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June 19, 2019 Wednesday 10:41:20 AM IST

Singapore medical training move

International Edu News

The Singapore Medical Council has reduced its list of approved overseas medical schools from 160 to 103. Eight schools in the United States, seven in Canada, and six each in Britain and India are among the 57 dropped from the list of approved overseas medical schools. The move will ensure the high quality of overseas-trained doctors in the country. Singapore's ageing population has been labelled a ‘time bomb’, and the Ministry of Health is aiming to build a ‘strong local core’ to meet its needs. 

SMC’s recommendations will become effective on January 1, 2020. Students from Singapore who have already secured a place at one of the 57 institutions removed from the list, or who are studying at those schools before next year, will not be affected by the change. Three institutions in Singapore have seen intakes rise from 300 in 2010 to around 500 in 2018. As such, the need to recruit overseas-trained doctors is expected to moderate and stabilise in the coming years.

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