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Cook, Sandy

Emeritus Professor

Senior Associate Dean


Contact: 65168722

Dr. Cook joined Duke-NUS Medical School in June 2006, as Associate Dean for Curriculum Development and established Medical Education, Research, and Evaluation Department within the Office of Education (OoE).  In 2010 she was promoted to Senior Associate Dean and took on an expanded role in supporting the Vice Dean in managing OoE.  She helped establish the Academic Medicine Education Institute (AM•EI) launched in 2012.  It is a joint venture with Duke-NUS and SingHealth – designed to promote excellence in education for all Health Professional Educators. In 2014, she was accepted into the NUS Teaching Academy Fellows and 2016 received the Master Scholar Award from the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE). In 2016, she was appointed Interim Vice Dean and Co-Chair of AM•EI.

Dr. Cook received her PhD from Cornell University in Adult and Continuing Education. Her Master’s is in Research Methodology and her Bachelor’s in Experimental Psychology, both from Ohio State University.  Dr. Cook went to Chicago in 1985 to work as an education specialist for the Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC), a major NIH grant that was awarded to the University of Chicago in 1976 and continues to be funded. One of the major focuses on that grant has been the translation of diabetes research to the community, patients, and physicians.  She continued on that grant and other diabetes related grants until 2003, when she needed to focus more of her time with University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and working with faculty to develop scholarly medical education research projects.  She was appointed as Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs, Senior Research Professional at the University from 2001-2006.  

Dr. Cook’s overall research in Chicago focused on developing and evaluating educational programmes throughout the Division of Biological Sciences; health outcomes research in the area of diabetes, sleep medicine disorders, asthma, and geriatrics; and faculty development efforts in the area of the Scholarship of Education.  Her work in the area of simulation and clinical assessment grew with the development of Clinical Performance Center at the University of Chicago for use in teaching and assessing the clinical skills of our medical students.  Her research efforts has resulted in numerous publications, published abstracts, and one book chapter.  Since coming to Singapore, she has focused much of her research on the development, implementation, and impact of Team-based Learning and faculty development.

She has been a member of the Society of Directors in Research in Medical Education since 2002 and served on the Board of Directors for 5 years until she moved to Singapore.  She spent 8 years on the board of the Chicago Asthma Consortium, and served as President from 2003-2006.  She also was the chair of the Curriculum and Evaluation committee of the 13-Schools Consortium from 2001-2006.  She currently is a member of the Team-based Learning Collaborative, International Association of Medical Science Educators, Association of Medical Educators of Europe, and is an associate editor for Medical Science Education Journal, the Proceedings of Singapore Health Care, and Annals, Academy of Medicine Singapore.

Dr. Cook’s overall research has focused in the area of developing and evaluating educational programmes in the area of various chronic diseases (such as diabetes, sleep medicine disorders, asthma, and geriatrics), development and work on clinical skills assessment, as well as faculty development efforts in the area of the educational methodology (i.e., Team-based learning (TBL)), Scholarship of Education, educational research. Most recently, the Medical Education Research and Evaluation office has been looking at topics such as the role of residents as teachers, impact of TBL in medical education, attitudes of faculty and students, changes in empathy, attitudes of generations, etc.

If you are interested in medical education, programme evaluation, and exploring impact of educational interventions, you will get a chance to participate in existing projects as well as design your own study, write the IRB, conduct the research, work on the analysis, and ultimately prepare for presentation &/or publication. 

Cook Sandy; Drum Melinda L; Kirchhoff Anne C; Jin Lei; Levie Jessica; Harrison James F; Lippold Susan A; Schaefer Cynthia T; Chin Marshall H
Providers' assessment of barriers to effective management of hypertension and hyperlipidemia in community health centers.
Journal of health care for the poor and underserved 2006; 17(1):70-85 

Silverstein JC, Ehrenfeld JM, Croft DA, Dech FW, Small S, Cook S (2006). 
Tele-Immersion: preferred infrastructure of anatomy instruction.
Journal of Computing in Higher Education 2006; 18(1):80-93  

Podrazik Paula M; Levine Stacie; Smith Sandy; Scott Don; Dubeau Catherine E; Baron Aliza; Whelan Chad; Johnson Julie; Cook Sandy; Arora Vineet; Meltzer David; Sachs Greg
The Curriculum for the Hospitalized Aging Medical Patient program: a collaborative faculty development program for hospitalists, general internists, and geriatricians.
Journal of hospital medicine : an official publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine 2008; 3(5):384- 

Lindau Stacy Tessler, Goodrich Katie G, Leitsch Sara A,  Cook Sandy 
Sex in the curriculum: the effect of a multi-modal sexual history-taking module on medical student skills.
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning  2008; 8(1):1-9  

Cook S, Puthucheary J,  Kamei R
Is it learning or is it a prelude to cheating?  Medical Education Case Study.
Journal of International Association Medical Science Educators 2008; 18(2):55-59  

Cook S 
Writing Outstanding MCQs that Match Your Objectives: Why Keep Assessing Your Student’s Performance a Secret?
SGH Proceedings 2008; 17(3):154-159  

Puthucheary J, Graham D, Gullo C, Hwang NC, Oon L, Tan SY, Cook S 
Body & Disease 2008: An integrated Course Teaching Pathology, Pharmacology, Immunology and Microbiology.
SGH Proceedings 2009; 18(2):55-69 

Chow PKH, Soh CR, Tay SM, Cook S
An Integrated Approach to Learning Anatomy, Physiology and Micro-Anatomy: A clinician-based system at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore
SGH Proceedings 2010; 18(3):84-90 

Cook S, Grochowski CO, Atherton A, Laskowitz DT, Pervaiz S, Buckley E, Kamei RK 
Developing Physician Leaders for Over 50 years:  The Duke Medical Student Research Experience in the US and Singapore
Med Sci Educ   2011; 21(1S):53-58  

Lee Kheng H; Cook Sandy; Kamei Robert
Teaching family medicine: a longitudinal and modular competency-based approach.
Medical education 2012; 46(11):1102-

Parmelee Dean; Michaelsen Larry K; Cook Sandy; Hudes Patricia D 
Team-based learning: a practical guide: AMEE guide no. 65.
Medical teacher 2012; 34(5):e275-e287  

Kamei R, Cook S, Puthucheary J, Starmer F, 
21st Century Learning in Medicine:  Traditional Teaching Versus Team-based Learning.
Medical Science Educator 2012; 22(2):57-64 

DeSilva DA, Allen JC, Krishnaswamy G, Vogel S, Cook S 
Patient Oriented Research.  Duke-NUS Medical Student Experience.
Medical Science Educator 2013; 23(1S):141-147  

D Scott, S Cook, C DuBeau, P Podrazik 
A Four Station OSTE (Objective Structured Teaching Exercise) in Geriatric Medicine
MedEdPORTAL Publications 2013;  

Gullo C, Ha T, Cook S 
Twelve Tips for Facilitation Team-Based Learning (TBL)
Medical Educator 2015; 37(9):819-24  

Youmna Sherif, Mara McAdams, Sandy Cook, Robert Kamei, Scott Compton
Medical Students' Exposure to Bedside Teaching
Medical Science Educator 2015; 25(1):5-7  

GOH Sok Hong, KAMEI Robert K, TAN Kok Hian, KOO Wen Hsin, COOK Sandy 
Academic Medicine Education Institute (AM∙EI): Transforming the Educational Culture of Health Professionals
Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore 2015; 45(5):172-7  

Goh Sok Hong, , Cook Sandy 
Student’s Perspective of Residents as Educators following Introduction of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-International (ACGME-I) SingHealth Residency
Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare 2016; (Article; e-Published Ahead of Print) 

Marianne Ong Meng Ann, Woo Kia Mun, Cook Sandy 
A General Survey on Learners & Faculty Perspectives on Educational Activities held in National Dental Centre Singapore
Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare 2016; (Article; e-Published Ahead of Print) 

Ting Daniel, Lee Jill, Loo Benny, Baisa Katherine, Koo Wen Hsin, Cook Sandy, Lim Boon Leng 
A Nationwide Residents-Led Medical Student Teaching Program in Singapore: SingHealth Student Internship Program (SIP) Boot Camp
Singapore Medical Journal 2016; 57(5) 233