Residency - Department of Psychological Medicine


The Department of Psychological Medicine, NUHS is a participating site in the National Psychiatry Residency Program. Our entire faculty strives to provide the best environment for the development of highly skilled psychiatrists who will be well prepared for their professional career. The National University Hospital offers rotations through general psychiatry, child psychiatry, and consultation-liaison psychiatry. Residents will see a wide range of cases in the inpatient, outpatient and emergency settings. Residents will receive psychotherapy supervision weekly as well as rotation-specific supervision from our faculty. Research experiences are available during rotations.

We believe that the cornerstone to learning psychiatry is understanding the patient. This means spending time with patients to learn about their symptoms and helping the patients to help themselves. This requires a fundamental knowledge of phenomenology, psychopharmacology and psychodynamics. Our goal is to provide a solid foundation for the development of clinicians and academicians who wish to provide patient care, conduct research or teach.

In 2010, we have successfully achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education International (ACGME-I), which is based in the United States. Our department pursues very high quality residents training aided by the increased clinical volumes and diverse Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs. Training liaison with the other departments such as the Neuro-Psychiatry Case Discussion Round and guest lectures by international faculty are arranged. The psychiatry residency-training program is a dynamic enterprise comprising of a clinical curriculum that allows the residents to rotate on multiple care settings. The residents participate in an extensive system of individual and group supervision, dedicated case conferences and didactics; in addition of being an integral part of the varied, often multidisciplinary, patient care teams.


Is there a clinician scientist track for residents?

Residents may opt for the clinician scientist track at R1 or R3.

The first three years of the National Psychiatry Residency Program are common to all residents, including those on the clinician scientist track. In the fourth year of the residency, residents on the clinician scientist track will enter the Academic Psychiatry track, which runs parallel to the Year 4 rotations for the other residents.

In the Academic Psychiatry track at NUHS, the Liaison Psychiatry and Inpatient Psychiatry rotations have been lengthened so that the resident can spent some time on research and focus on medical psychiatry. The Academic Psychiatry track at NUHS will offer a total of 12 weeks of coursework in clinical research at NUS to prepare the clinician scientist resident for the research elective in their Fellowship years (Year 5 and Year 6).

R1 to R3 Common Track
Residency Year 1
Inpatient Psychiatry
Residency Year 2 Elective
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
Inpatient Psychiatry cum Liaison Psychiatry
Residency Year 3
  • Continuity Clinic
  • Psychotherapy Training
R4 to R5 Clinical Psychiatry Track
Residency Year 4
  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Liaison Psychiatry
Residency Year 5 Electives
  • Academic Psychiatry
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • General Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Liaison Psychiatry
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders Programme
R4 to R6 Academic Psychiatry Track
Residency Year 4
Academic Psychiatry
Residency Year 5
Research elective
Residency Year 6
Research elective