We proudly offer a wealth of high-quality postgraduate and undergraduate education. The educators that are the heart of our teaching mission are highly distinguished with accolades like the ACGME-I Physician Leader Award, the National Outstanding Clinician Educator Award, and the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence from NUS Medicine. We excel in teaching as a team, and have received multiple department-level teaching awards, including Clinical Training Excellence Award from NUS Medicine.

Specialist training: Residency

Our residency in Emergency Medicine is a 5-year ACGME-I and APMES (Accreditation in Post Graduate Medical Education in Singapore) programme. The residents are awarded the Master of Medicine in Emergency Medicine at the end of junior residency and attain board certification by Singapore Accreditation Board upon completion of the programme. The most important features of our residency that set it apart are:

  • Clinical rotations in a comprehensive range of specialties necessary to Emergency Medicine practice including Paediatrics Critical Care, Cardiology, Intensive Care Medicine, Orthopaedics, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
  • High-fidelity simulation customised by EM specialists with interest in simulation and supported by our affiliate Centre for Healthcare Simulation (CMS@NUS).
  • Procedure training at regular and repeated intervals using high-fidelity mannequins from both within our department and CMS@NUS to learn and refine critical and emergent bedside interventional skills.
  • Research and Critical Appraisal Training by our EM specialists, with regular interactive journal clubs to encourage application and practice. These EM specialists contribute extensively to the Asia-Pacific Evidence Based Medicine course held regularly in NUHS.
  • Emergency Medicine Core Curriculum (EMCC) conducted both internally and nationally with protected time imparting key knowledge and applications in Emergency Medicine and related entities.

Read more about our residency programme here. 

We invest heavily in training our non- and pre-specialist doctors and nurses. Advanced Practice Nurses, Emergency Nurses, and rotation-based Medical Officers receive tailored curricula which include:

  • Structured Nursing courses like the Advanced Emergency Nursing Course and Advanced Medical Nursing Course
  • Geriatric Nursing with specialised nursing shifts focused on holistic care of the elderly
  • Case-based interactive tutorials with local subject matter experts on core emergency medicine topics, blueprinted to must-know conditions in the parallel residency curriculum
  • Question banks for test-enhanced learning, privately developed for regular practice of information from tutorials to local clinical encounters
  • Simulation training in emergency medicine procedural skills, such as suturing, cast application, and airway management
  • Simulated resuscitations using virtual patients for easy access and asynchronous learning
  • Face-to-face resuscitation training using mannequins facilitated by tutors trained in best practices in simulation design and debriefing
  • Online classroom for asynchronous learning and catching up on missed activities. Advanced topics (like emergency ultrasound) allow flexibility to explore further and faster at one's own pace
  • Workplace based assessments with assigned mentors amid a strong teaching culture to foster self-monitoring, reflection, and to maximise learning value from daily clinical practice
  • Monthly morbidity and mortality rounds, intra-departmental grand rounds, and regular inter-departmental grand rounds offering a wealth of relevant and well-curated information for the developing clinician, and opportunities to practise searching, appraising and presenting medical literature under faculty guidance

Here are some feedback from our recent Medical Officers:

"Everyone was very easy to work with and learn from. I've learnt lots and hope to be able to come back and contribute to the department!"

"Curriculum [is] very good, practical sessions were especially useful (eg. intubation, scenarios for ventilation and NIV). I have not met a nicer group of seniors and department as a whole before on all my previous postings". 

Post-specialist training: Fellowship, observership

As part of a tertiary referral centre, our EM specialists train lifelong in the expert management of rare conditions spanning obstetric and neonatal resuscitation to geriatric care and congenital heart diseases. Our Clinical Fellowship and Clinical Observership programmes have hosted colleagues from all around the globe including USA, Saudi Arabia and Estonia, integrating emergency practice with international exchange.

Read more about Hands-off Observership here.

Read more about Clinical Fellowship here.

Undergraduate training: Clinical Posting for Medical Students and Electives

We are the anchoring department for medical students from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS. Over 4 weeks, our students are offered a wealth of learning opportunities and build a firm foundation through small-group bedside patient encounters, didactic lectures, simulations, procedure stations, tutorials and more.

Our popularity amongst both local and overseas medical students requesting elective opportunities is testament to the quality of education found here. Prospective international medical students who are interested to do electives at NUH EMD may enquire here.