Dr. Ann Toh (Singapore)

Ann-Toh-EKR-FoundationDr. Ann Toh works as a home hospice physician delivering family-centered whole-person care to children with life-threatening, life-limiting illness in StarPALS, HCA Hospice Care. She also serves as a volunteer physician and advocate for vulnerable people groups.

Ann serves as a clinician-educator for the School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, and is actively involved in shaping undergraduate curriculum in the areas of community-based education for social determinants of health, social accountability, interprofessional education, and compassion training. She has initiated and continues to nurture a local community of practice on Humanism & Humanities in Healthcare and has developed an innovative educational model for service learning using approaches grounded in Rogerian educational philosophy to nurture the next generation of compassionate healers of tomorrow. Within academia, Ann advocates for compassionate whole-person care through pursuing the development of research in medical education applied health services research & community-based patient-centered models of care.


  • Adjunct Lecturer, Division of Family medicine, NUS School of Medicine
  • Pathway Chair, Health & Humanity Pathway, NUS School of Medicine
  • Senior Resident Physician, StarPALS, HCA Hospice Care

Qualifications: MBBS, MRCPCH, GDPC 


  • 2021: WHBS-SMA Outstanding Mentor Award
  • 2021: APMEC Short Communications Merit Award: “Healing the Healer: Reflective Art Spaces for Clinician Learners”
  • 2019: WHBS-SMA Outstanding Mentor Award
  • 2019: AMEE Zulfiqar Al Khan Postgraduate Fellowship Award: “Person-centred Art Experiential -The Medical Student’s Journey Within”
  • 2019: MASCC Outstanding Study Group Award: “Caring for Terminally-ill Children -How do Clinicians Keep Going?”
  • 2018: NUHS Junior Doctor Pitch for Funds (Medical education)
  • 2017: AMEE Medical Teacher Poster Prize: “Toward mentoring in Medical Social Work: A Narrative Review”

Research Interests

  • Humanism in health professions education
  • Applied Medical Humanities
  • Socio-emotional learning in medical education
  • Professional identity formation Chronic disease management

Journals & Publications

  1. Tay KT, Tan XH, Tan LHE, Vythilingam D, Chin AMC, Loh V, Toh YP, Krishna LKR. A systematic scoping review and thematic analysis of interprofessional mentoring in medicine from 2000 to 2019. J Interprof Care. 2020 Dec 8;1-13.  DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2020.1818700.
  2. Chong YH, Kow CS, Chia CHJ, Low JY, Lai YHM, Lauw S, How AEH, Tan LHE, Ngiam XLL, Chan NPX, Kuek TYJ, Kamal NHA, Chia JL, Abdurrahman ABHM, Chiam M, Ong YT, Chin AMC, Toh YP, Mason S, Krishna LKR. The impact of death and dying on the personhood of medical students: a systematic scoping review. BMC Med Educ. 2020 Dec 28;20(1):516. DOI: 10.1186/s12909-020-02411-y.
  3. Krishna L., Toh YP, Mason, S. and Kanesvaran, R. Mentoring stages: A study of undergraduate mentoring in palliative medicine in Singapore. PLOS ONE 2019, 14(4), p.e0214643.
  4. Toh YP, Karthik R, Teo CC, Suppiah S, Cheung SL and Krishna L. (2017). Toward Mentoring in Palliative Social Work: A Narrative Review of Mentoring Programs in Social Work. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine®, 35(3), pp.523–531.
  5. Sng JH, Pei, Y., Toh, Y.P., Peh, T.Y., Neo, S.H. and Krishna, L.K.R. (2017). Mentoring relationships between senior physicians and junior doctors and/or medical students: A thematic review. Medical Teacher, 39(8), pp.866–875.

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