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

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mrgalileo1234 2y
VIP 147 days ago


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
VIP 0m ago
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.
heightcan
91 days ago

Hi, I also have the similar situation as you, and I find this blog post online. Hope this is useful for you.

https://pagalavan.com/education/for-future-doctors-housemanship-medical-officer-and-postgraduate-training-part-3/

diffinverse
90 days ago

According to NUSH 2014 Resident Manual, 

For Post-Graduate Year One residents, remediation will be referred to House Officer Training Committee (HOTC) for their necessary actions. If a resident fails to complete their Housemanship within the stipulated remediation period, he/she will not be eligible to continue residency training.

ursasnisps
89 days ago

Perhaps, there should be a Ministry of Health (MOH) directive that all graduates must go through mandatory housemanship and a year as a medical officer (MO) before appearing for interviews. 

hamletsscotch
88 days ago

Hi all,

I was just wondering if someone graduated from a medical school that is not on the list of recognized medical school, could he/she still practice in SG?

ursasnisps
87 days ago

your school not recognized? 

hamletsscotch
83 days ago

If your asking about if vet science at my uni is recognized it is, but I was just wondering about the medical school like uni of Wollongong, JCU and Notre Dame University are they recognized in SG or not?

ursasnisps
82 days ago

If not recognised, how to register with SMC

hamletsscotch
81 days ago

in some countries if ur medical degree is not recognized u must take an exam and be supervised for awhile before ur allowed to practice

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milkywaybank
VIP 61 days ago

Among those whom I've met, they are allowed conditional registration but they must be registered with the respective medical councils in their home country.


Most of these doctors are from the Philippines and work with Singhealth or NHG.

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