RCSI Lead – Paediatrics

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (MY)
15 May 2017
12 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time

Location: Perdana University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reporting to: Dean, Perdana University-RCSI School of Medicine, with dotted line in to Professor/Head of Department of Paediatrics in RCSI Dublin
Term of office: Whole time/3 year appointment, with option for renewal

1.1    Objective
The principal objective of the post is to lead and participate in the development, direction, teaching, facilitation and examining of the undergraduate Medical teaching programmes of Perdana University in Paediatrics (“Discipline area”). The appointee may be required to teach at other RCSI campuses and locations, within Malaysia and internationally.

1.2 The Position
RCSI invites applications for the position of Lead in Paediatrics to work on the RCSI-PU Undergraduate Medical Programme. The position will be affiliated with the Department of Paediatrics in RCSI Dublin. The role holder will deliver the RCSI curriculum in the multi-cultural environment of Kuala Lumpur and liaise with RCSI Dublin on curriculum delivery, examinations and research matters, ensuring academic quality and consistency across the RCSI campuses. 

RCSI delivers the same medical degree programme and academic degree across its campuses in Ireland, Bahrain and Malaysia. The RCSI Lead in Perdana University is responsible to deliver this same course and assessment and to contribute to the continual renewal of this common programme.

RCSI is seeking a professional who is passionate about teaching, would like to experience working as an academic in an international environment, who demonstrates initiative, openness, resilience and who is keen to explore possibilities for research and extending clinical partnerships in the region.
The Lead positions at PU-RCSI are academic posts. For clinical disciplines, most clinical leads have focussed their professional duties on the academic dimensions (teaching, assessment, developing clinical relationships, research) however, there may be some flexibility to pursue a partial clinical role, if the successful candidate was interested in doing so. Opportunities may also arise for engaging in research studies; liaising with RCSI Dublin or continuing research studies already in progress. 

RCSI in Dublin is the main campus; Bahrain and Kuala Lumpur deliver the curriculum that is developed in Dublin. This offers the students an international degree from an already well established medical college with a highly respected global brand (RCSI).

The RCSI appointee will be the Lead in the Discipline area and the appointment will be made at an appropriate level as determined by the requirements of RCSI and Perdana University RCSI curriculum delivery and the academic experience, qualifications and research track record of the successful applicant. Where the Lead is an academic member of staff at RCSI, their existing academic status will be maintained.

This Job Description may be subject to change to reflect the evolving requirements of the Department and RCSI in developing healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide.

RCSI is an equal opportunities employer
Similar vacancies that arise in the next 6 months may be filled from the pool of applicants that apply for this position.

1.3.  RCSI-PU Programme Overview
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), through its partnership with Perdana University (PU), Kuala Lumpur, licenses and delivers its five year Undergraduate Medical Programme, as part of the Academic Medical Centre for Excellence. The programme is accredited by the Irish Medical Council, the Malaysian Medical Council, and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency. 

The programme has 300 students, of which the first full-cycle cohort graduated in September 2016 with degrees awarded by RCSI and the National University of Ireland. The curriculum is delivered largely by a team of RCSI specialist academic leads, who liaise with RCSI Dublin on a range of academic topics. Malaysia offers an exciting location to work and live as a modern, culturally diverse, dynamic country, with a myriad of possibilities for onward travel.

Additional information on RCSI Perdana University, the RCSI-PU programme and an overview of living in Malaysia can be found at sections 2.0 onwards.

1.4.  Specific Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Contributing to the development, facilitation and delivery of the undergraduate medical school teaching programme in the discipline area. 
  • Organising programmes of instruction, including lectures, tutorials, practical activities and assessment in a discipline area for undergraduate students at Perdana University 
  • Liaising closely with the Dean and relevant staff at Perdana University PU-RCSI regarding curriculum development, teaching programmes and examinations. 
  • Liaising with the Professor / Head of Department and staff at RCSI Dublin regarding curriculum, examinations and research matters, as appropriate. 
  • Evaluating and assessing student achievement in formal courses.
  • Implementing policies and decisions as determined by the Dean at PU-RCSI and the Perdana University RCSI Medical Faculty Board.
  • Advising and mentoring undergraduate students and providing advocacy as appropriate 
  • Maintaining records to monitor student progress, achievement and attendance 
  • Supporting students by participating in the Personal Tutor system 
  • Promoting innovative education technologies as appropriate to support the course content.
  • As appropriate, pursuing independent research or research collaborations relevant to the undergraduate medical school in PU-RCSI
  • Preparing subject content for e-learning purposes as requested 
  • Ensuring course curricula and materials are kept up-to-date 
  • Undertaking overseas assignments as may be required 
  • Complying with Malaysian statutory legislation and implementing Perdana University rules and requirements in furtherance of your own and general staff welfare and safety 
  • Undergoing programmes of training and development as may be required from time to time 
  • Representing the best interests of PU-RCSI at all times 
  • Performing such other related duties as may be requested 

1.5.    Person Specification:
The successful candidate will possess/demonstrate the following: 

  • Possession of the MRCPCH or MRCPI Paediatrics or equivalent 
  • Registration as a specialist in the Specialist Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council in Ireland or equivalent registration in the specialty of Paediatrics
  • Excellent teaching skills with a minimum of five years teaching and course management experience
  • A proven record in undergraduate teaching, assessment and curriculum development 
  • An up to date understanding of trends in undergraduate Medical Education 

Credible managerial and leadership qualities with the ability to:

  • Communicate, motivate and delegate
  • Identify and cultivate talent
  • Inspire action form others
  • Lead effective teams
  • A research track record, commensurate with experience 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Evidence of leadership and management skills 
  • A team player willing to show flexibility in relation to working commitments 
  • Excellent spoken and written English 
  • Sensitivity to the cultural challenges involved in delivering undergraduate education in a diverse multi-cultural environment 
  • A strong interest in working in an overseas multi-cultural environment

1.6.    Application Procedure 
Applications for this post must be made through the RCSI careers website. Please visit www.rcsi.ie/careers and search for ‘Academic’ competition type.

1.7.  Formal & Informal Queries
For queries relating to the application process, please contact Maggie Walshe in the RCSI Human Resources department on +353 1 402 2287, or by clicking the apply button. 

Informal enquiries about the RCSI Perdana University programme can be made through Ms. Julie Creedon, PU-RCSI Programme Manager on +353 1 402 8587 or email juliecreedon@rcsi.ie

Ms Creedon can arrange for relevant queries on the academic aspects of the role to be addressed by: Prof. Alf Nicholson, Head of Department of Paediatrics, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Consultant Paediatrician in the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin, Ireland. Prof Nicholson is also Co-Dean of RCPI Basic Specialist Training in Paediatrics and National Clinical Lead for Paediatrics for the National Clinical Programme in Ireland