imagine, this is a real killer.
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