Dr Gerald Koh

Associate Professor Gerald Koh

Associate Professor and Director of Medical Undergraduate Education
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
National University of Singapore



FM Research With Medical Students: The Singapore Experience
Date: 23 September 2017, Saturday
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Synopsis: Family Medicine research is done by family physicians (FPs) on their patients and communities they serve. Research should increase knowledge and improve patients’ lives and communities which FPs serve. The Family Medicine (FM) Departments in all three medical schools in Singapore involve students in formal research programs, providing opportunities for students to collaborate with FPs in research. In the process, students learn about FM, research methodologies, data collection, data analysis, writing and presenting skills. This hands-on learning journey in family medicine research is a building block for students in preparation for when they become residents (most, if not all, FM Residency Programs include research as an essential component) and future leaders in FM. This symposium showcases family medicine research done by Singapore medical students, with respective faculty sharing their schools’ approaches to FM research training.


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 (NUS), National University Health System (NUHS). 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, interprofessional education, integrated care and student-led peer learning programmes. He has published medical education research in Canadian Medical Association Journal, Academic Medicine, Medical Education, Medical Teacher, BMC Medical Education and Annals of Academy of Medicine Singapore. His other research interests include stroke, geriatric and tele-rehabilitation. 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, and the NUS and Faculty Outstanding Educator Award in 2016. To date, he has published 100 original research articles and 21 shorter articles in journals, including Journal of American Medical Association, Stroke and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He also has obtained research grants amounting to over S$3.6 million as Principal Investigator and S$8.6 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.