June 2013| ISSUE 6
Our New Vice-Dean for Education

By Sufian Suderman

Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer

Gynaecologist, researcher, educator and committed parent. These are the many ways to describe LKCMedicine’s recently appointed Vice-Dean, Education, Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer.

Since 2011, Associate Professor Low-Beer has co-ordinated a team made up of Imperial College’s scientists, clinicians and educators in collaboration with LKCMedicine local faculty to develop the School’s innovative and modern curriculum. 

“It is like witnessing the start of a pregnancy to birth,” describes Associate Professor Low-Beer about her experience with the School which is going to welcome its first cohort in August. She added that her appointment as LKCMedicine’s Vice-Dean is her proudest moment thus far.

She highlighted the four characteristics of a successful medical school – the right students, right teachers, right environment and the right curriculum.

She believes that LKCMedicine possesses all of these four characteristics as LKCMedicine employs a robust admissions exercise in order to select the best students who possess both the heart and intellect.

Together with Singapore’s excellent medical faculty and LKCMedicine’s cutting-edge facilities, she is certain that students will benefit from LKCMedicine’s innovative curriculum that has been contextualised from Imperial’s world-class medical curriculum.

Associate Professor Naomi’s Low-Beer has consistently been at the forefront of the changing face of medicine and science. As an expert in reproductive medicine, she is the author of United Kingdom's (UK) guidelines on HIV pregnancy as well as setting up UK's first menopause service for HIV-positive women. Prior to this, her research projects investigate vaginally-administered dextrin sulphate gel as a microbide to prevent HIV transmission. Her education portfolio includes assessment and simulation as well as curriculum development.

As a form of relaxation, Associate Professor Low-Beer enjoys playing music with her teenage children. The classically-trained pianist is a keen jogger who has ran in United States, United Kingdom and France for various charities. In the near future, she intends to run for a charity in Singapore.