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The revised 5 year Ophthalmology Residency Programme started on the 4th of July 2011. The first 3 years of the revised training programme is carried out under the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  

In these 3 years, clinical training is taught together with the 6 core competencies, which are the main tenets of the ACGME. These competencies cover medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, system based practice and professionalism. 

The remaining 2 years of the Residency Programme will allow our residents to continue to hone their clinical skills in all subspecialties as Registrars before they attain full subspecialty registration in Singapore.

If you are interested to know more about our residency programme; or to arrange for an elective/observership in SNEC, please contact us via email:

or you may choose to reach us at 

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

Why Choose SNEC Ophthalmology Residency Program

SNEC is a tertiary ophthalmic referral centre that is part of the larger group of hospitals and institutions that makeup SingHealth. The wide variety of clinical case-mix and surgical cases that span across all ophthalmic specialties offers our trainees a wide breadth of clinical material and research opportunities. With a dedicated team of faculty members who are deeply committed to education, world class infrastructure and facilities, we believe that we can provide our residents a comprehensive educational experience that is unmatched.

Clinician Scientist (CS) Residency Program in SNEC

We welcome any aspiring resident with a keen interest in becoming a clinician scientist to join us. Many would not be sure if this programme is for them. A clinician scientist would be a person who would spend a large amount of time on research even after graduating from the residency programme. Prospective residents entering Clinician Scientist Residency should make serious decisions when considering applying for it. 

The reality is that the clinician scientist programme is a LIFELONG commitment and will take many years beyond the additional year provided in the CS scheme. If you are keen on research but unsure whether the CS track is for you, you can contact us to arrange for you to speak to our clinician scientists; to understand their lifestyle and the programme better. Alternatively, you can opt for the clinician residency programme. Under the clinician residency curriculum, residents will be exposed to research methodologies and opportunities for research. Residents who are then ready to convert to the CS track may do so when assessed suitable by the faculty. 

Speak to our programme director for more information.

Question 1

If I enter the CS track for Ophthalmology Residency, can I still complete my Residency Programme after 5 years like the residents on the Clinician track?


No. Residents on the CS track will be required to undergo an extra year in research training to be eligible for exit from the residency programme. The additional year is to ensure adequate training to equip the residents with the necessary research skills to pursue research in their career upon exit from residency.

Question 2

What are the benefits in choosing the CS track?


Residents on the CS track can expect to benefit from the following:
  1. Dedicated time with research mentors
  2. Supervised involvement in research projects. Residents will also be coached to write high quality research papers and when appropriate competitive research grants.
  3. Access to specialized research infrastructure of SERI such as basic and translational science laboratories,imaging laboratories and animal facilities.
  4. Protected time for participation in research activities
  5. Attainment of MCI or PhD in addition to completion of clinical training at the end of residency.
  6. Access to libraries of academic institutions
  7. Eligible for research grants such as the NMRC transition award

     Question 3

Will it be possible for me to switch from the clinician track to the clinician scientist track in the midst of my residency?


Yes, but this is subject to the SI’s training capacity, PD recommendation and research mentor assessment.

Application for Residency

All applicants interested in pursuing residency training in Singapore will need to go through the Ministry of Health Holdings (MOHH) for application and eligibility screening. Please refer to the website below for more information:

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