NHG-AHPL ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY RESIDENCY PROGRAM


ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY

The NHG-AHPL Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program is geared at producing orthopaedic surgeons who, in addition to performing well in the operating theatre, are also all-rounded surgeons. The competent orthopaedic surgeon will be able to offer treatment by medical, surgical, and physical methods.

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Training the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons

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, and hand & reconstructive microsurgery.

Our program benefits from a mixture of exciting elements, from complex trauma cases presenting to the busiest Emergency Department in Singapore at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, to the holistic management of osteoarthritis for a chronic sufferer. There are also opportunities to be exposed to paediatric orthopaedics in our affiliated institutions.

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 (SOA) meetings
  • SOA teaching sessions
  • Attendance at training events
  • Compulsory courses e.g. Fracture fixation skills course and Upper and Lower limb surgical exposure 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.

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Assessment will be continuous and include summative and formative types. These will help develop your ability to interact with patients and peers as well as increase your acquisition of surgical skills. Some examples of assessment tools are listed below: 

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Note: Orthopaedic in Training Examinations (OITE) are conducted yearly

Faculty Members

  Name

Designation and Department

Program Director:


Dr S. S. Sathappan

S.S. Sathappan

 Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, TTSH

Dr S.S. Sathappan graduated from University of Bristol, United Kingdom in 1995. He obtained his FRCSEd in 1999. Thereafter, he completed his advanced surgical training in Orthopaedics in 2003 and obtained his FRCSEd (Ortho & Trauma) and subsequently completed a one-year specialty fellowship in Adult Reconstructive surgery in the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York, USA.

He has won numerous awards during his training years and as a consultant. These include: Suple best student in medicine award (1995); Hip & Knee Arthritis and Reconstruction Scholarship (Hip & Knee Society, USA, 2005); Young Orthopaedic Investigator award (2007); Yahya Cohen Surgical award (2008) NHG Quality Pillar Award (2007/08); Best Clinical Practice Improvement Program award (2007); and NUS teaching excellence award (2007/08). He has also been a recipient of the EXSA service award (gold) for four consecutive years since 2005, and most recently was a recipient of the EXSA Superstar award 2009 for outstanding services rendered.

Currently, he is a Consultant in the Department of Orthopaedics with a special interest in adult reconstructive surgery, sports surgery & management of complex pelvic and acetabular trauma. He performs primary, revision and computer-assisted knee and hip joint replacement surgery. He also gets numerous referrals for revision hip and knee arthroplasty. Besides this, he also performs biological procedures for the hip such as live-fibula graft surgery in avascular necrosis (AVN) of the hip, as well as hip resurfacing procedures. With regards to total knee replacement surgery, he has a special interest in optimizing high-flexion in patients, and is evaluating various design options through international multi-centre clinical research groups. He has a special interest in sports surgery and performs arthroscopic (“key-hole”) meniscal repairs and ligament reconstruction procedures.

Dr Sathappan has also taken on several other responsibilities and these include: Clinical tutor in NUS; Specialty Board Member for the Chapter of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Singapore); Clinical Research Co-ordinator; ATLS Course Instructor; and BCLS Course Instructor. He has written numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and has also written book chapters in several orthopaedic textbooks. Annually, he is involved in numerous international hip and knee orthopaedic meetings as an invited faculty where he often lectures in various subspecialty topics.

Associate Program Directors:


Dr Gowreeson Thevendran

Consultant, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, TTSH

Dr Jeffrey Tan Gek Meng

Consultant,Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, KTPH

Faculty:


Dr Ganesan Naidu Rajamoney

Head, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Consultant, TTSH

Dr Yong Fok Chuan

Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, TTSH

Dr Lee Keng Thiam

SeniorConsultant, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, TTSH

Dr Ernest Kwek

Consultant, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, TTSH

Dr Teo Yee Hong

Consultant, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, TTSH

Dr Vaikunthan Rajaratnam

Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, KTPH

Dr Andy Wee Teck Huat

Head, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Consultant, KTPH

Dr Victor Seah Wee Teck

Consultant, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, KTPH

Dr Jacob Oh Yoong Leong

Consultant, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, KTPH

Advisors:


A/Prof Low Yin Peng

Emeritus Consultant, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, TTSH

Dr. Wong Ho Poh

Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, TTSH

For further information, please contact:

Program Director 

Dr S.S. Sathappan

Email: sathappan@ttsh.com.sg

Associate Program Directors

Dr Gowreeson Thevendran

Email: gowreeson_thevendran@ttsh.com.sg

Dr Jeffrey Tan

Email: tan.gek.meng@alexandrahealth.com.sg

Program Coordinator

Ms Emily Lim Xinrui

Email: Emily_XR_Lim@nhg.com.sg

Associate Program Coordinator

Ms Nurharyanti Sahari

Email: Nurharyanti_Sahari@nhg.com.sg

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of the Orthopaedic Surgery program?

This six-year program offers the following entry routes:

  • Transitional year as an entry requirement;
  • Alternative entry option for existing candidates (non-TY) who are waiting for a place      

The Orthopaedic Surgery program is a hybrid program with similar requirements / courses / assessments as seamless. It also meets Royal College and Singapore Medical Council requirements.

What opportunities are there for sub-specialization? 

In year 5 and year 6, there are opportunities to be posted to the specialty of your interest. You will be closely monitored to develop your skills, which will facilitate your subsequent fellowship year, following your exit exam.

What advantages does NHG offer?

NHG provides a sound research infrastructure driven towards evidence-based medicine including a well-staffed Clinical Research Unit and dedicated biostatisticians to assist with clinical research projects. In our program, you will be introduced to research methodology early in residency. You will be assigned a mentor and you will complete one research project by PGY 5. We aim for this project to be presented in either the Singapore Orthopaedic Association meeting or in an international meeting. The project must also be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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