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Honorary Clinical Fellowship and Clinical Observership


​The main objectives of these attachment programmes are for candidates to gain exposure in the Singapore healthcare industry, develop and strengthen the regional referral network, and learn specific clinical skills. 

The table below summarises the differences between Clinical Fellowship and Clinical Observership: 

Requirements/ Scope of training Honorary Clinical FellowshipClinical Observership
Scope of TrainingAllowed to be involved in patient care, write case notes, communicate care plans & perform procedures under direct supervisionOnly allowed to assist in procedures under direct supervision
Period of training allowedMaximum 12 monthsMaximum 6 months
Fulfil English proficiency test (if medium of instruction for basic degree is not in English) RequiredNot required
RequirementsMust be sponsored by either the government, regional health authority or an appropriate institution in your home country (your current employer)Not required
Prior ExperienceRequire 3 years post-housemanship experience / post-internship experience as a medical officer or have a postgraduate diploma or degreeRequire at least 12 months housemanship / internship with a certificate of satisfactory completion of housemanship or equivalent


The Fellowship / Clinical Observership Programmes at National University Hospital (NUH) offer foreign doctors attachments to the following specialties: 

  • Clinical Fellowship Training Programme in Anaesthesiology
  • Cardiac Anaesthesia Fellowship Training Programme
  • Pain Management Fellowship Training Programme
  • Clinical Fellowship in Advanced Anaesthesia
  • Clinical Fellowship Intensive Care Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology Training Programme
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing Training Programme
  • Structural Heart Disease Fellowship
  • Echocardiography Fellowship Programme
  • Advanced Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship
  • Clinical Fellowship in Heart Failure
Cardiac, Thoracic & Vascular Surgery
  • Basic Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Fellowship Training Programme
  • Advanced Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Fellowship Training Programme
  • Basic Vascular Training Fellowship
  • Intermediate Vascular Training Fellowship Programme
  • Advanced Fellowship Programme in Vascular Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Programme
  • Thoracic Surgery Advanced Fellowship Programme
  • Basic Adult Cardiac Fellowship Programme
  • Adult Cardiac Advanced Fellowship Programme
  • Advanced Fellowship Programme in Cardiac Surgery (Superfellowship)
Diagnostic Imaging
  • Fellowship Training in Diagnostic Imaging (6 subspecialties):
    1. Body Imaging
    2. Musculoskeletal Imaging
    3. Neuroradiology
    4. Breast Imaging
    5. Interventional Radiology
    6. Nuclear Medicine
  • Advanced Body Imaging Fellowship
  • General Diagnostic Imaging
  • Paediatric Radiology Fellowship
Gastroenterology & Hepatology
  • Basic Endoscopy Fellowship Training Programme
  • Fellowship Training Programme in Hepatology
  • Fellowship Training Programme - Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Fellowship Training Programme in Gastroenterology
  • Fellowship Training Programme in Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Fellowship Training Programme in Endoscopic Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Haematology Fellowship Programme
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Programme
Laboratory Medicine
  • Laboratory Haematology Fellowship Programme (Intermediate)
Radiation Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology Fellowship with Focus on Genitourinary and Gynaecological Cancer
  • Radiation Oncology Fellowship
  • Basic Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship
  • Advance Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship
  • Training Programme for Clinical Fellow in NUH Dermatology
  • Multi-Modular Fellowship Training in Dermatology (Advanced)
  • Clinical HIV Fellowship
  • Rheumatology Postgraduate for Non Advance Specialty Trainees for Fellowship
  • Training Programme in General Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Training Programme in Advanced Endocrinology Metabolism
  • Training Programme for Adult Infectious Diseases
  • Fellowship Programme in Clinical Neurophysiology-Neuromuscular
  • Epilepsy/Electroencephalography Fellowship
  • Stroke Fellowship Training Programme
  • Neurosonology Training Programme
  • Neurorehabilitation Fellowship
  • Headache Medicine Fellowship Programme
  • Advanced Clinical Fellowship in Neonatology
  • Basic Clinical Fellowship in Neonatology
  • Neonatal Respiratory Care Fellowship
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Clinical Fellowship Training Programme in Gynaecologic Oncology
  • Clinical Fellowship Training Programme in Advanced Gynaecologic Oncology
  • Training Programme for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
  • Training Programme for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM)
  • Fellowship Programme In Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)
  • Clinical Fellowship in Surgical Retina Training Programme
  • Clinical Fellowship in Orbit & Oculofacial Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Clinical Fellowship in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (8 subspecialties):
    1. Spinal Surgery
    2. Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Surgery
    3. Foot and Ankle Surgery
    4. Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
    5. Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Surgery
    6. Orthopaedic Trauma
    7. Musculoskeletal Oncology
    8. Paediatric Orthopaedics Surgery
  • Clinical Fellowship in Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Fellowship in Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology
  • General Paediatrics Fellowship Training Programme
  • Basic Paediatric Cardiology
  • Paediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Training Programme
  • Developmental - Behavioural Paediatrics Clinical Fellowship Training Programme
  • Advanced Fellowship Training in Paediatric Nephrology
  • Basic Fellowship Training in Paediatric Nephrology
  • Clinical Fellowship Training Programme in Paediatric Infectious Disease
  • Basic Paediatric Pulmonology Fellowship
  • Advanced Paediatric Pulmonology Fellowship
  • Fellowship in Basic Paediatric Neurology
  • Fellowship (Basic) in Paediatric Critical Care
  • Paediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship
  • Fellowship in Paediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT)
  • Fellowship in Paediatric Oncology
  • Fellowship in Renal Pathology
  • Fellowship in NUH Pathology
  • NUH Bone And Soft Tissue Tumour Pathology Fellowship
  • Breast Fellowship Training Programme
  • Fellowship in Upper Gastrointestinal, Bariatric Surgery & Advanced Endoscopy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Clinical Fellowship Training Programme (Misc Fellowship)
  • Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship
  • Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Training Programme
  • Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery
  • Clinical Fellowship Programme in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery
  • Neuro-Oncology Fellowship
  • Neurovascular and Skull Base Fellowship
Eligibility Criteria

The NUH Fellowship Desk will assist to obtain temporary medical registration from the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) and Training Employment Pass (TEP) from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), after SMC’s approval is obtainedWe would appreciate that you note that SMC and MOM are very strict with their guidelines. Please visit their websites for more information & check your eligibility before submitting your application. 

NUH Fellowship will charge a processing fee of S$500 only after acceptance by NUH. Additional miscellaneous fees may be applicable to certain departments. The processing period is approximately 6 to 9 months.  

You will be required to submit the following: 

  • A recognised medical degree  

  • At least 3 years' experience as a Medical Officer after Housemanship or Internship * 

  • Please note that you must be sponsored by either the government, regional health authority or an appropriate institution in your home country (your current employer) to undergo the fellowship training in Singapore. * 

  • If the teaching medium in your Basic Medical Degree is not in English, an English Proficiency Test result is requiredsubject to a 2-year validity period based on the date of the test *: 

Language Proficiency TestMinimum Requirements

(International English Language Testing Systems)

At least 7 in each of the four components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) for the academic module.

(Test of English Language as a Foreign Language)

Only TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) will be accepted.

TOEFL iBT score of at least 25 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking). The overall score must be at least 100.

OET (Australia)
(Occupational English Test)

At least Grade B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

  • Good academic record and at least 2 referees' reports 

  • Proof of citizenship in your country or permanent residents of Singapore 

  • Upon acceptance by SMC: 

    • Permit issued by MOM in Singapore 

    • Health insurance coverage for yourself during the attachment 

    • Valid malpractice insurance cover 

    • Valid BCLS Certification in Singapore (ie, to apply when on-board) 

    • Documentary proof of vaccination date records / serology report for the followings (as per Ministry of Health directive - self declaration of past illness or vaccination NOT accepted as evidence of immunity): 

    • Hepatitis B 

    • Hepatitis C 

    • Varicella 

    • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) 

    • Pertussis 

    • Influenza 

    • HIV Antibody 

    • Chest X-ray 

* Only applicable to Honorary Clinical Fellowship programmes 

Contact Us

​​For enquiries and applications, please email to: [email protected].

Global Fellows Alliance

The National University Hospital Global Fellows Alliance provides clinical fellows and clinicians who had trained in the hospital with networking opportunities, knowledge sharing and extensive resources to professional development and mentoring programmes.

You can find more information here.

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