The AM•EI Golden Apple Awards recognise and honour outstanding educators from SingHealth and Duke-NUS, who have demonstrated excellence in teaching. Their passion, dedication and innovation have transformed teaching and helped raise standards of healthcare education.
Meet the winners of this year’s awards!
Assoc Prof Lee Kheng HockDirectorEducationSingHealth Community Hospitals
Assoc Prof Lee Kheng Hock was appointed the first Executive Director of the College of Family Physicians Singapore and tasked to revamp the educational activities of the college from 1998 to 2005. He played an instrumental role in the creation and development of the Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine in 2000, which is recognised today for its rigor and impact on improving the standard of family medicine in Singapore. He also served three full terms as President of the college from 2011 to 2017, during which various training programmes saw record enrolment numbers and improvement in standards.
In 2007 in the then-newly established Duke-NUS Medical School, Assoc Prof Lee developed an innovative, longitudinal family medicine curriculum that emphasised the importance of patient centredness and continuity of care.
Assoc Prof Lee also set up the SingHealth Community Hospitals Office of Learning in 2018, which co-creates education programmes with partners in adult learning and care providers in the intermediate and long-term care sectors.
Ms Yu XiaSenior Nurse Clinician (APN)Advanced Practice Nurse DevelopmentChangi General Hospital
With 10 years of experience and expertise in pain management and advanced practice nursing, Ms Yu Xia has developed several pain management training workshops and skills competencies for nurses of different levels. She also conducts orientation talks for new nurses to equip them with essential knowledge of pain management at Changi General Hospital (CGH), to enhance the care provided to patients.
As a member of the CGH APN Mentoring Programme, Ms Yu is a co-lead in developing a robust mentoring programme to nurture senior nurses with high potential to embark on their journeys of becoming Advanced Practice Nurses. Ms Yu has also led, presented and published several research studies.
Dr Manisha MathurSenior ConsultantObstetrics and Gynaecology;HeadAmbulatory ServicesKK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Dr Manisha Mathur spearheaded the set-up of the Obstetrics Anal Sphincter Injuries (OASIS) workshop under the auspices of SingHealth Duke-NUS Obstetrics & Gynaecology Academic Clinical Programme (OBGYN ACP), after identifying a lack of training for residents and other faculty in this area.
Dr Mathur also actively seeks out ways of exploring the incorporation of technology to better engage learners and mooted the idea of a mobile learning application, WhatsUpDoc, to provide on-the-go learning and functional training for junior doctors and house officers.
In April 2018, Dr Mathur led a team in winning the InnovPLUS Spark Award for their project “Understanding Anatomy Using Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR)”. This initiative was a collaboration between SingHealth’s OBGYN Residency and the Advanced Remanufacturing Centre (ARTC), using both AR and MR technologies to standardise learning and improve patient safety.
Adj Asst Prof Sashikumar GanapathyDeputy Head & ConsultantEmergency MedicineKK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
With a knack for identifying gaps in processes, Adj Asst Prof Sashikumar Ganapathy and his team created the “I Hear You” model of communication for healthcare providers in the Emergency department. As a result, communications-related complaints in the department dropped 70% within just 6 months. Adj Asst Prof Ganapathy also pioneered the Empowering Residents as Tutors Training Programme. Within the last 2 years, Adj Asst Prof Ganapathy has also designed and revamped 2 teaching programmes in Emergency Medicine (EM):
KKH Emergency Medicine Interprofessional Communications CourseAdj Asst Prof Ganapathy was selected to lead and expand the course across all emergency departments in SingHealth institutions. As chief trainer, he guides healthcare professionals on how to respond to difficult circumstances involving patients. The programme has been recognized as one of the best communications teaching programmes in the Paediatric and EM fields, and received awards in international and local conferences.
SingHealth Paediatric Suturing ProgrammeAdj Asst Prof Ganapathy was instrumental in the development of a mobile application that guides residents through learning tasks prior to performing the procedures, with the help of interactive videos and reminder checklists.
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