I believe that for NUS graduates to be better prepared for the future, the qualities they should possess are inquisitiveness, critical thinking, logical reasoning, passion, compassion, integrity, professionalism and being a team-player.
Dr Gerald Koh is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Medical Undergraduate Education at Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, and Joint Associate Professor at Dean’s Office, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, National University Health System. A medical doctor, he obtained his Masters in Family Medicine in 2000 and Fellowship in Family Medicine in 2003. He developed an interest in community geriatrics and geriatric rehabilitation, and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine from NUS in 2002, a Masters in Gerontology and Geriatrics from the European Institute of Gerontology at the University of Malta in 2009. He obtained his PhD in Family Medicine from Western University, Canada in 2012.
He currently teaches family medicine, epidemiology and public health to undergraduate and postgraduates. His current medical education research interests include problem-based learning, geriatrics education and student-led peer learning programmes. He received both the NUS Faculty Teaching Excellence Award and the University Teaching Excellence Award in 2009, and the College of Family Physicians (Singapore) Teachers’ Award in 2005 and Distinguished Educator Award in 2015. He has published medical education research in Canadian Medical Association Journal, Academic Medicine, Medical Education, Medical Teacher and Annals of Academy of Medicine Singapore. His other research interests include stroke and geriatric rehabilitation, tele-rehabilitation and medical education. To date, he has published 74 original research articles and 33 shorter articles in journals, including Journal of American Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association Journal, BMJ Open, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation and Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. He also has obtained research grants amounting to over S$2.2 million as Principal Investigator and S$5.9 million as Co-Investigator.
He is also currently Senior Consultant for Agency for Integrated Care, Consultant for Ministry of Health’s Policy Research and Economics Office and Visiting Consultant for Ang Mo Kio Thye Hua Kwan Hospital.
On being a part of the Academy…
As an NUS Teaching Academy Fellow, I hope to further contribute to NUS by:
Being a connector for identifying and communicating teaching related issues between SSHSPH and NUS Medicine and the Academy;
Furthering research in the area of education, particularly in the area of the effectiveness of community service and experiences in student learning of critical thinking, logical reasoning, passion, compassion, integrity, professionalism and teamwork skills;
Connecting learning in the university to engagement in society;
Being an ambassador to support external and internal outreach;
Contributing to Academy discussions on shaping the future direction of the Academy and NUS’ educational policy.
Teaching Awards / Accolades
NUS Outstanding Educator Award (2016)
SSHSPH Faculty Outstanding Educator Award (2016)
SSHSPH Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2016)
NUS Wong Hock Boon Society – Singapore Medical Association Charity Fund Outstanding Research Mentor Award (2015)
College of Family Physicians of Singapore Distinguished Educators’ Award (2015)
Friends of NUS Medical Students Society Award (2014)
Top 10 Tutor Award (awarded by NUS Medical Students Society) (2009)
NUS University Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) (2009)
YLLSoM Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2007/2008)
College of Family Physicians (Singapore) Teachers’ Award (2005)