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Dr Sateesh Arja summarises his time as a medical student and how it inspired him to pursue teaching, aiming to have the same impact that his teachers had on him, and the Fellowships and courses he has undertaken in order to achieve this, including the AMEE Associate Fellowship.

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I am Dr Sateesh Babu Arja, working at Avalon University School of Medicine, Curacao. I am a medical graduate from Guntur Medical College, India. I graduated with the Master of Sciences in Public Health. The lessons I have learned inspired me to take on a teaching position at a Caribbean Medical School. I came to the Caribbean hoping to instil in students, as others have done before me, the knowledge of medicine, the pathology of disease, and a genuine love for the science of healing. I am working as Faculty of Medicine for thirteen years. Education in all aspects goes far beyond the classroom and the chalkboard, and education carries over to our patients.

I am holding a key educational leadership role at Avalon University School of Medicine as an Executive Dean. As the Dean, I am leading the development of the curriculum and educational program. By driving the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) committee and self-study committee, I play a major role in strategic planning, quality assurance, and quality control activities of the university. I am involved in faculty recruitment, promotion, tenure, evaluation, and development. I am involved in the coordination of basic sciences and clinical sciences.

I received the senior fellowship from Higher Education Academy, the UK. I received a fellowship from the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME), UK. I also received the associate fellowship from the International Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE). I am an active member and fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. I am also an active member of the International Association of Medical Sciences Educators (IAMSE) and a member of the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME).

I did Essential skills in medical education course conducted by AMEE in the year 2015 to update my teaching skills as a teacher and also to enhance my role as a teacher. It helped me to change my perception as a teacher and broaden my knowledge and skills as a teacher including teaching methods, assessment methods, and curriculum development. My passion for education, especially in medical education, motivated me to join in Masters in Health Professions Education. I finished the post-graduation diploma in Health Professions Education by FAIMER, Center for Medical Education in the Context, and Keele University, UK and expecting to be graduated with Masters in the year 2019. As I am interested in medical education and would like to continuously engage in medical education, I joined AMEE and applied for the associate fellowship.

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