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General Surgery Overview


Our Mission

The mission of the NHG General Surgery residency is to foster the scientific and clinical experience to inspire and equip surgical trainees to be champions of clinical excellence, innovation and leadership.  In a nutshell, we want to equip the surgeons of tomorrow with skills “good enough to take care of our mothers”.

The new GS residency

The NHG General Surgery Residency Program is a 5-year program, structured in the ACGME model, which aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and attributes to become a well-rounded, holistic and independent surgeon, with a passion for life-long learning and who is able to provide quality and safe patient-centred care in a cost effective manner. This is achieved through a structured clinical and academic environment with progressive patient care responsibilities, with a strong foundation on the core competencies of Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism and System-based Practice.

Through close ties and a highly collaborative environment between the two parent institutions, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital, we are able to provide an unmatched opportunity to have exposure to a wide spectrum of acute and elective surgical conditions under the mentorship of a dedicated faculty.

We take in seven or eight categorical general surgical residents each year and they spend roughly 1/3 of their time on the KTPH campus and the remainder divided between TTSH and out-rotations in sub-specialty services such as pediatric surgery and transplant.



A commitment to teaching

You will experience comprehensive training, progressive responsibilities and opportunities in the non-operative and operative management of a wide array of acute and elective surgical patients. The joint program provides you with the opportunity to learn the art and science of surgery in varied and challenging clinical settings.

With the leadership of 6 core faculty members, a close-knit faculty dedicated to resident teaching, along with smaller teams and close-knit institutional culture at KTPH, we have made the commitment to provide the supervision for a “hands-on” approach to learning.  In fact, a higher proportion of our faculty have American Board Certification and are familiar first-hand with the ACGME requirements than any other local institution. We are proud that the majority of residents in our program have their formative laparoscopic and endoscopic experiences during their rotations with us. It testifies to the commitment we have to teach as well as the high standards of professionalism that we expect from our residents.   

We provide a year-round organized didactic teaching program based at KTPH oriented towards the ACGME US curriculum along with additional joint sessions geared towards the ABSITE exams. The learning experience is further by the new addition of the Advanced Simulation Centre at TTSH and the Surgical Skills Learning Centre at KTPH.  


Testimony from, Dr Sunder Balasubramaniam,  NHG GS Resident

“One of the highlights of my rotation was training in basic laparoscopic skills in the KTPH Surgical Skills Learning Centre. We have FLS certification through a structured training program with online modules, so I was able to learn and practice in my free time and take the test when I was ready.”



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Our Faculty Members:



Name:                                     Dr Tan Ming Yuan

Teaching Appointment:             Associate Program Director

Designation:                            Consultant

Department/Division:               Department of Surgery

Credentials:                             M.B.B.S. (Singapore), MRCS (Glasgow), MMed (Surgery), FAMS, FRCSEd (Gen)





Name:                                    Dr Jerry Goo Tiong Thye

Teaching Appointment:             Core Clinical Faculty Member

Designation:                            Consultant

Department/Division:               Department of Surgery

Credentials:                             MB BCh BAO, MRCS (Edin), MMed (Gen Surg), FRCS (Edin)




Name:                                    Dr Desmond Ooi Guo Shen

Teaching Appointment:             Core Clinical Faculty Member

Designation:                            Consultant

Department/Division:               Department of Surgery

Credentials:                             BM (Southampton), MRCS (Edin)




Name:                                     Dr Pauleon Tan Enjiu

Teaching Appointment:             Core Clinical Faculty Member

Designation:                            Consultant

Department/Division:               Department of Surgery

Credentials:                             MBBS (Singapore), MMED (Surgery), FRCS (Edin)



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Adj Asst Prof 

A broad curriculum

1)     Clinical

A wide exposure to acute and elective general surgical cases, trauma surgery, as well as sub-specialty services in:

a)     Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary

b)     Endocrine

c)     Colorectal/Pelvic floor

d)     Breast/OncoPlastics

e)     Upper Gastrointestinal/Bariatrics

f)      Vascular/Endovascular


2)     Simulation and skills training

a)     24 hour access to the Surgical Skills Learning Centre

b)     Experimental Surgical Laboratory (Cadaveric)

c)      Suturing and bowel anastomotic workshops

d)     Endoscopic skills workshops

e)     Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Accreditation


3)     Didactics

a)     Weekly conferences:      

        i.      Registrar Journal Club

        ii.     Pre-op Meeting

        iii.    Post-op Meeting

        iv.    ICU round/ Team Journal Club

        v.     Resident Core Tutorial series

        vi.    HO Tutorials

b)     Sub-specialty Conferences:

        i.     HPB Multi-Disciplinary Conference

        ii.     Vascular Multi-Disciplinary Rounds

        iii.    Breast Tumour Board

        iv.    Neurosurgery Weekly Meeting

c)      Monthly conferences:      

        i.     Multi-Disciplinary Tumour Board

        ii.     Colorectal Tumour Board

        iii.    Radiology Conference

        iv.    Hospital Clinico-pathological Conference

        v.     Spine Surgery Audit Meeting

d)     Visiting expert lectures:      

        i.      Professor Paul-Antoine Lehur, Colorectal-Pelvic Floor Surgery, University Hospital Nantes, 
                France June 2011, July 2014

        ii.     Professor Fumio Konishi,  Colorectal, Omiya Medical Centre, Jichi Medical School, Japan,
                September 2012, October 2013, May 2014

        iii.     Professor Go Wakabayashi,  HPB and Liver Transplantation, Iwate Medical University, Japan,
                October 2012

        iv.     Professor Elizabeth Pomfret,  HPB and Liver Transplantation, Lahey Clinic, USA, June 2013

4)     Research

a)     Clinical research opportunities

b)     Research collaborations with clinicians and researchers locally and overseas


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How to apply:

Apply GS Residency Program

We are looking for residents who share our dedication to learning and wish to become excellent clinical surgeons.  A potential candidate should be committed to a life-long passion for learning and have the determination, aptitude, fortitude, leadership and team-work skills for a surgical lifestyle.

Spending time with a surgical mentor who models these attributes and can assess your strengths in these areas is a good way to start. If you are a medical student, and are interested in general surgery, this can be through an elective posting with us.

If have spent time with a mentor at another institution, having a letter of reference from them will be helpful to understand your fit. If you are a post-MBBS, we would invite you spend a posting with us. Evidence of academic ability through research, presentations and publications is a plus.

Potential candidates should contact us:


Dr Sim Hsien Lin (Associate Program Director)

Ms Aidah Ang (Associate Program Coordinator) 


Dr Terence Huey Cheong Huey (Program Director)

Ms Liew See Yin (Program Coordinator)

Ms Shirley Ang Sok Ling (Program Coordinator) 


Residency Application Process can be viewed on:


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How do I apply for your program?       

Please contact us to let us know if you are interested to join us. All applications for the Residency Program are centrally coordinated by the Ministry of Health Holdings (MOHH). Please visit their website at for details and information on residency application.

How long is the General Surgery Residency training?      

The General Surgery Residency training comprises of 5 academic years. Junior resident years encompass a 3-year comprehensive program in various aspects of general surgery and surgical critical care to build a solid foundation for residents in the principles of surgery and systemic surgery. Subsequently, residents will move on to 2 years of senior residency year and focus more on the various sub-specialties in surgery.

Throughout these 5 years, residents will develop their competencies in medical knowledge, surgical skills, patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills and system-based practice.

Do I still need to sit for external paper like MRCS or FRCS if I take up Residency training?       

Yes. Currently, these exams are part of the criteria and assessment as specified by the Specialists Accreditation Board (SAB) for one to practice as a specialist surgeon in Singapore.

We have designed and structured our educational and training program to prepare residents for these exams.

Are there research opportunities?

Ample opportunities exist, ranging from collaborations at the intra-departmental level all the way to inter-institutional collaborations. Such collaborations will provide opportunities for you to widen your research interests and opportunities, and explore the ever changing dimensions in surgery and health sciences in general. Please speak to our Program Director to learn more about how you can fit into these exciting opportunities.

Do I still need 1 to 2 years of overseas fellowship training after I graduate from the Residency Program? 

We strongly encourage residents to pursue fellowship training after completing and graduating from Residency training. We believe that such training is a desirable experience to strengthen one's surgical ability and broaden one's knowledge and experience.

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The FLS program in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) is a comprehensive web-based education module that includes a hands-on skills training component and assessment tool designed to teach physiology, fundamental knowledge, and technical skills required in basic non-discipline specific laparoscopic/minimally invasive surgery. The curriculum provides surgical residents, fellows and practising physicians an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery in a consistent, scientifically accepted format; and to test cognitive, surgical decision-making, and technical skills, all with the goal of improving the quality of patient care. 

FLS Certification Test was designed to measure cognitive knowledge, case/problem management skills and manual dexterity in laparoscopic tasks. The FLS program content has been endorsed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and is a joint educational offering of Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and ACS.

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital is recognized as an International FLS Regional Test Centre.

Tests are held in the hospital (specific location is stated at the bottom of this page).

Bookings for test slots are available through Webassessor.

The facility is Khoo Teck Puat Hospital; FLS facility code is CTC00099. Please contact Mr Mohamad Sean Abdullah at or (65) 6555-8000 for FLS inquiries.

Refer to this link for more info:

Steps to book for testing through the Web assessor Program

Step 1:

You will need to create your test-taker account:  select create account in the top right hand corner of the screen.

Step 2:

Book your test.

Step 3:  

Enter the test voucher # assigned to you

You will receive the login info and a system-generated passcode.

Step 4:  

Return to

You will be able to log in and schedule a test at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. The system will inform me of the date and time you have selected. Slots are limited to 3 test-takers per 90-min block, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Step 5:  

You will receive a confirmation email from KTPH regarding the test booking.

Be sure to bring the passcode information, identity documentations and the test voucher on the date of the test.


The testing is held at the:

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

90 Yishun Central

Singapore 768828

(Please proceed to Tower A, Level 3 seating area next to the lift landing, before you will be brought to the testing venue.)

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