Welcome to our NHG-AHPL Orthopaedic surgery residency website. The NHG-AHPL Orthopaedic surgery residency program started in 2011. We are one of the three residency programs that recruit and train Orthopaedic surgeons in Singapore. Every year, we recruit residents from both Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital. 


The NHG-AHPL Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program is a six year course provides an exciting clinical, scholarly and nurturing environment which consists of a strong faculty of 43 Orthopaedic surgeons, providing a close to 1:1 Resident tutor ratio. Each resident has a senior resident mentor as well as a senior faculty mentor to guide them through the program.


Here, you will find more information about our program. 


Our Program Overview 


Our Program Overview  Rotation Schedule  Meet the Faculty  Applicants  


Our Program Overview

During our six-year program, the wide array of interests and depth in this field will be shared with you. You will be exposed to various sub-specialties such as trauma, adult reconstructive (AR) surgery, spine, sports surgery, foot & ankle, tumour and hand & reconstructive microsurgery.

Our vibrant learning environment is fostered through many activities such as:


  • Protected time for regular didactic & common curriculum for all residents
  • Presentation of papers at Singapore Orthopaedic Association meetings
  • Singapore Orthopaedic Association teaching sessions
  • Attendance at training events, hands on workshops, cadaveric courses and biomechanics course in Nanyang Technical University.
  • Compulsory courses including AO Basic workshop, Advanced Trauma and Life Support, Core Resuscitative Skills training, Microsurgical skills and arthroscopy courses
  • Critical review of medical literature and submitting to peer-reviewed publications
  • Student teaching
  • Quality enhancement project participation
  • Audit session attendance
  • Morbidity & Mortality (M&M) round attendance/presentation


Through R2 to R5 years in residency training you will be exposed to a wide range of specialty services, including adult reconstruction, hand and microsurgery, the spine service, surgical treatment of orthopaedic tumours, management of multiple trauma, sports injuries of the upper and lower limbs and the foot and ankle.

Adult reconstruction includes treatment of arthritic disorders. The hand and microsurgery service specializes in managing conditions related to the upper limbs in adults, which affect the function of the hand. 

The spinal service includes the treatment of spinal deformity, back pain, sciatica, osteoporosis and spinal tumours. Surgical treatment of benign and malignant soft tissue and bony tumours is part of the service provided by the tumour service. 

The specialists of the trauma team manage multiple trauma, perform post-traumatic deformative reconstructions, Ilizarov limb-lengthening procedures, and fracture osteosynthesis. 

The sports medicine team carries out diagnostic and therapeutic arthroscopy, reconstruction of ligaments and manages all sports related conditions of the shoulder, elbow, knee, foot and ankle. 

The foot and ankle service provides treatment for bunions, heel pain, deformity correction and arthritic conditions.


Rotation Schedule

The order of rotations are showed in the table below.
Rotation  R1  R2  R3  R4  R5  R6 
Anaesthesia Adult Reconstruction Foot & Ankle Adult Reconstruction Adult Reconstruction  Residents Attached to Specialty Interest
Emergency Medicine Hand Surgery Spine Surgery Hand Surgery Oncology
General Surgery Trauma & General Orthopaedic Sports Surgery Ortho Paediatric Spine Surgery
      Sports Surgery Trauma

R1  R2  R3  R4  R5  R6 

Advance Trauma  Life Support (ATLS) 

 AO Trauma Course (incl. Basic Fracture Fixation course)  Biomechanics Course Part II  Annual Residency Assessment (OBSERVER)  Annual Residency Assessment(VIVA)  Annual Residency Assessment IVA) 
Basic Communication Skill  Knee Arthroscopy Course  Orthopaedic In Training(OITE)  Orthopaedic In-Training(OITE)  Orthopaedic  In-Training (OITE)  Orthopaedic In-Training (OITE) 
Evidence Based Medicine (EBM)  Biomechanics Course Part I      SMA Ethic Course (Local)  Postgraduate Course in Orthopaedic 
X-Ray Reading  Microsurgical Skills Course        
  Orthopaedic  In-Training(OITE)         
Exams  MRCS Part B MRCS Part B MMED Part II - Research Thesis & Oral Exam  - FRCS (Ortho) Exam


Meet The Faculty



Program Director

Designation and Department 

 Ortho Faculty_D Kwek Beng Kee Ernest 

Clinical Competency Committee Chair
Program Evaluation Committee Chair
Program Review Committee Member
Clinical Competency Committee Member
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Associate Program Directors 

Designation and Department 

Ortho Faculty_Mr Jeffery Tan 

Associate Program Director
Program Evaluation Committee Chair
Program Review Committee Member
Clinical Competency Committee Member

Ortho Faculty_Mr Jacob Oh Yoong Leong 
Associate Program Director
Program Review Committee Chair
Clinical Competency Committee Member

Core Clinical Faculty Members 

Designation and Department 
Ortho Faculty_Dr Lee Keng Thiam

Clinical Competency Committee Member
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Ortho Faculty_Mr James Tan Chung Hui  DR JAMES TAN CHUNG HUI 
Clinical Competency Committee Member
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
Ortho Faculty_Dr Teo Yee Hong   DR TEO YEE HONG
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Ortho Faculty_Dr Mohd Fadil Muhd Farhan   DR MUHD FARHAN MOHD FADIL
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Ortho Faculty_Mr Chan Ying Ho Henry   DR CHAN YING HO HENRY
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Ortho Faculty_Mr Ivan Chua  DR CHUA TJUN HUAT IVAN
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Ortho Faculty_Mr Lester Chan  DR CHAN WAI MON LESTER 
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Ortho Faculty_Dr Sreedharan Sechachalam  DR SREEDHARAN SECHACHALAM 
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
 Ortho Faculty_Dr Vaikunthan Rajaratnam  DR VAIKUNTHAN RAJARATNAM
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
 Ortho Faculty_Mr Aravind Kumar  DR ARAVIND KUMAR
Program Evaluation Committee Member 
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
 Ortho Faculty_Dr Yong Ren  DR YONG REN
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital



For those who are interested in pursuing Orthopaedics as a career, or exploring their interest, here is some helpful link for you:

2017-2018 Orthopaedics Residency application  



Program Director  

Dr Ernest Kwek Beng Kee
Email: Ernest_Kwek@ttsh.com.sg 

Associate Program Directors 

Dr Jeffrey Tan  
Email: tan.gek.meng@alexandrahealth.com.sg  

Dr Jacob Oh Yoong Leong
Email: Jacob_YL_OH@ttsh.com.sg 

Program Coordinator 

Ms Emily Lim Xinrui
Email: Emily_XR_Lim@nhg.com.sg   

Associate Program Coordinators 

Ms Nurharyanti Sahari
Email: Nurharyanti_Sahari@nhg.com.sg   

Ms Stephanie Au
Email: Stephanie_AU@nhg.com.sg 



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