Joined Sep 26 2009
I have been working as Associate Professor in the Dept. of ORL-HNS, School of Medical Sciences, University Science Malaysia (USM) since July 1998. Primarily a Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist with sub-specialization in Head and Neck and Thyroid Surgery, I am also a qualified practicing medical educationist (MHPE Maastricht University) and lecturer for basic medical sciences in Physiology and Anatomy both for undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching. Happily married with three daughters, my wife is a medical doctor and works in Hospital USM. First daughter is a final year medical student in Dow Medical University Karachi, Pakistan. The other two daughters are undertaking Bachelors in Business Administration and “A” level program respectively in KL, Malaysia. Reading, writing, gym and jogging are my favorite routines.
I strongly believe in curriculum, which is based on outcome-objective and evaluation (my views published as an editorial in Pakistan Journal of Otolaryngology. 2006; 22:28-30 and as review article in Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 14. No. 2, July 2007: 4-11). I am keen to teach basic medical sciences and prefer teaching gross anatomy in head and neck region and special senses and thyroid in physiology.
As a clinician and surgeon I am equipped with an all round experience to cater all ENT diseases with specialized skills in Head and Neck, Skull Base and Thyroid Surgery.I always practice using a disease entity protocol developed and based on our own indigenous experience.
Most of my work as surgeon and medical educationist has been published in multiple national and international journals including various Asian, European and American journals. Out of my 83 published articles, 70 are from medical sciences (Otolaryngology-Head & Neck and Thyroid) and remaining 13 from social sciences (Medical Education).
I have delivered talks in a number of plenary and symposia sessions (33) besides free paper presentations (more than 100) at various forums of Head and Neck and Thyroid Surgery and Medical Education. I have been, recently invited for a state of the art lecture in an international conference of ORL-HNS and as a visiting professor to a medical college abroad for a series of lectures and hands on workshops.
I am a keen researcher and my research in social sciences aims to improve interactive lectures, clinical skills lab as learning method and objective assessment tools in learning. Adapting and innovating learning skills to optimize the out-come based objectives of undergraduate teaching has recently been the motivating factor in my developing a new 4-S Learning Model.My research in NPC has won five gold medals including ITEX 2004, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) 2004 and International Invention Geneva 2005. I am also honored with Excellent Scientist Award 2005 and USM Hall of Fame Award 2005. This research work has been published in international and national journals (as EBV in NPC in American Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2007, 136, 986-991, An Editorial in PJORL, 2004; 20: 38-39 and another Invited Editorial in USM Research Bulletin, Aug/Dec 2004, vol. 4- No. 2/3).
My academic portfolios apart from ENT Surgeon and Medical Educationist also include Coordinator CME/CPC, Member Postgraduate Committee, Member Clinical Skills Teaching Group, Member Curriculum Review Committee and Member Task Force for Delivery of Undergraduate Medical Curriculum in School of Medical Sciences, USM. At postgraduate level, I have been the member of Inter-Universities Conjoint Board and Member Selection Committee for the intake of Masters Program in ORL-HNS for the last eight years.
My community services has been organized on regular basis which includes monthly visit together with my wife Dr. Gauhar Hassan to a Down’s Syndrome Centre in Kota Bharu, multiple out-reached medical camps and health screening programs delivered under various associations particularly Lions Club Kota Bharu.
I consider CPD and CME as the integral part of the organizational curriculum, which is essential for faculty development of an educational institution (my views published as an Editorial in Pakistan Journal of Otolaryngology 2007; 23: 25-26). This promotes a well-collaborated and coordinated culture where everybody learns from each other in promoting the multidisciplinary and inter-disciplinary professional learning.