TTSH is a teaching hospital where Medical, Nursing, Allied Health and Pharmacy students come to learn. Students posted to TTSH are integrated into the patient’s care team. Partnership and collaboration amongst the health care teams are the foundation to improving patient outcome, and the importance of such collaboration is reinforced throughout the student’s learning experience at TTSH.

An integrated office was set up on 1 April 2013 to coordinate, review and improve Pre-Professional Education programmes in TTSH. Pre-Professional, refers to allied health, medical, nursing and pharmacy students from ITE, Polytechnics and Universities who have not graduated from their NITEC, Diploma or Degree courses.

PPEO works closely with educational institutions to ensure that students' learning objectives are met while they are attached at TTSH. PPEO also coordinates all students' (including overseas students) attachments, electives, postings, and internships within TTSH. PPEO is headed by the Education Director, a post currently held by A/Prof Tham Kum Ying.


  1. Allied health students
  2. Medical students
  3. Nursing students
  4. Pharmacy students, and
  5. All elective students whose placements are arranged by PPEO

PPEO is also the liaison unit with the Singapore health professions schools i.e. ITE, Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, NUS Department of Pharmacy, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. PPEO is the point of contact for TTSH's instructors, tutors, lecturers for ITE, Polytechnics and Department of Pharmacy, and clinical teachers and educators appointed under the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine Clinical Faculty Scheme and Adjunct Schemes, and teaching faculty appointed by Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.


  1. Health profession students' clinical rotation/attachment to TTSH
  2. Organisation of examinations for the above students
  3. Administration of clinical teaching by TTSH staff for above students