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SNEC Training & Education Department

The Training & Education Department was formally established in 1 Jan 2000 to coordinate medical, nursing and allied health ophthalmic training in SNEC. Medical ophthalmic training spans the entire continuum from undergraduate through residency and later fellowship training.

Education is one of 3 pillars in SNEC. The launch of the academic clinical program in Ophthalmology will further develop our education programs. Beyond just teaching, we look to focus on education research and faculty development. The department works closely with Academic Medicine Education Institute (AMEI) to share educational best practises and provide faculty with opportunities to learn new pedagogies that benefit not just the learners but the teachers as well.

One of the primary aims of the department is to centralise and coordinate all undergraduate and postgraduate ophthalmic medical training in SNEC as well as to provide continuing medical education for ophthalmologists and clinicians in general.

The department coordinates all teaching activities involving SNEC, e.g., CME lectures, Subspecialty Courses, Workshops for General Practitioners, Joint meetings with overseas institution, Nursing and Paramedical Training Courses. The Nursing and Allied Health training programmes such as Ophthalmic Assistant and Ophthalmic Technician courses were awarded the JACAPO accreditation for excellence. Attendees to these courses are awarded a Joint certificate with Duke NUS for their training. We also provide short courses to equip healthcare assistants in nursing homes and day care centres with basic eye care management skills training in partnership with Agency of Integrated care (AIC). 


Undergraduate Ophthalmic Training
International Fellowship, Undergraduate and Postgraduate observership

The department coordinates all clinical fellowship programmes in SNEC. We offer 6 months to 1-year fellowship positions in the various sub-specialties as listed earlier.

We also coordinate the activities of medical students during their ophthalmic rotation from the NUS-YLL and Duke-NUS Medical Schools.

We also provide observership at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. However as these spaces are limited, it will be subject to availability and on a first-come-first served basis.

We work with the Asia Pacific Association of Ophthalmologists (APAO), Fred Hollows Foundation and Commonwealth Eye Consortium under Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Fund (QEDJF) to offer fellowships in SNEC for selected specialties. As part of the review of fellowships SNEC will adopt a ICO based fellowship guidelines to improve the quality of our fellowship programs.

We aim to provide the most comprehensive training appropriate for whichever level training a learner joins us.


New Residency Programme

The training of ophthalmologists in Singapore was changed in July 2011. We embarked on the new residency programme that is guided by the principles of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education International (ACGME-I). The revised training program provides residents with a more structured learning program that incorporates better supervision. The entire residency program consists of these 3 initial years of training, which helps to build the foundation in ophthalmology, as well as 2 senior years in which the residents can practise their general ophthalmology skills. Residents are provided with ample opportunities to learn from our very large faculty which covers all aspects of ophthalmology subspecialty. SNEC is very well equipped with our own diagnostic and treatment facilities in house.

If you have an interest in any of the undergraduate or postgraduate observership, residency or fellowship programmes, please contact us via email:

Or you can mail us

Training and Education Department
Singapore National Eye Centre
11 Third Hospital Avenue
Singapore 168751


SNEC Education Programme


Continuing education and training will be key in steering SNEC into its next phase of development. As such, our relentless pursuit of training and education is one of the pillars of our strength. The width and depth of our teaching programmes attest to the fact that we are the main providers of ophthalmic training opportunities in Singapore and the region.

Through active participation and hands-on training, our consultant-based teaching is the backbone of continuing medical education. This has proved to be a very effective mentoring system for our specialists undergoing training.

"If you perform a good eye operation, you restore vision to one man. But if you spread the teachings of good quality eye surgery to your colleagues, they will ultimately restore vision to millions in Asia." This is a strongly held belief of all at SNEC.

"When we teach, we learn."

Assoc Prof Ian Yeo
Deputy Medical Director (Education)
Singapore National Eye Centre
Academic Vice Chair (Education)
Ophthalmology Academic Clinic Program
SingHealth Duke-NUS


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