Overview of General Surgery in Singapore

The Chapter of Surgeons was founded in 1966 as membership from different specialities grew. Prof Yeoh Ghim Seng saw an urgent need to put in place a training scheme for local surgeons. In this regard, a 12 week course from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons leading to the RACS Part I examination was started in 1957. 11 out of 42 candidates passed in that year. Those who were successful were appointed trainees and rotated through various surgical departments with the aim of acquiring enough experience to be sent abroad for fellowship exams in the UK and Australia.


Passing these exams meant the opportunity to work in their chosen surgical specialities in their host country. In this fashion, local surgeons were trained in General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, ENT Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Plastic Surgery.


It is with great pleasure and expectation that the Chapter of General Surgeons committee would like to extend a blessed and fruitful new year to all. Besides CME activities and the monthly combined surgical meetings running in various hospital departments, the Chapter has been taking a proactive role in communicating with MOH. Some examples include, sedation guidelines for endoscopy and maintenance of certification. 


Lastly, we continue to value teaching and will be organising the AST exit course for candidates preparing for the FRCS in June again this year.



Board Members 2023 - 2025
Rank Name
Chairman Dr Aung Myint Oo @ Ye Jian Guo
Vice-Chairman Dr Dennis Koh
Honorary Secretary Dr Vishalkumar G. Shelat
Members Dr Joseph Lo Zhiwen
  Dr Lee Ser Yee
  Dr Chan Ching Wan
  Dr Tan Wah Siew


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