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.

Example of Rotation for R1 Residents:  

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Faculty Members

  Name

 

Designation and Department

 

Program Director: 

 

Adj A/Prof Sim Kang 

 Dr Sim Kang, PD of Psychiatry 

Senior Consultant, IMH 

Adj A/Prof Sim Kang is currently a senior consultant psychiatrist at the Institute of Mental Health and an adjunct Associate Professor with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He completed a Masters of Science in Health Professionals Education at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions under the Health Manpower Development Plan Award (Ministry of Health) in 2014. Apart from his educational and clinical duties, he has a keen interest in psychiatric and clinical research focussing on psychopharmacology, neurocognition and the biological basis of phenotypes of major psychiatric illnesses (especially psychosis) involving neuroimaging and genetic tools. He has published over 140 research papers, contributed several book chapters as well as served as a reviewer for many international, peer reviewed journals. He is a previous recipient of several research and educational awards including the NHG NUHS Doctor Award at the NHG Annual Scientific Congress in 2009, Singapore Clinician-Investigator Award (Gold) at the Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress in 2011, IMH Clinical Mentorship Award in 2011 and the NHG Education Leader Award in 2014.

Associate Program Directors: 

 
Adj.Asst Prof Tor Phern Chern Consultant, Department of General Psychiatry 2, IMH

Adj A/Prof Aaron Ang Lye Poh 

Senior 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  

 Senior Consultant, Department of Psychiatry, SGH 

Dr Ong Seh Hong 

 Senior Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, KTPH 

Dr Ambrose Cheng Senior Consultant, Department of Psychiatry, NTFGH

Core Faculty: 

 

Adj. Asst. Prof Gwee Kok Peng 

Senior Consultant and Director of Psychotherapy, Department of General Psychiatry 2, IMH

Adj. Asst Prof Jerome Goh Hern Yee 

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

Prof Chong Siow Ann 

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

Dr Gomathinayagam Kandasami  

Consultant and Chief, Department of Addiction Medicine, IMH 

Dr Cai Yiming 

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

Adj. Asst Prof Ong Say How 

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

Dr Leong Jern-Yi, Joseph 

Senior Consultant and Deputy Chief, Department of Community Psychiatry, IMH
 

 Asst Prof Sujatha Rao 

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

Adj. Asst. Prof Habeebul Rahman S/O Sahul Hameed 

Senior Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, TTSH 

Adj.Asst. Prof Samuel Cheng Eng Teck  

Senior Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, CGH 

Adj. Asst. Prof 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 

Asst. Prof Lee Huei Yen 

 Senior Consultant and Head, Department of Psychiatry, SGH 

Dr Chan Keen Loong 

 Senior Consultant and Head, 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 

Ms Cheryl Pong

Email: Cheryl_Qf_PONG@nhg.com.sg

Ms Cecilia Teo

Email: Cecilia_Lh_TEO@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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Psychiatry Residency Program Brochure 2015 

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