National Pharmacy Residency Programmes

Pharmacy residencies are experiential clinical training programmes that are designed for pharmacists who would like to gain more hands-on knowledge and skill set in advanced patient care practice. The outcome of a residency programme is estimated to be equivalent to work experience that has been accrued over three to five years. Therefore the intensity of the training helps to prepare the postgraduates to achieve a competency level that will enable them to provide advanced pharmaceutical care in various settings.

 

Currently there are two major types of Pharmacy residencies, namely PGY-1 (Postgraduate Year 1) and PGY-2 (Postgraduate Year 2). PGY-1 residency programmes are designed for training of advanced clinical pharmacy practitioners and PGY-2 residency programmes are designed for training specialist pharmacist in a particular medical specialty such as oncology, infectious diseases, psychiatry, cardiology or geriatrics.

The Ministry of Health has come up with a new initiative to consolidate all residency programmes in Singapore. Through this consolidation exercise, all nation-wide residency programmes will be evaluated for quality and the residents shall be selected through interviews. As such the implementation of the nation-wide residency will be administered centrally. In order to ensure residency programme directors (RPDs) and preceptors are able to focus their time and effort on the training of residents, good administrative support is necessary for the smooth implementation of the residency programmes.

 

NUS Department of Pharmacy has been appointed by MOH to assist in the implementation of the new National Pharmacy Residency Programmes with the establishment of the Office of Residency Training (ORT), extending the role of the Department in leading the education and training of advanced practitioner pharmacists in Singapore. With the residency programmes in place, the Department hopes that the clinical skills of our future pharmacists will reach a higher level of competency, to provide better pharmaceutical care to their patients in Singapore.

The National Pharmacy Residency Programmes were officially launched and the inaugural batch of residents commenced their residency training in January 2016. The programmes are adapted from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) standards and were locally accredited by the Residency Accreditation Committee appointed by the Pharmacy Specialists Accreditation Board (PSAB).

 

The accredited National Pharmacy Residency Programmes are:

Eligibility criteria for the PGY1 Programme

  • Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident;
  • Employed by a public healthcare institution;
  • At least 2 years of full-time employment in a direct patient care setting as a fully-registered pharmacist with the Singapore Pharmacy Council, in the 5 years immediately preceding the application; equivalent part-time employment in a direct patient care setting can also be considered.
  • Possess a relevant post-graduate qualification (e.g. Master in Clinical Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy);
    If the applicant does not possess a relevant post-graduate qualification, the Pharmacy Head of Department is required to fill up section 10 in the application form to inform MOH of the applicant’s intention to pursue a post-graduate qualification and the estimated timeline. The selection of candidates without post-graduate qualification will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Pursue specialisation in a PSAB-recognised specialty by undergoing PGY2 specialty residency training upon exit from PGY1 residency training.

 

Eligibility Criteria for PGY2 Programmes

  • Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident;
  • Employed at a public healthcare institution;
  • Completed / in the process of completing the national PGY1 pharmacy residency programme. Applicant without PGY1 training may apply if he/she has at least 3 years of full-time employment in a direct patient care setting as a fully-registered pharmacist with the Singapore Pharmacy Council, in the 5 years immediately preceding the application; equivalent part-time employment in a direct patient care setting can also be considered.
  • Possess a relevant post-graduate qualification (e.g. Master in Clinical Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy)
    If the applicant does not possess a relevant post-graduate qualification, the Pharmacy Head of Department is required to fill up Section 10 in the application form to inform MOH of the applicant’s intention to pursue a post-graduate qualification and the estimated time to achieve this. The selection of candidates without post-graduate qualification will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Pharmacists who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply to Ministry of Health (MOH) to enrol into the PGY1 and PGY2 Residency programmes. MOH will announce the call for application for the Pharmacy Residency Programmes through a training circular which will be sent to all the hospitals in the different clusters. All applications must be supported and endorsed by the Head of Pharmacy Department and the relevant authorities within the respective hospital.

 

The MOH Pharmacy Residents Selection Committee (PRSC) will review all applications and shortlist suitable applicants for the selection interview.

 

Should you require any clarifications, please contact the Office of Residency Training – Mr Spencer Tan (email: spencertan@nus.edu.sg)