Christina Liew Siaw Cheok

Christina Liew Siaw Cheok, MBChB, MSc., PhD.

College of Health Sciences

Associate Professor

Program Director, Medical Doctor Program

Lead of Assessment, Medical Doctor Program


Dr Christina Liew Siaw Cheok is a medical simulationist and educator with a 16-year of teaching experience in simulation-based education to undergraduate medical students, focusing on clinical, communication and procedural skills. Dr Liew graduated from the United Kingdom and completed her training at the National Health Service (NHS) before obtaining a MSc in Medical and Health Sciences (molecular medicine). Her PhD thesis is in the field of Medical Education. Dr Liew received her training in medical simulation and patient safety from the University of Galway, Ireland. In her previous appointment, Dr Liew served as the Academic Lead of Clinical Competencies for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in collaboration with Perdana University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 2016-2023. She has taken many appointments as the chief examiner for medical undergraduate clinical skills assessment utilising the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). She also served as the clinical coordinator of the medical simulation centre in her previous institution, managing the operations of the simulation unit from 2021-2023. At VinUniversity, Dr Liew currently serves as the Assessment Lead for the MD Program. Dr Liew is a FAIMER fellow and was the fourth Malaysian to receive a fully funded scholarship in 2022 to pursue training in health professions education and leadership from the International FAIMER Institute, an ECFMG affiliate, based in Philadelphia, USA. In the past, Dr Liew has been actively involved in medical school accreditation processes at both national and international levels and advocated for alignment with global standards which led to successful accreditation outcome and advancement in practices. Dr Liew demonstrates a strong interest in medical education research, actively engages as a peer reviewer for scientific journals and contributes to newspaper writing.

  • Simulation based medical education; medical education
  • OSCE
  • Telemedicine
  • Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene polymorphism

Liew SC*, Aung T. Sleep deprivation and its association with diseases- A Review.  Sleep Medicine. 2021; 77: 192- 204.

Liew SC*. Folic acid and diseases – supplement it or not? Revista da Associacao Medica Brasileira 2016; 62: 90-100.

Liew SC*, Das-Gupta E. Methylenetetrahtdrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphism: Epidemiology, metabolism and the associated disease. European Journal of Medical Genetics 2015; 58:1-10.

Liew SC*, Das-Gupta E, Wong SF, Lee N, Safdar N, Jamil A. Association of methylentetraydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677 C > T gene polymorphism and homocysteine levels in psoriasis vulgaris patients from Malaysia: a case-control study. Nutrition Journal 2012; 11:1.

Liew SC*, Das-Gupta E, Chakravarthi S, Wong SF, Lee N, Safdar N, Jamil A. Differential expression of the angiogenesis growth factors in psoriasis vulgaris. BMC Research Notes 2012; 5:201.

Liew SC*, Fadil Azim D. In someone else’s shoes, are all wearers the same?: Empathy in multi-ethnic Asian medical students. Journal of Taibah University of Medical Sciences. 2022.

Liew SC*, Naik V, Fadil Azim D. Anonymous Audience Response Technology in Image-Based Quiz (IBQ) Neuropathology Lecture for Undergraduate Pre-clinical Medical Students: a Comparison with Traditional Lectures. Medical Science Educator. 2021; 31(6):1889-1894. doi: 10.1007/s40670-021-01433-5.

Liew SC*, Sidhu J, Barua A. No More live lectures – Quixotism or Realism-?  Association between learning Preferences and Attendances at live lectures. British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research 2017; 20(12): 1-10.

Liew SC*, Sidhu JK, Barua A. The relationship between learning preferences (styles and approaches) and learning outcomes among pre-clinical undergraduate medical students. BMC Medical Education 2015; 15:44.

Liew SC, Sow CF, Sidhu JK, Nadarajah VD*. The peer tutoring programme: Embracing the “Doctors- to teach” philosophy- a comparison of the effects of participation between the senior and junior peer tutors. Medical Education Online 2015; 20: 27959.

Liew SC*, Dutta S, Sidhu JK, De-Alwis R, Chen N, Sow CF, Barua A. Assessors for communication skills: SPs or healthcare professionals? Medical Teacher 2014; 36: 626-31.

  • MB ChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), University of Liverpool, UK, 2006
  • MSc (Molecular Medicine), International Medical University, Malaysia, 2012
  • PG Dip (Medical Simulation and Patient Safety), University of Galway, Ireland, 2023
  • Ph.D (Medical Education), Universiti Malaya, Malaysia, 2021-present
  • Fellowship, International FAIMER Institute, Philadelphia, USA, 2022-present