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Provisional Registration

Allows a medical graduate who wishes to obtain a certificate of experience to be employed as a Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) trainee in one or more approved hospitals in Singapore for a period of 12 months.

Eligibility requirements:

Provisional registration may be granted to a doctor who:

  • holds an MBBS/MD degree awarded by a medical school in the First Schedule [PDF,59KB] of the Medical Registration Act; or
  • holds a basic1 medical degree from a university/ medical school listed in the Second Schedule [PDF, 260KB] of the Medical Registration Act.

1Medical degree obtained via a 'twinning programme' would be considered only if the clinical training years and final examinations are done and completed at the medical school or university listed in the Second Schedule and in the country where the medical school or university in the Second Schedule is situated.

Note:

  1. Application for provisional registration must be submitted through a local employer whose hospitals are accredited for the training of PGY1 trainees in Singapore.
  2. Provisionally registered doctors holding MBBS/MD degree awarded by a medical school in the First Schedule [PDF,59KB] of the Medical Registration Act may apply for full registration after they have fulfilled the prevailing conditions for full registration.
  3. Provisionally registered doctors holding a degree from a university/medical school listed in the Second Schedule [PDF, 260KB] of the Medical Registration Act may apply for conditional registration after they have fulfilled the prevailing conditions for conditional registration.
  4. Medical graduate applying for provisional registration must start PGY1 training within two years of graduation from medical school.

Cancellation of Provisional Registration:

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

  • has breached the conditions of his medical registration; or
  • has ceased practice at the approved place of supervision; or
  • does not have consistently satisfactory performance in their PGY1 assessments or has not performed to the standards that SMC requires; or
  • has ceased practice without prior approval from SMC including taking No-Pay leave without SMC’s approval.

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

No-Pay Leave application:

The provisionally registered doctor is considered to have failed to comply with the conditions specified in the grant of his medical registration, and his provisional registration will be cancelled if he goes on No-Pay leave (NPL) without SMC’s approval.

The employing institution must submit an online application for the doctor to remain on the register should he wish to go on NPL. All reasons for the application will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The online application should be submitted to Council at least 4 weeks before the doctor embarks on / continues with his NPL. The outcome will be made known to the employer 2 weeks after the receipt of the application.

The doctor may be required to re-register his provisional registration to make up the shortfall in the PGY1 training period (in the event he is granted the NPL) and to submit a fresh application and fee for provisional registration.

The doctor’s medical registration will be cancelled if the request is not approved by the Medical Council and he still proceeds with his NPL. If he returns to employment in Singapore, he must re-apply for medical registration by submitting a fresh application and the prescribed fees.

Last updated: 10 Sep 2018 23:11