The council, maintains the Register of Medical Practitioners in Singapore, administers the compulsory continuing medical education (CME) programme. The Singapore Medical Council also keeps a check and regulates the professional conduct and ethics of registered medical practitioners.
The CME programme has been made compulsory so that the doctors are on par and have accurate knowledge of the medical advancements in the world. The program is in force since 1 January 2003. The Medical Council of Singapore can also make recommendations on the courses and examinations leading to the Singapore degree.
There are 4 types of registration which can be done such as :
The application form for Doctor’s registration has to submitted with complete documentation such as photocopies of Undergraduate and postgraduate medical qualifications.
Transcripts of examination results of every year of the applicant's undergraduate medical studies.
Documentary evidence of housemanship/internship training with details on the period spent in each discipline.
Certificates of service or service testimonials for work experience for the past 2 years, from the supervising Medical Doctors or Institutions concerned, indicating grade of employment, nature of work, period of employment, and assessment of work performance, etc. (Note: Certificates of service/ service testimonials for work experience or training attachments in USA, UK or Australia for periods of 6 months and above should be submitted). Certificates of registration with other medical licensing authorities also have to be submitted.
Some additional document also have to be submitted, the details of which are available on www.smc.gov.ag. The form can also be downloaded from the website: www.smc.gov.sg. The application fee can be paid in cash or by cheque. If payment is done by cheque, it should be crossed and made payable to the 'Singapore Medical Council'. The application fee is non-refundable.
After getting registered the doctor can proceed to apply for the practicing certificate before he can begin his practice in Singapore. A doctor is required to register his name in the Register of Specialists with the Singapore Medical Council before he is allowed to practise as a specialist in his field of specialty. The specialist registration can be obtained from the Specialists Accreditation Board (SAB). The application form for specialist accreditation may be downloaded from the website: http://www.hpp.moh.gov.sg/SAB/SAB_Home.html. A one-time fee of SGD$500 is applicable for specialist registration.
Singapore Medical Council functionality
Singapore Medical Council is the state-appointed authoritative body to administer and control professional ethics of medical professionals of the state. SMC is given the following administrative status under section 5 of the Medical Registration Act:
- Maintaining records of registered doctors in Singapore
- Reviewing, accepting or rejecting registration applications of medical professionals
- Issuing practicing certificate to registered doctors as required by the state law
- Assisting and guiding medical education providing institutes in designing and conducting degree courses and examinations
- Making recommendations for training for medical practitioners
- Regulating and designing guidelines of professional ethics for doctors
Important officers of SMC
- Prof TAN Ser Kiat - President
- Prof K Satkunanantham - Registrar
- Prof CHEN Fun Gee - Director of Division of Graduate Medical Studies and member of SMC
- Prof Christopher Cheng Wai Sam - Member
- A/Prof Chew Suok Kai - Member
- Dr Chin Jing Jih - Member and Senior Consultant of Department of Geriatric Medicine
- Ms Serene LIM - Manager (Finance), Administration Division
Contact details of Singapore Medical Council
Address: 16, College Road #01-01
College of Medicine Building,
Telephone Number: 6372 – 3093 (Registration Hotline)
Fax: 6221 0558
E-mail id: email@example.com
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