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Adj Prof Shirley Ooi Beng Suat

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  • Senior Consultant, Emergency Medicine Department, National University Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Medical Clinical Education Lead / Associate Dean, NUH


MBBS (S'pore), FRCSEd (A&E), MPHE (Maastricht), FAMS


Emergency Medicine

Special Interests:

Emergency cardiology, Evidence-based Medicine, Medical Education, Ontological Coaching


Adj Professor Shirley Ooi is a Senior Consultant at the Emergency Medicine Department (EMD) and the Medical Clinical Education Lead/Associate Dean at the National University Hospital (NUH). She is an Adj Professor at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. She is a member of the Emergency Medicine national examination committee and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-International(ACGME-I) review committee. 

A former ASEAN Pre-University Scholar from Penang, Malaysia and Singapore Public Service Commission Local Merit Scholarship holder for Medicine at NUS, Adj Prof Ooi obtained her FRCSEd (A&E) in 1992 and became a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore in 1998. She has worked in Edinburgh, UK in 1992 and did a Trauma Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, USA (Oct 1996-June 1997). She was the former Chief of the EMD NUH (2006-2010) and the inaugural Designated Institutional Official of the National University Health System Residency programme (2009-2020). She has served in numerous national clinical training committees, including chairing the Emergency Medicine Specialist Training Committee (2009-2011) and a member of the Specialist Accreditation Board (2010-2020). 

A much sought-after speaker at many local and international conferences and an external postgraduate examiner for Emergency Medicine in Malaysia, Adj Prof Ooi whose passion is in teaching, mentoring and coaching, believes in life-long learning. As such, she completed her Masters of Health Professions Education (MHPE-S) offered by Maastricht University, Netherlands and the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, in 2017 and also the Newfield Ontological Coaching programme in 2021. 

She has won multiple teaching and mentoring awards, the two most prestigious being the 2013 National Outstanding Clinician Educator award for her “outstanding and immense contribution in nurturing and shaping future medical leaders, and the development of the field of Emergency Medicine education in Singapore”, and the 2019 ACGME-I Physician Leader award. She has been involved in teaching Evidence-based Medicine since 1997. 

Adj Prof Ooi's clinical research interest is in Emergency Cardiac Care, especially in studies dealing with the diagnosis of acute coronary syndromes using cardiac biomarkers and electrocardiogram. For the above, she won the 1997 American College of Emergency Physician Research Forum Young Investigator Award. She won the National Medical Excellence Team Award in 2011 for reducing median door-to-door balloon time for ST elevation myocardial infarction patients presenting at the EMD. 

Her medical education research interests are in effective clinical teaching and learning strategies and issues dealing with burnout. She has written 4 books entitled “Guide to the Essentials in Emergency Medicine 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions” and “Medicolegal Issues in Emergency Medicine and Family Practice: Case Scenarios”.


  • 2017: NUS YLLSoM Special Recognition Award for being a "Role model to the Medicine Graduating Class of 2017
  • 2017: Residents’ Choice Awards - Best clinical Session (Approach to Arrhythmias 1)- Professional Development Sessions Award for Top EBM session (Diagnostic module)
  • 2018:  NUH 30 years Long Service award
  • NUS YLLSoM  Medical Society Outstanding Tutor Award (AY2017-2018)
  • NUS YLLSoM Special Recognition Award for being a role model from the graduating class of  2018 
  • 2018: Residents’ Choice Awards-  Outstanding clinical session and top 30% score award for ‘Approach to Arrhythmias II’ and ‘Approach to chest pain’.
  • 2019: NUHS Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2019: Friends of the NUS Medicine Medical Society Award
  • 2019: NUS YLLSoM Special Recognition Award for being a role model to the graduating class of 2019
  • 2019 Singhealth Academic Medicine Education Institute Programme Excellence Award for “Emergency Airway Management Course”, a multi-institutional course which was implemented in 2008 of which I was one of 3 co-founders. (Sept 2019)
  • 2019: Residents’ Choice Awards – May 2019- Best Clinical Session Award (Approach to Arrhythmias 1)- Outstanding Clinical Session Award (Approach to the Patient with Chest Pain)- Dedicated Teacher Award (for consecutive years of teaching in weekly R1 CEP and /or R2 module)
  • 2020: Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-International Physician Leader Award
  • 2020: NUS YLLSoM Dean’s Teaching Excellence award
  • 2020: NUHS Teaching Excellence award
  • 2020: Resident’s Choice award- Best clinical session award (Approach to chest pain)
  • 2021: YLLSoM Dean’s Teaching Excellence award
  • 2021: NUHS Medical Education Research award

Journals & Publications

  1. Low MJW, Khoo K, Kuan WS, Ooi SB. Cross sectional study of perceptions of qualities of a good medical teacher among medical students from first to final year. Singapore Med J 2019, 1–19 Singapore Med J 2020;61(1):28-33.
  2. Choi EC, Chia YH, Koh YQ, Lim CZQ, Lim JC, Ooi SBS, Ibrahim I, Kuan WS. Appropriateness of blood culture: A comparison of practices between the emergency department and general wards. Infect Dis Health. 2019 Feb;24(1):49-55. doi: 10.1016/j.idh.2018.10.003. Epub 2018 Nov 26. (PMID 30541693)
  3. Kuan WS, Ibrahim I, Chan SP, Li Z, Liew OW, Frampton C, Troughton R, Pemberton CJ, Chong JPC, Tan LL, Lin W, Ooi SBS, Richards AM. Mid-regional pro-adrenomedullin outperforms N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide for the diagnosis of acute heart failure in the presence of atrial fibrillation. Eur J Heart Fail. 2019 Dec 6. doi: 10.1002/ejhf.1660. [Epub ahead of print]
  4. Liang ZC1, Ooi SBS, Wang W. Pandemics and Their Impact on Medical Training: Lessons From Singapore. Acad Med. 2020 Apr 17. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003441. (Joint senior authors)
  5. Abhiram Kanneganti, Ching-Hui Sia, Balakrishnan Ashokka, Shirley Beng Suat Ooi. Continuing medical education during a pandemic: an academic institution’s experience. Postgrad Med J 2020. Epub ahead of print. doi:10.1136/postgradmedj-2020-137840.
  6. Ching-Hui Sia, Benjamin Yong-Qiang Tan, Shirley Beng Suat Ooi. Impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic on postgraduate medical education in a Singaporean academic medical institution. Korean J Med Educ 2020 Jun;32(2):39-000. eISSN: 2005-7288.
  7. Tan BYQ, Kanneganti A, Lim LJH, Tan M, Chua YX, Tan L, Sia CH, Denning M, Goh ET, Purkayastha S, Kinross J, Sim K, Chan YH, Ooi SBS. Burnout and Associated Factors Among Health Care Workers in Singapore During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2020 Dec; 21(12): 1751–1758.e5
  8. Shirley BS Ooi, Clement WT Tan, Janneke M Frambach. Who is an effective clinical teacher from the perspectives of medical students and residents. TAPS. 5 Jan 2021;6(1):40-48.
  9. Ching-Hui Sia, Nicholas WS Chew, Clarissa Wei Shuen Cheong, Tin Wei Yuen, Erica Lauren Soong, Yi-Jing Ong, Tiong-Cheng Yeo, Kian-Keong Poh, Shirley Beng Suat Ooi, William Kok-Fai Kong. The fear of electrocardiogram interpretation (ECGphobia) among medical students and junior doctors. Singapore Medical Journal, 22 Jun 2021,DOI: 10.11622/smedj.2021078 PMID: 34157806
  10. Benjamin YQ Tan, Nicholas JH Ngiam, Zi Yun Chang, Sandra MY Tan, Xiayan Shen, Mok Shao Feng, Srinivas Subramanian, Shirley BS Ooi, Adrian CL Kee. Perceptions of a night float system for intern doctors in an internal medicine program – an Asian perspective. Korean J Med Educ. 2019 Sep; 31(3): 271–276. Published online 2019 Aug 26. doi: 10.3946/kjme.2019.137.

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of Academy of Medicine, Singapore

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