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:

 

A/Prof Chiam Peak Chiang

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Senior Consultant, Department of Geriatric Psychiatry, IMH

A/Prof Chiam Peak Chiang is a senior consultant in the Department of Geriatric Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health (IMH). When not in the wards, clinics and nursing homes managing elderly people with psychiatric disorders, she is usually engaged in teaching activities. She teaches medical students who rotate through IMH and supervises the psychiatric trainees. As the Vice Chairman Medical Board (Education) and the Director of Education Director’s Office at IMH, she coordinates the teaching activities of the hospital staff, medical students, and psychiatric trainees. As the Program Director of the National Psychiatry Program, she ensures that the residents are rotated through all the necessary postings in IMH and the Psychological Departments of the general hospitals to be trained in not just general psychiatry and but also in the sub-specialties. She is also actively involved in the MMed (Psychiatry) Examinations both as an examiner and as a member of the MMed (Psychiatry) Committee of the Division of Graduate Medical Studies.

Associate Program Directors:

 

Dr Aaron Ang Lye Poh

Consultant and Head, Department of Psychological Medicine, TTSH

Dr Andrew Peh Lai Huat

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 Seng Kok Han

Consultant and Deputy Chief, Department of Geriatric Psychiatry, 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 Tan Lay Ling 

 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 

Dr Christopher Cheok

 Senior Consultant and Head, Department of Psychological Medicine, KTPH
 Deputy Chairman Medical Board, KTPH

For further information, please contact:

Program Director

A/Prof Chiam Peak Chiang

Email: peak_chiang_chiam@imh.com.sg

Program Coordinator

Ms Audrey Lin

Email: Audrey_hx_lin@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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