Dr. Shazia Iqbal graduated from Fatima Jinnah Medical University Lahore Pakistan in 2003 and gained a Fellowship degree in Obstetrics and gynecology from the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) in 2010.
I am a passionate medical educator and started my journey in medical education in 2013. I completed my master's degree in medical education with merit from the University of Liverpool UK in 2015. Currently, I am working as Assistant Professor and Director of Medical Education unit, at Alfarabi College of Medicine Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I am keenly involved to recognize gaps in medical education with a special interest in pedagogical techniques and technology-enhanced learning. I assist in the development and review of out-come based integrated/SPICES model curriculum at medical institutions.
I have a special interest to enhance interactive learning and promote innovative educational technologies. Additionally, I am actively involved in faculty training and supervising research projects with medical graduates in the area of career development. I believe that Medical education is challenging, not because the factual knowledge is hard, but more because of other aspects of it that continuously push the borders of one’s comfort zone. One of the best parts of my job is seeing the difference between the young people coming along for their interview for medical school admission and the confidence among the medical graduates once they start their career after graduation. There is a huge transformation in the medical students over the six years MBBS program.
I associated with AMEE in 2016 and developed an interest to attend webinars regularly. I used to read blogs and newsletters regularly with promoted my interest to join the association as a member. I started reading articles published in Meded Publish and Medical teacher. Attending AMEE virtual conference 2020 helped me to identify improvements in traditional approaches and supporting innovation in curriculum planning, teaching and learning, assessment, and education management. Attending AMEE webinars and conferences provided me an opportunity to share information through networking and online activities.
My role at the institution has many challenges but the most challenging task is to ensure the implementation of the curriculum and embedding professionalism within the curriculum. AMEE Guides and 12 tips articles assisted me to overcome these challenges. These guides cover topical issues in medical and healthcare professions education and provide information, practical advice, and support medical educators to optimize the curriculum implementation.
My brief meeting with Prof Harden in Singapore is the most memorable moment. I had an opportunity to listen to his inspirational talk and Diffendoofer's poem. It inspired me to extent that I pulled up my socks to create an enthusiastic learning environment at my institution. I dreamed, decided, and did my best to optimize the engaging, attractive, and enthusiastic learning environment. I trust that the learning environment interferes with the learning process, therefore, creating a positive atmosphere by motivating the learners can enhance the learning process.
Certainly, I shall continue my association and cultivate deep relations with AMEE members to enhance my career in medical education. I still remember the striking words of my dad (quote of Nelson Mandela) during childhood that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Now I realized the true meaning of this quote that the continue education is the first step for people to gain the knowledge, critical thinking, empowerment, and skills they need to make this world a better place.
Thanks to Prof Harden and his great team for providing me guidance and assistance through developing AMEE. I feel honored to be an associate fellow of AMEE and looking forward to achieve Fellowship AMEE status through my continuous effort and publications in medical education.’
Dr. Shazia Iqbal