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SMC grants temporary registration to the following groups of doctors:

A. Visiting experts who possess medical knowledge, experience and skills which SMC considers to be of international standing or are such as to have special value to the people of Singapore; and
B. International medical graduates who are in Singapore for the purpose of teaching, research or postgraduate study in medicine under an SMC-accredited training programme.
   

(A)

TEMPORARY REGISTRATION AS A VISITING EXPERT

Not all visiting experts need to be registered. Visiting experts who do not perform procedures on patients or carry out consultations with patients need not register with SMC.  However, the visiting expert must apply for temporary registration if he is required to perform procedures or demonstrate his skills on patients.

Eligibility requirements:

The visiting expert must:

a) still be in active clinical practice;
b) have a basic medical degree from an accredited medical university or medical school;
c) have passed the relevant national licensing examination in the country of conferment of basic degree, where applicable;
d) have evidence of at least 12 months housemanship / internship with a certificate of satisfactory completion of housemanship or equivalent;
e) have been registered as a medical practitioner in the country where he is currently practising in;
f) have been certified to be of good standing by the Medical Council or the relevant national authority; and
g) possess the pre-requisite knowledge, experience, skills and of international standing. In addition, verification of the visiting expert's expertise must be obtained.

(B)

TEMPORARY REGISTRATION FOR TRAINING

The doctor must be in active clinical practice1, and have an offer of a training position either as a Clinical Fellow or Clinical Observer in an accredited healthcare institution in Singapore.
The doctor must have:
a) a basic medical degree from an accredited medical university or medical school;.
b) passed the relevant national licensing examination in the country of conferment of basic degree, where applicable;
c) evidence of at least 12 months housemanship / internship with a certificate of satisfactory completion of housemanship or equivalent;
d) been registered as a medical practitioner in the country where he is currently practising;
e) been certified to be of good standing by the Medical Council or the relevant national authority.
1The doctor should be in active clinical practice for the 3 years preceding the application for medical registration.

(i) Postgraduate Training Programmes for Clinical Fellows

Clinical Fellowships are capped at 1 year. Accredited healthcare institutions must submit the postgraduate training programmes for accreditation by SMC, before they are allowed to accept Clinical Fellows for the programme. Clinical Fellows would not be allowed to switch from one training programme to another after completing their training. Temporary registration granted for Clinical Fellowship will not be extended beyond the duration of the approved training programme.

In addition to the above criteria, Clinical Fellows must:

a) have a minimum of 3 years of working experience as a medical officer (or equivalent);
b) fulfil English Language requirements of SMC if the medium of instruction for the basic medical qualification is not in English;
c)
 
preferably have obtained a postgraduate diploma or degree in his country or overseas;
d) As a Clinical Fellow, the doctor will be allowed to be involved in patient care and make entries in patients' case note, communicate care plans to patients and fellow healthcare professionals, and perform procedures under direct supervision or Level 1 supervision.
 

(ii) Postgraduate Training Programmes for Clinical Observers

Clinical Observerships are capped at 6 months and the training programmes do not need to be accredited by SMC. Temporary registration granted for Clinical Observership will not be extended.

Clinical Observers unlike Clinical Fellows cannot
- be involved in direct patient care; nor
- be allowed to make entries in patients' case notes or write prescriptions for patients.

Nevertheless, they can be allowed to assist in procedures under direct supervision and will be subject to Level 1 supervision by their supervisor at all times.

The table below summarises the differences between Clinical Fellowship and clinical Observership

Requirements/Scope of training

Clinical Fellows

Clinical Observers

Fulfil English language requirements (if medium of instruction for basic degree is not in English) Yes No
Sponsorship (Any agreement with pharmaceutical companies as sponsors will not be acceptable.) Local/overseas institutions or government bodies All other sponsors,
including self
Require 3 years post-housemanship experience or postgraduate diploma or degree Yes No
Period of training allowed Maximum 12 months Maximum 6 months.
Involved in patient care, write case notes, communicate care plans & perform procedures under direct supervision Yes, under direct supervision Only allowed to assist in procedures under direct supervision
Accreditation of training programme Requires accreditation by SMC No accreditation required
Cancellation of Temporary Registration:

The SMC may consider cancellation of the doctor’s temporary registration if:

- Doctor has breached the conditions of his medical registration; or
- Doctor has ceased practice at the approved place of employment; or
- Doctor has ceased practice for long periods without prior approval from SMC, e.g. taking No-Pay leave without SMC’s approval.

The doctor’s PC will be deemed cancelled in the event that his registration has been cancelled by the SMC.

Request for No-Pay Leave:
 

With effect from 1 May 2015, a temporarily registered doctor would no longer be required to submit an application for No-Pay leave for the Medical Council’s approval, before he goes on No-Pay leave.

However, the employing institution must ensure that the doctor remains under the employment of the institution during the period of No-Pay leave and must inform the Medical Council if the doctor is no longer under the employment of the institution.

APPLICATION FORM AND FEES

Please refer to Documentation Requirements & Processing Time for more information.

PRACTISING CERTIFICATE AND FEE

Upon registration, the doctor is required to apply for a practising certificate (PC) before he / she can practise medicine in Singapore. Please refer to Fees Schedule Table for fee payable. A practising certificate (PC) will be issued once a doctor is successfully registered.

No refunds will be given for any unused portion of the PC.

Under section 17(1) of the Medical Registration Act (MRA), any unauthorised person who:

a) practises medicine;
b) wilfully and falsely pretends to be a duly qualified medical practitioner;
c) practises medicine or any branch of medicine, under the style or title of a physician, surgeon, doctor, licentiate in medicine or surgery, bachelor of medicine, or medical practitioner, or under any name, title, addition or description implying that he holds any diploma or degree in medicine or surgery or in any branch of medicine;
d) advertises or holds himself out as a medical practitioner; or
e) contravenes section 13 or 14 of the MRA

shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $100,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both and, in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding $200,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.

Last Updated :  06 Mar 2017 17:39