Speakers

Claudio Violato

Dr. Claudio Violato is Professor and Head of the International Graduate Medical Education (IGME) Program at the University Ambrosiana, See more.

and former Director of the Medical Education and Research Unit in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. In addition to several books, Dr. Violato has published more than 200 scientific and technical articles and reports in journals such as the American Journal of Surgery, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Academic Medicine, Medical Education, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, Canadian Journal of Surgery, British Medical Journal and Pediatrics. Some of his recent honors and awards include the 2009 McLeod Award for excellence in medical education, University of Calgary, and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Medical Council of Canada “For Excellence in the Evaluation of Clinical Competence”.

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Giovanni Romeo

  • Alma Mater Professor of Medical Genetics at University of Bologna Medical School (1965).
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  • Degree in Medicine; Internship& Residency in Paediatrics, University of Bologna Medical School (1965-7);
  • Research Fellow, Genetics Division, Department. of Paediatrics, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, Md. (1968-71)

He is a medical geneticist with a wide international research experience documented by his leadership role during the past 30 years in different Institutions, namely in Genova (Istituto G. Gaslini), Lyon (International agency for Research on Cancer) and now in Bologna.

Major research interests

Hirschsprung disease, RET protooncogene, consanguinity studies and during the last 10 years mtDNA mutations in oncocytic tumors. :

He is President of the European Genetics Foundation (EGF), a non for profit organization which manages the European School of Genetic Medicine (www.eurogene.org) devoted to the advanced training in genetics and genomics of young geneticists and health professionals from Europe and elsewhere in the world, in particular graduates from the Southern rim of the Mediterranean sea basin and the Middle East. He started this School in 1988 in collaboration with the late Victor A. McKusick. For this reason he was awarded in 2011 the ASHG Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education (http://www.ashg.org/pages/awards_2011winners.shtml

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Hossam Hamdy

Hossam Hamdy is the Vice Chancellor of Medical and Health Sciences Colleges, University of Sharjah, UAE. He was Dean of College of Medicine and Medical Sciences in the Arabian Gulf University prior to this appointment. He also serves as a Senior Consultant in Pediatric Surgery at Qassimi Hospital in UAE. He is Vice President of the World Federation of Medical Education, a Consultant on Medical Education for WHO and UNESCO.

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He graduated with honors from the Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt in 1967. He completed his Fellowship in Medical Education at Boston University, USA and earned his PhD in Medical Education from the University of Groningen, Netherlands. He is a Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has served as Director of Medical Education for the Ministry of Health in Bahrain.

Graduated with Honors from Alexandria University, Faculty of Medicine, Egypt in 1967. Trained as Pediatric Surgeon in Alexandria, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Baltimore, USA, 1968-1978. In 1979, he moved from Alexandria University to Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt and established a medical school with a total Problem-Based Learning Curriculum. Fellowship Medical Education at Boston University, 1980 – 1981.
Senior Lecturer, Consultant Pediatric Surgery, Edinburgh University and Royal Hospital For Sick Children, 1981-1982
Professor and Chairman Department of Surgery, Suez Canal University, 1984-1989.
In1989 moved to Bahrain.

Professor and Senior Consultant Pediatric Surgery, Arabian Gulf University, Director Medical Education, Ministry of Health, Bahrain, 1989-1995
Dean, College of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Arabian Gulf University; Director of the Master in Health Professions Education Program and Chairman, Department of Surgery 1998 – 2006.
Secretary General of the Arabian Gulf Countries Medical Colleges Deans Committee 1998 –2006
At the Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain, led the College of Medicine as Dean for 8 years and won the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Best Medical College in the Arab world in 2006.
In 2006 moved to Sharjah, UAE.

Vice-Chancellor, Medical & Health Sciences Colleges, University of Sharjah, U.A.E, 2006 to-date.
Senior Consultant Pediatric Surgery, Qassimi Hospital, Ministry of Health, United Arab Emirates 2006-to date.
Experience in Medical Education; Curriculum, Problem Based learning, Outcome Based Education, Professional skills training, Assessment, Evidence-Based Medicine and Best Evidence Medical Education.
Consultant Medical Education, WHO, UNESCO

Vice President of World Federation Medical Education, EMRO – WHO, 2005 – 2011.

  • Member of the Editorial Board of The Journal “Medical Education”
  • For contribution to the Surgical Science training and practice, was awarded in 2010 the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England “by Election” and appointed as Faculty on the leadership program in Health at Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
  • In January 2011, won the Arab Health Award for “Outstanding contribution of an individual to the Middle East Healthcare Industry”
  • In April 2011, won the Sheikh Khalifa Award for Higher Education for “Distinguished Professor in Teaching”.
  • In January 2012, awarded “Knight of the Order of Academic Palms” by the French government.

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John J. Norcini

President and CEO of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical
Education and Research (FAIMER®)See more.

Educational and Professional Experience:
LaSalle University, B.A. in Psychology
Bryn Mawr College, Ph.D. in Child Development
American Board of Internal Medicine (1977-2002)
Director of Psychometrics (1985-1988)
Executive Vice President for Evaluation and Research (1988-1997)
Executive Vice President of the Institute for Clinical Evaluation (1997-2002)
Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (2002-present): President and CEO

Deputy Editor of Medical Education and on the Editorial Boards of Evaluation and the Health Professions, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, Advances in Health Sciences Education, Applied Measurement in Education, and Simulation in Healthcare

Scholarly Interests

Since becoming FAIMER’s first President and CEO, Dr. Norcini has been instrumental in identifying the Foundation's areas of focus and he played a key role in the adoption of a strategic plan and selection of regional emphases. He has also reorganized FAIMER and made a number of key staff appointments to ensure academic and educational support as its activities continue to develop. The Foundation’s mission is to improve international health professions education. FAIMER has three areas of focus: 1) data resources including a directory of recognized medical schools around the world, 2) research on international health professions education and physician migration, and 3) fellowship programs in health professions education and leadership, designed for faculty from schools around the world.
Dr. Norcini's principal academic interest is in the area of the assessment of physician performance. In addition to his operational knowledge of testing, he has published extensively and lectured and taught in more than forty countries. Topics of publication include written examinations, computer-based testing, work-based assessment, simulation, maintenance of competence, equating, standard-setting, and professionalism.
In addition to assessment, Dr. Norcini has also done work on physician migration and the impact of international medical graduates (IMGs) on the US healthcare system. Topics include the predictors of the performance of IMGs on certifying examination, the curriculum of schools producing the most US citizen IMGs, and the patient outcomes of IMGs.

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Khalid Bin Abdulrahman

Prof. Khalid Bin Abdulrahman is a Professor of Family Medicine and Medical Education. He is at present the Vice-President for Studies, Development & Academic Accreditation at Al-Imam Mohammed Bin Saud Islamic University (IMSIU). See more.

The founding Dean of the College of Medicine at Al-Imam University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.the former Chairman of the Saudi Deans National Committee and the former Vice-President of the Saudi Society for Medical Education (SSME). Prof Abdulrahman is the current President of the Saudi Society for medical Jurisprudence and the editor in chief of Imam Journal of Applied Sciences (IJAS). The Editor of Medical Teacher Supplement. An Active member of many prestigious strategic committees including the National Health Council in Saudi Arabia. In 2006 he was appointed to lead the national strategic planning project for health professions education in Saudi Arabia. Professor Khalid is a member in the international board of ASPIRE initiative; a program has been initiated to recognize international excellence in medical schools (www.aspire-to-excellence.org).
His areas of interests include Planning and Development of Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education Programs, Strategic Planning & Leadership Development and Management of Chronic Illness in family practice setting. Prof Khalid has published more than 70 papers in family medicine and medical education, both in local and international peer reviewed journals. He presented more than 300 presentations in local and international meetings. Prof. Bin Abdulrahman is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Great Mind of the 21st Century Award from the American Biographical Institute.

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Marwan F. Abu-Hijleh

Professor MARWAN ABU-HIJLEH graduated with a Bachelor degree in Medicine & Surgery (MBBCh) from Cairo University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt (1979) and received his (PhD) degree in Anatomy from Glasgow University Medical School, Scotland, UK (1987). He was initially trained as a Resident in Surgery in Egypt and United Arab Emirates, and later as a Clinical Anatomist in Glasgow (Scotland), Jordan, Oman and now in Bahrain. See more.

He served as the Chairman of the Department of Anatomy and Vice Dean for Curriculum & Medical Education, Jordan University of Science & Technology, Jordan (1998-2001). He also served as Chairman of the Pre-clerkship Phase (Problem-Based Learning Phase), College of Medicine & Medical Sciences (CMMS), Arabian Gulf University (AGU), Bahrain (2004-2006).


Over the past two decades, he developed an increasing interest in Medical Education with focus on curriculum development and teaching strategies. This prompted him to earn in 2009 a Master in Health Professions Education (MHPE), which is a jointly organized program by University of Maastricht, the Netherlands & Suez Canal University, Egypt. He is currently Professor & Chair of the Anatomy Department, Chairman of the BSc Examination Committee and Chairman of the CMMS Appointments & Promotions Committee. He is also core member in the Curriculum Committee, the WHO Collaboration Centre for Educational Development, the Medical Education Unit, the Master in Health Professions Education Program (MHPE) and several other key committees at both College and University levels at AGU, Bahrain.


Areas of his research interests include: lymphatics and lymphoid organs in general with particular interest in lymphatic absorption from serous cavities, human topographical anatomy and morphological variations, fascia of the human body, radiologic and anthropological anatomy, and Medical Education. He published over 50 papers in the above research areas in highly rated international journals. He is member in several international scientific organizations and societies. He participated in many conferences, meetings and workshops, both regionally and internationally, covering a wide range of areas in Medicine and Health Care Profession Education. He is also editor, associate editor and reviewer in several regional and international medical journals. He supervised several postgraduate and MHPE students and acted as external and internal examiner on many occasions.

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Mohamed Elhassan Abdalla

Dr. Mohamed Elhassan Abdalla Elsayed MB.BS, MHPE, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medical Education
College of Medicine, University of Sharjah, UAE See more.

Dr. Abdalla works in Sudan, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates with many medical schools and health related organization in the area of medical education (undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development). He has extensive expertise and publications in the area of health profession education program’s evaluation and accreditation and its impact on its societies, students’ assessment and curriculum development. He is currently Chairman of Group on Social Accountability (GOSA), for the Association for Medical Education in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (AMEEMR).

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Nadia Al Wardy

Dr. Nadia Al Wardy is the Head of Medical Education Unit and Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine & Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. She is also a member of the State Council in Oman where she serves on the Education Committee. See more.

Dr. Nadia’s interest is in the areas of student assessment and faculty development. She currently chairs the Examinations Committee in the College and is a member of the Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB) Examinations Committee. She has been instrumental in developing a new assessment policy and an assessment system for the new curriculum that was implemented in the College in 2008. She is an active member of the College Curriculum Committee where she played a major role in the development of the new curriculum. Dr. Nadia’s major achievements in the area of medical education have been the establishment of the Medical Education Unit in the College in 2006 and the implementation of a faculty development programme to enhance the teaching capabilities and certify faculty in the College in Health Professions Education. Dr. Nadia developed new courses and innovative assessment methods. She is a winner of TWAS Arab Regional Prize in 2011 on “the Development of Scientific Educational Material”. Dr. Nadia serves on numerous committees on the Departmental, College, University, National, Regional and International level and she has recently been appointed on the Executive Committee of the Association of Medical Education Eastern Mediterranean Region (AMEEMR). Dr. Nadia served as Assistant Dean for Pre-Clinical Affairs in the College and she currently acts as a resource person on academic advising in the College. Dr. Nadia has organized and conducted several faculty development courses and workshops and has several peer-reviewed abstracts and papers in Biochemistry and Medical Education.

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Raja C. Bandaranayake

Professor Bandaranayake was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anatomy in the College of Medicine and Medical Sciences in the Arabian Gulf University from 1996 to 2003. See more.

Prior to that, from 1976 to 2003, he was Associate Professor and Director of Academic Programs in the School of Medical Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and Senior Lecturer in Anatomy in the Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka from 1967 to 1976.

Having graduated in Medicine from the University of Ceylon in 1959, he obtained a PhD in Neuroanatomy from the University of London in 1967, and a Masters degree in Medical Education from the University of Southern California in 1973. In 1991, he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, in recognition of his contributions to its educational activities.
He is a consultant of international repute, having undertaken over one hundred assignments in 28 countries for international and national bodies such as the World Health Organisation, World Bank, World Federation for Medical Education, and ministries of health and educational institutions. He has served on many expert committees in the field of Medical Education, recently on the World Federation for Medical Education Task Force to determine international standards in Medical Education, and on the Institute for International Medical Education (China Medical Board of New York) Core Committee to develop Global Minimal Essential Requirements in Medical Education. His particular areas of expertise are: curriculum, student assessment and programme evaluation and establishing centers of Medical Education.

A former President of the Australasian and New Zealand Association for Medical Education, he has served as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Examiners, Chairman of the Examinations Committee and Chairman of the Anatomy Sub-committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and as Technical Advisor and Member of the Board of Examiners of the Australian Medical Council. In recognition of his services to medical education in developing countries, he was awarded the Fred Katz Memorial Medal by the Australasian and New Zealand Association for Medical Education in 1991.
He is now retired and lives in Sydney, Australia, but continues to undertake short term consultancies in Medical Education and is a Visiting Professor in the Gulf Medical University in Ajman, United Arab Emirates.

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Reginald P. Sequiera

Dr. Reginald P. Sequeira is the Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the College of Medicine & Medical Sciences, Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain. See more.

He obtained a Ph.D. from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh. He was a Fogarty International Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, USA. He had training in teaching Clinical Pharmacology at WHO Centre, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. In 2002, Dr. Sequeira was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.

Prof. Sequeira’s research interests are diverse and include basic and clinical pharmacology, pharmacoepidemiology, and medical education. He has published research and review papers in international peer reviewed journals, and an invited contributor to Side Effects of Drug Annual series. He is member of several international professional societies, and reviewer for several leading journals in clinical pharmacology, health policy, and medical education, and Associate Editor, BMC Family Practice. He has served as a World Health Organization short-term consultant on rational drug use, and as Cochrane Database reviewer.

Prof. Sequeira joined Arabian Gulf University in 1986, almost at inception of the medical school. He has served on several key committees of the college and university, as chair or member. He is an adjunct faculty for the graduate program in health professions education, and is a member of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Educational Development. He has supervised and examined graduate theses in pharmacology, biotechnology, medical education, and health management, and conducted workshops in various aspects of medical education. He has been an invited speaker at international meetings, visiting faculty, recipient of awards and other international recognitions.

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Salah E. Kassab

Prof. Kassab is currently working as a Professor of Physiology and Chairman of Medical Education Department at the Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University in Egypt. See more.

After receiving his medical degree in Egypt (1984), he started his career as a paediatrician and two years later, he switched to an academic career in Physiology. After receiving a Master degree in Physiology (1990), he went to the US and enrolled in training for PhD degree in Physiology at the University of Mississippi, USA in 1992. Following his PhD, he worked as a Post-doctoral fellow and then an instructor at the Department of Physiology, University of Mississippi Medical Centre till 1998. His main areas of research interest are obesity-induced hypertension, preeclampsia, homocysteine and endothelium-derived factors. He worked as a Professor of Physiology and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Medicine & Medical Sciences (CMMS), Arabian Gulf University (AGU) in Bahrain from 1999-2009 and from 2010-2013, and also as Professor of Physiology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)-Medical University of Bahrain (MUB) from 2009-2010.

Prof. Kassab holds a Master degree in Health Professions Education (MHPE) from a joint program between Maastricht University and Suez Canal University. He has many international activities being currently on the Executive Committee Board of the Association of Medical Education in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (AMEEMR), a WFME-affiliated organization and also served as a WHO consultant in Medical Education and accreditation in the EMRO region. He conducted several workshops on different areas of Medical Education in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and Jordan. He has published over forty articles in international peer-reviewed Journals in Medical Physiology and Medical Education.

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Teresa Pawlikowska

Professor Teresa Pawlikowska has a diverse background in medical education. She was head of the International Unit at University College London which was responsible for the roll out of health professions See more.

education programmes in countries as diverse as Lithuania, Japan and Albania for the EU and World Bank.  She then moved to Warwick University and was involved curriculum development together with setting up and overseeing a three-fold expansion of medical education in the community in what is England’s largest post-graduate entry medical school. She has a degree in pharmacology and trained initially as an oncologist and then as a family doctor, and continues to practice part-time. Her teaching and research interest is in how students learn and the quality of medical consultation and practice.

Teresa joined RCSI in July 2013 as Professor of Health Professions Education Centre (HPEC).  She will lead RCSI’s new Health Professions Education Centre (HPEC) within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and support RCSI schools in fostering innovation in curriculum design, implementation, and renewal in adopting the latest pedagogical techniques.

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Thomas Hanslik

Dr. Thomas Hanslik is a Professor of Internal Medicine in Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University (UVSQ), France. See more.

He is an attending physician at AmbroiseParé hospital, a teaching hospital within the Assistance Publique–Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) public hospital system.

He is responsible for the educational commission of the UVSQ medical school. His areas of interests include teaching of basic clinical skills and clinical reasoning.

He obtained a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Pierre-et-Marie-Curie University in Paris. He is the head of Sentinelles surveillance network, an information system based on a computer network of general practitioners in France which collects real-time epidemiological data, to be used for surveillance and research purposes (www.sentiweb.fr).

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Tony Macknight

Emeritus Professor Tony Macknight (MD, PhD, FRSNZ) was Wolf Harris Professor of Physiology at the University of Otago from 1984 to 2002. Throughout his time at the University, See more.

he was actively involved in a number of medical education initiatives. He chaired the Medical Faculty Curriculum Committee for a number of years. During this time case-based teaching was developed and implemented.

He chaired the Organising and International Scientific Program Committees for the 34th International Congress of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) in 2001, and was on the Council of the IUPS 2001 – 2009. He is presently a member of the IUPS Education Committee.

In 1984, he initiated the development of the computer-based data acquisition system marketed internationally by ADInstruments as the PowerLab system. He now works as a Consultant for ADInstruments with a particular interest in developing medical education material for LabTutor, an active on-line learning platform.

His research areas were cell volume regulation and epithelial transport. He authored over 100 original research articles, reviews and book chapters.

Since 2002 he has acted as a Consultant to ADInstruments and also serves on a number of the grant reviewing committees of the Health Research Council of NZ.

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Tyrone Donnon

Dr. Tyrone Donnon is an Associate Professor in the Office of Health Medical Education Scholarship with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. See more.

His research includes medical education, learning theory and quantitative research methods as it pertains to measurement and evaluation in post-secondary education. In addition, he has a range of experience in curriculum development, instructional methods, psychometrics, questionnaire development, and program assessment and evaluation. Current research interests and activities have focus on the predictive validity of medical school admission criteria, assessment in preclinical and clinical medical education, use of simulation to measure clinical and performance competencies, inter professional patient-centered education, and the development of psychometric measures of students’ approaches to learning, non-cognitive attributes and resiliency factors.. Dr. Donnon has published more than 60 scientific and technical articles and reports in journals such as the Academic Medicine, Canadian Journal of Surgery, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of Surgical Education, Medical Education, Medical Teacher, Simulation in Healthcare, and Surgical Endoscopy. Dr. Donnon is a co-founding Associate/Managing Editor of the Canadian Medical Education Journal.

In 2002, he has worked extensively with the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the establishment of curriculum objectives, faculty and student support systems across courses, clerkships rotations and residency programs using LCME and RCPSC competency frameworks.  Since 1996, however, he has been involved similarly in the design, development, implementation and ongoing evaluation of face-to-face and online (distributed e-learning in both asynchronous and synchronous formats) with, Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate and recently the MSc/PhD Medical Education graduate programs in Canada, an MPH program at the Bugando Medical Centre in Tanzania, and provide faculty development to an Asian Medical School Partnership with Loas, Nepal, and the Philippines.

He has designed and currently delivers two of the four core course requirements in a Medical Education specialization program (Instructional/Teaching Methods and Measurement in Medical Education) and a variety of option courses in our graduate program (Meta-Analysis/Systematic Reviews, Simulation, and Multivariate/Generalizability Analysis in Medical Education).As a primary supervisor, he has graduated 4 PhD/10 MSc students and is currently supervising 2 PhD/2 MSc students.  He has also been on the supervisory committees of 7 PhD/4 MSc completed students, and currently on committees for 6 PhD/5 MSc graduate students in a variety of departments and faculties. Some of his recent honors and awards include the 2010Canadian Medical Education Association Meredith Mark’s Educator Award and 2008 Certificate of Merit Award, and 2007 Golden Apple award given by the Medical Science Graduate Students’ Association from the University of Calgary to recognize faculty of medicine members for their superior commitment to teaching, supervision and/or mentoring of graduate students

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Zubair Amin

Zubair Amin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and a Consultant See more.

Neonatologist in National University Hospital. Dr. Amin has Master in Health Profession Education (MHPE) from University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. His interests in medical education are in faculty development, assessment, and international medical education. He is the lead author of three books: Basics in Medical Education, Profiles of Asian Medical Schools: Part 1 Southeast Asia, and a Practical Guide on Student Assessment. He is one of the editors of Medical Education Online and Anatomical Science Educators. He has conducted faculty development programme in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Iran, Jordan, Japan, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, and Italy.

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