Medical Registration with the Singapore Medical Council

Medical Registration with the Singapore Medical Council

Medical Registration with the Singapore Medical Council


3 July 2021


24 April 2023


Medical Registration


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International medical graduates who wanted to work in Singapore would apply under Conditional Registration category, which allow you to work only in an SMC-approved healthcare institution, under the supervision of a Fully Registered medical practitioner.

Eligibility requirements:
  • Holds a basic medical degree from a university / medical school listed in the Second Schedule of the Medical Registration Act (please refer to this link for more details List of Basic Medical Degree Registrable with SMC (Effective 1 Jan 2020)); or
  • Has a postgraduate qualification recognised by SMC (please refer to this link for more details List of Post Graduate Degree Registrable with SMC (Effective 1 Jan 2021)); or
  • Accredited by the Specialists Accreditation Board Singapore as a specialist; and
  • Has been selected for employment in an SMC-approved healthcare institution; and
  • Holds a certificate of experience or equivalent as proof of satisfactory completion of housemanship, or PGY1 or the internship year; and
  • Is currently in active clinical practice and
  • Has passed such national licensing examination as required in the country where the basic medical degree was conferred (if applicable); and
  • Has been certified to be in good standing by the overseas regulatory body or medical council equivalent; and
  • Fulfils English Language requirements of SMC if the medium of instruction for the basic medical qualification is not in the English Language.

Medical 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.

The doctor should be in active clinical practice for the 3 years preceding the application for medical registration (the minimum requirement is that the doctor must work an average of 168 hours per year during the 3 years prior to the application for registration). 

All conditionally registered doctors must engage in clinical practice under the supervision of an appropriate supervisor approved by SMC. Their clinical work cannot include aesthetic practice. General health screening services should not exceed 20% of their clinical caseload.

Additional Note

Nucleus Health will assist to apply for the medical registration once the candidates has received offered from the SMC-approved medical institutions.

The information provided are obtained from the Singapore Medical Council website. For more information, visit


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