Training

FELLOWSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMME


The National University Hospital (NUH) is a 950-bed tertiary care centre of the National Healthcare Group (NHG) and the National University of Singapore (NUS).

The Department of Diagnostic Imaging (DDI) provides high quality imaging studies to support a comprehensive range of clinical services. It is also a major professional training centre responsible for basic and advanced training in Diagnostic Radiology. DDI is an active research center for the advancement of imaging through translational research. 

DDI is divided into the following subspecialties:

  1. Musculoskeletal Imaging
  2. Neuroradiology
  3. Body Imaging
  4. Breast Imaging
  5. Interventional Radiology
  6. Nuclear Medicine
  7. Paediatric Radiology
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Fellowship Programmes

DDI currently offers fellowship training for 6 to 12 months in:

  • Musculoskeletal Imaging
  • Neuroradiology
  • Body Imaging
  • Breast Imaging
  • General Radiology Fellowship

  • The Fellowship training program intake will take place twice a year, January and July. Please submit your application 6-8 months early before your preferred attachment date.

    Fellowships are designed to prepare individuals for an academic career or practice within a subspecialised private group. Fellows are expected to read various imaging studies, protocol and supervise or perform procedures under supervision. There is an expectation that weekend work may occur. In this case, the fellow will be compensated with off in lieu time during the week. On call work may also be required, depending on the subspeciality fellowship. Please refer to our lists of fellows here.


    Eligibility

    To be eligible, applicants must:

    1. Have a post-graduate medical degree from a recognised institution in their country of study
    2. Have a full radiology qualification (local equivalent of FRCR, FRANZCR, FRCPC or American Board of Radiology), from the appropriate accreditation body in their country
    3. Have at least 5 years of experience working in a radiology department
    4. Be proficient in English. English proficiency exams like TOEFL and IEPLT are a pre-requisite for registration with the Singapore Medical Council if the applicant’s medical education was not conducted in English (please refer to the Singapore Medical Council website www.smc.gov.sg for further details)
    5. For more information on the eligiblity of the fellowship, please click here

     

    Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship

    The MSK Imaging Fellowship includes training in interpretation of CT and MRI, as well as performing arthrography and interventional procedures. There is significant exposure to MSK ultrasound.

    Close cooperation exists between the MSK Section, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Department of Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery. There are weekly clinical meetings and fellows are expected to participate in these educational rounds. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery also conducts a comprehensive clinical course with a strong radiological component. Fellows are welcome to participate in these teaching sessions.

     

    Neuroradiology Fellowship

    Neuroradiology Fellowship includes clinical experience and instruction in MRI, CT and CT/MR angiography as they are applied to brain, head & neck and specialized spine imaging.

    Close cooperation exists between the Neuroradiology Section and the Neurology Division of the Department of Medicine, the Departments of Neurosurgery, ENT surgery and Ophthalmology. Each of these departments holds a regular conference with the Neuroradiology section. Fellows are expected to participate in all these educational rounds.

     

    Body Imaging Fellowship

    Body Imaging Fellowship offers in-depth training in cardiac, chest, abdominal, pelvic and noninvasive vascular radiology.

    Close cooperation exists between the Body Imaging Section and the Department of Surgery (Hepatobiliary, Colorectal and Urological Divisions), the Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology Division, the Liver Transplant Unit), as well as the Paediatric Cardiology division. Specific clinico-radiological and combined rounds are held regularly with all these units. Fellows are expected to participate in all these educational rounds.

     

    Breast Imaging Fellowship

    Apart from training in the interpretation of imaging studies and interventional procedures, the Breast Imaging Fellowship also places emphasis on the development of multidisciplinary breast practice and a good understanding of the current status of breast diagnosis and management. This includes comprehensive breast imaging, breast cancer genetics, breast cancer surgery, breast pathology and breast cancer oncology.

    Close cooperation exists between the Breast Imaging Section and the Departments of Surgery, Breast & Plastic divisions, Anatomical Pathology, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology. Fellows are expected to attend the weekly multidisciplinary tumour meeting. 

     

    General Radiology Fellowship

    The General Radiology Fellowship includes training in the interpretation & reporting of plain films in both routine & emergency settings, IVU, fluoroscopy, general ultrasound, CT and MRI.

     

    Educational Objectives

    At the end of the training the fellows should be able to:
    1. Practise independently and safely
    2. Develop appropriate protocols and techniques for their practice
    3. Advise medical colleagues on the appropriate use of imaging studies or procedures
    4. Train medical students, residents and clinicians
    5. Interact appropriately with referring clinicians, patients and family

     

    Responsibilities of Fellows

    During their training, fellows are expected to:
    1. Report examinations or perform procedures carried out in their section
    2. Attend relevant radiological and clinical conferences and rounds
    3. Contribute to research projects conducted in his/her section
    4. Contribute to organization of teaching materials

     

    Extension of Fellowship

    This is possible for a further 6 months and up to a year (maximum of 2 years in total), subject to approval from the NUHS DDI postgraduate training committee. This could be for the following reasons:
    1. Completion of a Singapore-Medical Council recognised postgraduate radiology qualification (FRCR, MMed (Diagnostic Radiology,NUS), FRANZCR)
    2. Completion of a research project
    3. In-depth study and practice of a particular imaging modality or technique

     

    Sponsorship

    There will be no financial commitment by the hospital or the department. Fellows must be sponsored by either the government, regional health authority or an appropriate institution in their home country to undergo the fellowship training in Singapore. This requirement for formal sponsorship can be found in Singapore Medical Council's website.

     

    More Information and Guidelines

    Please click here to go to Singapore Medical Council's website.

    Application

    Please download the fellowship application form here.

     

    Application and information:

    Please submit all your CV with your recent photo, application form and related supported documents 6-8 months before your preferred attachment date.

     

    Contact Information

    Email: ddi_fellowships@nuhs.edu.sg

    Updated by NUHS Department of Diagnostic Imaging postgraduate training committee (2017).