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Vice-Dean (Education) and
Department of Physiology
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore

Professor Hooi Shing Chuan is a respected educator in the Department of Physiology at the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine). His leadership capabilities are evident in his many senior management level appointments. He was Head of the Department of Physiology from 2000 to 2008, Assistant Dean (Pre-clinical) of the Education Team from 2009 to 2010 and Vice-Dean (Education) of NUS Medicine since 2010.

Prof Hooi is invaluable in guiding the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee in its role to ensure that the design and delivery of the undergraduate medical curriculum is aligned with the School’s mission and educational strategies. This includes developing and introducing innovative teaching pedagogies and refining and enhancing the curriculum in anticipation of the Singaporean population’s future healthcare needs. To foster teamwork, he has also initiated inter-professional training involving nursing and pharmacy students. He was the pioneer in developing simulation teaching for NUS Medicine as well as the Cardiovascular Module in the Year One integrated curriculum. Prof Hooi was also instrumental in overseeing the setup of the Simulated Hospital and clinical training facilities at the Centre for Translational Medicine (CeTM), which promoted experiential learning.   

He has helped many cohorts of medical students bridge the gap between theory and practice. Through case studies, Prof Hooi illustrates how pre-clinical science is a critical underpinning that is relevant to clinical practice. He makes concepts come to life through hands-on experiential learning. An example - the innovative and well-received Harvey high-fidelity simulator case-based teaching programme was initiated, developed and implemented by Prof Hooi. In this programme, students are given the invaluable opportunity to hone their clinical skills effectively and to develop confidence and expertise in a safe and conducive environment.

For his unwavering commitment and dedication to nurturing future generations of medical students, Prof Hooi was conferred the NUS Outstanding Educator Award in 2012. He has also been lauded with numerous teaching awards, including the Annual Excellent Teacher Award and NUS Excellent Teacher Award. His passion for teaching has been, and will continue to be, instrumental in nurturing past and future generations of doctors.

An exceedingly committed educator and academic, Professor Hooi Shing Chuan has helped to redefine the medical education landscape in Singapore. The Excellence Award pays tribute to the man and his achievements.