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Undergraduate Education in Ophthalmology

Medical undergraduates from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine undergo training in various eye units across Singapore. This programme is coordinated by the NUS Department of Ophthalmology. It lasts 24 weeks, consisting of 12 postings usually held in the first semester of the academic year. For the 4th year medical students posted to our department, each posting comprises two weeks of intensive coursework. 

Since 2002, the undergraduate teaching programme has adopted a clinically oriented approach, using a problem-oriented and evidence-based method for addressing common ophthalmic presentations and relevant eye disorders in general medicine. This approach is continually refined and adapted to ensure optimal exposure and knowledge transfer to undergraduates. 

Teaching Curriculum 

In their second year, students are instructed in the use of the direct ophthalmoscope to detect and diagnose common medical disorders such as diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive retinopathy and to identify more serious conditions like papilloedema (swollen optic nerves from high intracranial pressure). 


During the third and four years of undergraduate training, students participate in a two-week clinical ophthalmology programme at the NUH Eye Surgery Centre. In this period, they receive instruction and supervision from by a diverse and dedicated pool of eye specialists. The programme also includes a series of interactive tutorials and clinical sessions on problem-oriented approaches to important eye conditions. Students also gain exposure to general & subspecialty ophthalmology clinics, wards and operating theatres to hone their clinical skills. The assessment of medical students is based on a case study (50%), multiple-choice questions (25%) and a slide quiz (25%), contributing to the final mark at the Final Professional Examination in Medicine. 


Ongoing Improvements to the Teaching curriculum 

Annually, the department conducts a comprehensive review and revision of the two-week clinical attachment programme and teaching modules in Ophthalmology. Medical undergraduate coordinators are appointed in each institution (NUH, Singapore National Eye Centre and Tan Tock Seng Hospital) to facilitate and assist in the coordination of the teaching programme. 

Postgraduate Education in Ophthalmology

The NUH Eye Surgery Centre is active in training residents at both the Basic and Advanced phases of their specialist training in Ophthalmology. With specialists covering all major sub-specialties in Ophthalmology, a robust clinical and surgical volume, a regular education programme, and a firm commitment to training, residents can anticipate a well-rounded and complete ophthalmic training experience. 

Basic Specialist Training (BST) 

BST in Ophthalmology spans a duration of three years. Beginning residents commence with General Ophthalmology clinics and Eye Casualty. Subsequently, they undergo rotations through various ophthalmic subspecialties, gaining access to ophthalmic surgery. Throughout their training, residents may be rotated to one or more of the other Ophthalmology units in Singapore. 


Advanced Specialist Training (AST) 

The NUH Eye Surgery Centre is also involved in training advanced specialist trainees during a three-year period following the completion of BST. This leads to the award of the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCSEd) and Fellowship of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (FAMS). AST trainees, designated as registrars, assume increased responsibility in patient management. They spend six months each in various ophthalmic subspecialties, including Cornea, Glaucoma, Retina, Oculoplastics, Paediatric Ophthalmology and Comprehensive Ophthalmology/Neuro-ophthalmology.  


For more information, please contact Division of Graduate Medical Studies (DGMS). 

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Sessions 

The following CME sessions are held on a weekly basis: 







  • FFA Round 

  • Clinical Grand Round 

  • Clinico-Pathologico-Radiologic Rounds (monthly) 

  • BST Teaching 

  • AST Teaching 

  • Dept CME 

  • Journal Club 

  • Morbidity & Mortality Rounds (monthly) 

  • NUH CME 



There are currently no available courses.  

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