The current options that I know of so far are these 3 pathways.
- You graduate from a university that is recognized by Singapore Medical Council. List HERE. (Conditional Registration)
- You have a post-graduate degree such as MRCP, MRCS, MRCPCH or MRCOG to be entitled for a registrar post. (Conditional Registration)
- You have at least 3-4 years of experience working as a medical officer. (Temporary Registration)
If you do qualify to any of these 3, you can apply for a post through Singapore’s Ministry of Health Holdings (MOHH). You can email them at email@example.com.
What is the difference between conditional and temporary registration? The pay, of course. You do the same tedious job. The same work load. However, you earn at least SGD 1000 extra with conditional registration. In order to achieve conditional registration, you would have to take up one of their approved diplomas under their Staff Registrar Scheme (SRS).
And what exactly is Staff Registrar Scheme? When you start working in Singapore, you would start to realize that there are a lot of jargons and short forms around. Took me a while to get use to it. To my understanding, like what I’ve mentioned earlier, it’s a program to let you achieve conditional status. You can find the list of diplomas available HERE. To achieve full registration, you would have to pass one of the diplomas and stick with the Singapore government for 4 years. If you are granted conditional registration, you just need to serve for 4 years to get full registration.
Then what’s full registration? It means that you’re allowed to practice freely in Singapore anywhere unsupervised. To work in the private sector or to open up your own clinic. For Malaysians, it’s just the same as completing your compulsory service with the government. Same theory behind it.
Would it be possible to stay as temporary? Well, you can if you don’t mind getting paid less for the same equal amount of job. However, MOHH does not make it any easier for you. You’ll be given a the job on a contract basis, possibly to at least 6-7 years (renewed 2 yearly) but that’s usually the maximum they can go. By then, if they don’t see any progress from you, they would probably kick you out for good.
So is it worth working in Singapore? Your call. It really depends on which category you’re in and the plans that you have in the coming years.