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Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) is a 1400 bedded hospital. It is the busiest acute hospital and trauma centre in Singapore. It admits over 500 trauma cases with an ISS > 15 each year. TTSH runs a regional Trauma Training Centre which conducts the Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC) Course, the ATLS, Core Resuscitative Skills Training and Trauma Ultrasound courses throughout the year.

Faculty: 3 Trauma Surgeons, 2 General Surgical / Trauma Registrars, Medical Officers, House Officers and 2 Trauma Coordinators.

Learning Opportunities

The students will be attached to the trauma team, which is part of the hospital’s general surgical department. They will be involved in the daily activities of the trauma team, which includes ward rounds, operating lists and clinics. Teaching during the elective will be carried out during such sessions and also during formal tutorial sessions with the university’s undergraduate programme. We encourage enthusiastic participation in both emergency and elective work, and there are many hands on opportunities. Students are also encouraged to join the team when we go on duty.

Postings and exposure to other surgical disciplines or subspecialties can be arranged depending on availability vacancies. For example, Emergency Department, Anaesthesia, Surgical Intensive Care etc.

Research and publication opportunities abound for interested students. There are usually several research projects that students can participate in.

Education opportunities with regards to the Singapore way of life and the various recreational retreats in the region will also be available.

An introduction to the cuisine and culture of Singapore and South East Asia comes complimentary with each posting.

Elective Details

Number of Students Accepted


Duration of Elective

1-3 months


Various types of accommodation can be arranged depending on level of comfort. Home stays with faculty can be arranged.



Applicant Requirements

Applicants should have completed or are in the process of clinical level of medical school. Preferably completed clinical postings in General Surgery, General Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery. They will need to provide a letter of good standing or support from their training institution together with a Curriculum Vitae. Applicants will need to comply with the immigration requirements.


Karen Go Tsung Shyen, Trauma Coordinator

TTSH-NNI Trauma Centre
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Singapore, 308433

Phone: +65 63577589
Fax: +65 63577809

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

URL: http://www.ttsh.com.sg/medical-professionals/page.aspx?id=183

Jan 15, 2012