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Full Registration

Allows a doctor to practise independently in Singapore.

Eligibility requirements:

Full registration may be granted to a doctor who:

  • holds an MBBS/MD degree awarded by a medical school in the First Schedule of the Medical Registration Act and a certificate of experience as proof of satisfactory completion of PGY1 or housemanship; or
  • holds such qualifications as may be recognised by the Medical Council and a certificate of experience as proof of satisfactory completion of PGY1 or housemanship or the internship year(s) overseas and satisfies the Medical Council that he has special knowledge and skills and sufficient experience in any particular branch of medicine; or
  • has been Conditionally-registered, has completed the minimum period of full-time practice or equivalent under conditional registration in such types of clinical disciplines or specialties required by the Singapore Medical Council.

    AND
  • has obtained consistently satisfactory assessment reports on his performance during the period of provisional or conditional registration; and
  • for those on conditional registration, has been on Level 2 supervision for at least 6 months; and
  • has taken the SMC Physician's Pledge1.

The applicant is advised to refer to SMC’s website for other prevailing criteria for full registration.

SMC will only accept applications for full registration no earlier than 6 weeks before the doctor's eligibility to apply for full registration, based on the minimum period of practice under conditional registration.

In view of a fixed number of places available each time, attendance at the Pledge ceremony is strictly by invitation only.  Proof of attendance is compulsory for doctors who wish to be fully registered. However, an invitation to attend the Pledge ceremony and proof of attending the Pledge ceremony does not equate to certainty of approval for full registration which also depends on other criteria e.g. consistently satisfactory performance, professional conduct and fitness to practise.


Conditional Registration through a Medical School Listed in the Second Schedule of the Medical Registration Act (MRA)

If a conditionally registered (C-reg) doctor is registered by virtue of a basic medical qualification from a university / medical school listed in the Second Schedule of the MRA and had not completed PGY1 in Singapore, the satisfactory assessment reports must include:

  • at least 12 months of broad-based practice in General Medicine or Family Medicine2; OR
  • 6 months of General Medicine (or Family Medicine) and another 6 months in Internal Medicine related specialties3; OR
  • 6 months of General Medicine (or Family Medicine) and another 6 months in any of the following specialties: Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery or Paediatric Medicine.

The above postings are prospective following their registration in Singapore. SMC also recommends that employers and institutions of C-reg doctors arrange for their doctors to be assessed by more than one primary supervisor during the period of C-reg for a more objective and holistic appraisal.

2 Family Medicine postings must be in Family Medicine departments or Family Medicine practices recognised under the Family Physicians Accreditation Board for training or specifically recognised by SMC (for example the Accredited Learning Institutions). The primary supervisor must be a registered Family Physician approved by SMC.

3 Cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, dermatology, endocrinology, infectious diseases, rheumatology, haematology, medical oncology, geriatric medicine, renal medicine, respiratory medicine, rehabilitation medicine.


Conditional Registration through Registrable Postgraduate Qualifications

C-reg doctors who do not hold a basic medical degree from a university / medical school listed in the Second Schedule of the MRA will not be considered for full registration unless they:

  • are accredited as a specialist in a core specialty by the Specialists Accreditation Board, and have fulfilled two years of supervised practice under conditional registration in the new role as a specialist; or
  • obtained a registrable postgraduate Family Medicine qualification and accredited as a Family Physician by the Family Physicians Accreditation Board and have fulfilled two years (for Singapore citizens) or four years (for non-Singapore citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents) of supervised practice under conditional registration in the new role as a Family Physician.


Applications for Full registration must be submitted with the following documents or information 
online:

(i) Your updated curriculum vitae;
(ii) Supporting testimonials from the current Head of Department and Chairman Medical Board or Medical Director;
(iii) Payment of the prescribed application fee;
(iv) Recent assessment reports from supervisors and multi-rater reports from peers and colleagues as required. (SMC will also request for the most recent reports from the employing institution upon receipt of the application.).

Request for No-Pay Leave:

While the SMC does not impose any restriction of No-Pay Leave on fully registered doctors, they must be mindful of the requirements for Continuing Medical Education and participating in the SMC's elections which affect the renewal of the practising certificate.

It is therefore important for the doctor to update the SMC of his address and practice status e.g. if they are overseas for a period of time or training overseas.

Last updated: 12 Dec 2018 16:00