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Application for Clinical Electives with National University Hospital (Singapore)

Undergraduates who are keen on an attachment to departments at National University Hospital may apply for a clinical elective with us. The elective, which may be done over a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of twelve weeks, aims to provide a comprehensive and enriching experience for undergraduates, preparing them for their residency in Singapore.


If your school is on a Bilateral Exchange Agreement with National University of Singapore (NUS), please apply for a clinical elective with NUS through their Special Clinical Electives Programme (SCEP) at https://itumed.nus.edu.sg/scep/


Foreign students intending to do a clinical posting in Singapore are required to hold an appropriate Work Pass with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). Otherwise, they will be on social visit pass and be on hands-off observer-ship. This restriction does not apply to Singaporeans/ SPRs.


Eligibility for NUH Clinical Electives

Only medical undergraduates in their clinical years may apply for the programme.


Submission of documents for NUH Clinical Electives application (w.e.f. 15 June 2016)

To apply to do an elective with us, please submit the following (your application will only be processed when all of the required documents have been received):


 Completed application form   Application Form_NUH Electives.pdf 


 Curriculum Vitae


 Transcript(s)


 Letter of Good Standing from your Home University

This document must be signed by your school’s Dean Office or Registrar and bear the official school stamp in hardcopy.


 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Certification Letter


 Proof of Professional Indemnity Insurance


 Proof of valid personal health insurance


 Medical Examination Report  NUH Clinical Electives_Med Exam Report.pdf 


The Medical Examination Report consists of 2 parts:

- Part 1 has to be completed by the student

- Part  2  must be completed by a General Practitioner.

The original Medical Examination Report must be submitted together with the screening results. 


Results of Blood Tests and Vaccination/ Screening Reports 

Results of blood tests (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Varicella and MMR)  and HIV reports must be attached to the medical examination report for submission. The Medical Examination Report and Results of Blood Tests must not be dated more than 6 months from the date of application.


All applicants must produce proof that they have been vaccinated against or are immune to the following:

Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR)

• All students should either be vaccinated or immune.

• Students should produce official records of previous vaccinations as proof of immunity.

• Self-declaration is not sufficient.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

• All students should either be vaccinated or immune.

• Students should either be screened for immunity, or produce official records of previous vaccinations as proof of immunity.

• When past history of varicella is uncertain, a serology test should be carried out to confirm immunity against varicella.


• Those who have not previously received tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis (Tdap) should be vaccinated with a single dose of Tdap, regardless of the interval since the last dose of tetanus or diphtheria-containing vaccine.

• Students should produce documented proof of vaccination with Tdap.

• Proof of vaccination with Td is insufficient. Self-declaration is not accepted as proof of immunity.


Students are encouraged to receive the influenza vaccination.

Hepatitis B

• All students should be screened for Hepatitis B carriage or should show documented serological evidence of immunity against hepatitis B (i.e. anti-HBs ≥10 mIU/mL).

• Hepatitis B negative students who do not have documented serological evidence of immunity against hepatitis B (i.e. anti- HBs ≥10 mIU/mL) should be vaccinated with the primary course series (i.e. 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine).

• A post-vaccination serology test should be conducted to determine the concentration of protective antibodies i.e. anti- HBs of at least 10mIU/mL.

• For those with documented serology response (i.e. anti-HBs ≥10 mIU/mL) obtained prior to admission into the course, there is no need to repeat hepatitis B screening after 5 years.

• For those who are unable to acquire immunity after vaccinations (i.e. anti-HBs < 10 mIU/mL), they should be counselled on the risks of infection during the course of their training.

• Students should have completed at least two doses of Hepatitis B vaccine before attending clinical training.

Hepatitis C

Students must submit documentary evidence of screening for Hepatitis C and HIV.



Application Fee

Along with all of the above documents, please pay a NON-REFUNDABLE application fee for administrative processing costs, which is inclusive of 7% Government and Services Tax (GST):


Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and students in local medical schools

                       S$150 (nett of all bank charges)

Foreign students


Payment can be made via a crossed cheque or bank draft:


Singapore cheques i.e. DBS, POSB, Citibank, UOB, OUB, OCBC, etc are acceptable.

Bank Draft
(International Draft)

International students are advised to purchase a bank draft in Singapore currency from the banks.


Cheque/ bank draft must be made payable to NATIONAL UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL (S) PTE LTD.



  Please mail all documents and payment to:



Please direct all queries to Ms Juliana Chua at NUH_Clinical_Electives@nuhs.edu.sg 



- You will not be issued a(n) certificate/ endorsement of any kind at the end of your attachment to NUH.


- We will not endorse any documents from your medical school upon the completion of your posting. This applies to any other special request forms which require our confirmation/ endorsement.


- The personal data collected through the application will be used and disclosed for the purpose of processing it and other purposes directly related to it, in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act 2012. By completing and submitting the application form and other relevant documents, you consent to such purposes.