NHG NATIONAL PSYCHIATRY RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Psychiatry 

The years ahead have been described as the Decade of Psychiatry. With the growth in research in the field of neuroscience, increasing awareness of psychiatric issues in medical conditions and the implementation of the National Mental Health Blueprint for Singapore, the future for a career in psychiatry is bright. Psychiatry truly combines the art and science of Medicine – therefore, if you are someone with good 'people' skills and agree that there is no health without mental health, then psychiatry offers a challenging and stimulating career for you.

Training the next generation of psychiatrists 

The National Healthcare Group (NHG) Psychiatry Residency Program aims to train psychiatrists in the management of a wide range of psychiatric conditions to meet Singapore’s present and future mental health needs.

 

The program ensures that you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of mental health settings including rotations in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Tan Tock Seng (TTSH), Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH), National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and Changi General hospital (CGH).

 

During the five-year residency program, you will participate in a wide range of didactic sessions, with opportunities for supervised clinical experience in general psychiatry and the various psychiatry sub-specialties.

 

We offer valuable working opportunities in multi-disciplinary teams and interaction with professionals in the other medical disciplines. There will be competency-based, formative and summative assessments and you will be supervised by experienced and committed faculty members.

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Faculty Members

  Name

 

Designation and Department

 

Program Director: 

 

Dr Sim Kang 

 Dr Sim Kang, PD of Psychiatry 

Senior Consultant, IMH 

 

Associate Program Directors: 

 

Dr Aaron Ang Lye Poh 

Consultant and Head, Department of Psychological Medicine, TTSH 

Dr Tan Lay Ling 

Senior Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, CGH 

Dr Lai Yew Min 

 Senior Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, NUH 

 Dr Chan Herng Nieng  

 Consultant, Department of Psychiatry, SGH 

Dr Ong Seh Hong 

 Senior Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, KTPH 

Core Faculty: 

 

Dr Sengupta Somnath 

Consultant, Department of General Psychiatry I, IMH 

Dr Jerome Goh Hern Yee 

 Consultant and Chief, Department of General & Forensic Psychiatry, IMH 

CI A/Prof Chong Siow Ann 

Senior Consultant, Department of Early Psychosis Intervention, IMH
 Vice-Chairman Medical Board (Research), IMH
 

Dr Gomathinayagam Kandasami  

Consultant and Acting Chief, Department of Addiction Medicine, IMH 

Dr Cai Yiming 

Senior Consultant, Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, IMH
 Advisor, Department of General and Forensic Psychiatry, IMH
 

Dr Ong Say How 

Senior Consultant and Chief, Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, IMH 

Dr Leong Jern-Yi, Joseph 

Consultant, Department of Community Psychiatry, IMH
 Consultant, Department of General Psychiatry I, IMH
 

Dr Sujatha Rao 

 Consultant and Deputy Chief, Department of Early Psychosis Intervention, IMH 

Dr Harish Magadi Gopalakrishna 

Consultant, Department of Geriatric Psychiatry, IMH 

CI A/Prof Chiam Peak Chiang

Senior Consultant, Department of Geriatric Psychiatry, IMH
Vice-Chairman Medical Board (Education), IMH

Dr Habeebul Rahman S/O Sahul Hameed 

Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, TTSH 

Dr Samuel Cheng Eng Teck  

Senior Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, CGH 

 Dr Andrew Peh Lai Huat 

 Senior Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, CGH 

Cl A/Prof John Wong Chee Meng 

 Senior Consultant and Head, Department of Psychological Medicine, NUH
 Vice-Chairman Medical Board (Education), NUH 

Cl A/Prof Leslie Lim Eng Choon 

Senior Consultant, Department of Psychiatry, SGH 

Dr Lee Huei Yen 

 Senior Consultant, Department of Psychiatry, SGH 

Dr Chan Keen Loong 

 Senior Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, KTPH 

For further information, please contact:

Program Director

Dr Sim Kang 

Email: kang_sim@imh.com.sg  

Program Coordinator

Mr Winston Wong 

Email: Winston_Zx_WONG@nhg.com.sg 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Where will I do my rotations? 

You will do your rotations in medicine, surgery, and neurology in the general hospitals. For your psychiatry rotations, you will be rotated to the various participating sites – IMH and the departments of psychological medicine at TTSH, KTPH, SGH, CGH and NUH.

 

What are the sub-specialties available in psychiatry?

Sub-specialties include general adult psychiatry, community psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. The SAF residents will be trained in military psychiatry.

 

You may also be trained further in special areas like women’s mental health, eating disorders, neuropsychiatry, mood and anxiety disorders, research and psychotherapy

 

What examinations do I have to take to become a specialist in psychiatry?

There will be continuous formative evaluations throughout your five years of residency. In addition, to be registered with the Specialist Accreditation Board (SAB) as a specialist in Psychiatry, you will have to pass either the Master of Medicine in Psychiatry or Member of the Royal College Psychiatry Examinations during your training, followed by the Psychiatry Exit Examinations at the end of your training.

 

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