A/Prof Erle Lim Chuen Hian


Teaching Aspirations

NUS has many good teachers. I hope that the activities of the Teaching Academy will allow us teachers to learn from, and inspire, each other. The hallmark of a good educator is the ability to simplify abstruse concepts, communicate ideas, foster creativity and make learning fun and interesting. It is also important that we effectively assess the students – to ensure that the lessons are understood and applied. When I chat with other teachers, I am often impressed with how good teaching methods can always be distilled and applied to my own efforts. I hope to see NUS established as one of the world’s leading centres for teaching excellence in the near future.

Teaching Strengths

  • Use of multimedia in medical education
  • Developed digital video database of clinical vignettes for teaching purposes
  • Stressing the importance of observational skills and teaching students to "piece the puzzle" during clinical/ bedside tutorials
  • Ability to simplify a topic and teach "as one would want to learn it"
  • Equipping medical students with the basic tools to learn on their own


Assoc Professor Erle CH Lim graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1990, and obtained his Masters in Medicine (Internal Medicine) from the same university in 1997. In 2009, he was appointed as a Fellow to the Royal College of Physicians, Glasgow. He trained in Neurology at the Singapore General Hospital, after which he completed his training in Movement Disorders at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, under Professors C Warren Olanow and Mitchell F Brin. He is currently Senior Consultant Neurologist at the National University Hospital and was Assistant Dean of Education at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS from 2007 to 2010. A/P Erle Lim's subspecialty interest is in Movement disorders, focusing on clinical applications of Botulinum toxin, Parkinson's disease, Spasticity and Dystonia. He has been invited to give lecture on Neurology and Movement Disorders regionally and internationally, and teaches techniques of Botulinum toxin injection using electromyographic guidance to regional neurologists. He has published over 100 papers in international journals, covering topics in general neurology, movement disorders, botulinum toxin, general medicine and medical education, and is reviewer for international journals in Medicine, Neurology, Movement disorders and Medical Education. He is Deputy Editor of the Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Medicine Research. He sits on the specialist training committee in Neurology. An avid educationist, he conducts weekly postgraduate clinical tutorials at the National University Hospital, and is director of the yearly Neurologic Localisation Course. In 2006 and 2007, he was awarded both the faculty teaching excellence award and the university's annual excellence teaching award. In 2007, he was awarded the university’s outstanding educator award.

Pedagogical interests

IT in education
Communications Skills, Professionalism and Medical Ethics
Simulation Technology
Gaming in Medical Education
Research in Education
Assessment in Medical Education
The Modified Essay Question
Social Networking and Its Implications in Education