Practising as a Doctor or Specialist in Singapore

Starting your medical practice in Singapore.

  1. Secure a job with one of the many healthcare institutions in Singapore;
  2. Register with Singapore Medical Council (SMC); and
  3. You must get accredited by the Specialists Accreditation Board (SAB) before registration if you are practising as a specialist.

Medical Registration

There are 4 types of medical registration for doctors who wish to practise in Singapore:

  1. Provisional Registration
    Allows a local/overseas-trained fresh medical graduate to be employed as a house officer in approved hospitals.
  2. Conditional Registration
    Allows an overseas-trained doctor (who has completed housemanship) to work in a healthcare establishment, under the supervision by a fully registered doctor.
  3. Temporary Registration
    Allows an overseas-trained doctor to have short attachments at public hospitals for teaching, research or postgraduate study; conduct lectures etc as a visiting expert.
  4. Full Registration
    Allows a local/overseas-trained doctor (who has completed his housemanship) to practise on his own. (*SMC requires an overseas-trained doctor to complete a specified period of conditional registration before he can be fully registered.)

Details on the registration processes and requirements can be found on SMC's website.

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Specialist Accreditation

If you are a Specialist willing to practise your specialty in Singapore, please visit the Specialists Accreditation Board website for more information on Specialist Accreditation Application and Registration.

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Flowchart of Registration/Accreditation Process

Refer to the flowcharts below depicting the Registration and Accreditation processes:

Fresh Medical Graduates

Non-practising Specialities

Practising Specialties

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