RCSI Lead – Medicine

Malaysia (MY), Kuala Lumpur
20 Dec 2018
27 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time

Job Title: RCSI Lead – Medicine
Location: Perdana University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reporting to: Dean, Perdana University-RCSI School of Medicine, with responsibility to the Professor/Head of Department of Medicine in RCSI Dublin
Term of office: Whole time/3 year appointment, with potential for renewal
Closing date for applications: 27th January 2019 at 11:30pm 

The full job description for this position is on the RCSI careers page: by clicking the apply button.

The PU-RCSI Lead in Medicine will lead and participate in the development, direction, teaching, facilitation and examining of the undergraduate Medical teaching programmes at Perdana University – RCSI (“PU-RCSI”) in the area of Medicine. 

The Position 
The role holder will deliver the RCSI curriculum in the diverse, multi-cultural environment of Kuala Lumpur and will 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 degrees across its campuses in Ireland, Bahrain and Malaysia. The PU-RCSI Lead in Medicine is responsible for delivering this same course and assessments, and for contribution to the continual renewal of this common programme. The appointee may be required to teach at other PU-RCSI campuses and locations, within Malaysia and internationally.

For this position, RCSI is seeking a professional who is;

  • Passionate about teaching and learning
  • Interested in experiencing working as an academic in a fast paced international environment
  • A great communicator with the ability to build strong relationships 
  • Motivated by student development in a culturally diverse setting
  • Demonstrates initiative, openness and resilience in challenging but rewarding situations
  • Keen to explore possibilities for research and extending clinical partnerships in the region.

The RCSI Lead in Medicine will be responsible for adapting and delivering the RCSI curriculum to meet the needs of delivering the undergraduate medical curriculum in Malaysia. This curriculum will draw on and apply the best of international and national medicine and allied healthcare education using a wide variety of teaching methods.

The PU-RCSI Lead in Medicine will have a strategic role and will collaborate with other Discipline Leads and Cycle Directors in the development and delivery of the Intermediate (IC) and Senior Cycles (SC). The majority of the teaching will be delivered in SC years 1 and 2.

The Lead positions at PU-RCSI are full-time academic posts. For clinical disciplines, most Leads have focussed their professional duties on the academic dimensions of teaching, assessment and developing strong clinical relationships. 

RCSI in Dublin is the headquarter campus; Bahrain and Kuala Lumpur deliver the curriculum that is developed in Dublin. This offers the students an internationally recognised qualification from an already well established medical college with the highly respected global brand of RCSI, through a programme wholly delivered in Malaysia.

Specific Duties, Responsibilities and Accountabilities include:

  • Contributing to the development, facilitation and delivery of the undergraduate medical school teaching programme in Medicine. 
  • Organising programmes of instruction, including lectures, tutorials, practical activities and assessment in Medicine for undergraduate students at PU-RCSI. 
  • Liaising closely with the Dean and relevant staff at PU-RCSI regarding curriculum development, teaching programmes and examinations. 
  • Liaising with the Professor/Head of Department of Medicine and staff at RCSI Dublin regarding curriculum, examinations and research matters, as appropriate. 
  • Coordinate and execute delivery of Medicine lectures, seminars, tutorials and all other teaching activities.
  • Assist the Dean in assessing and monitoring the suitability for delivery of the curriculum of the Teaching Hospitals assigned to Perdana University by the Ministry for Health in Malaysia.
  • Assist the Dean in the appointment of appropriately qualified locally recruited faculty in Perdana University Hospitals to facilitate delivery of the teaching programme.
  • Assist the Dean in developing high quality student clinical attachments and rotations in Perdana University Teaching Hospitals.
  • Contributing to the examination and assessments of RCSI and PU-RCSI, including question writing, standard setting and the grading of examinations, papers and projects.
  •  As appropriate, developing new courses and curricula required meeting ever-changing needs in education with the university and community.
  • Evaluating and assessing student achievement in formal courses.

General Duties, Responsibilities and Accountabilities include:

  • Implementing policies and decisions as determined by the Dean at PU-RCSI, Dean at RCSI Dublin 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 Mentor 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. 

Person Specification:
Essential Criteria:

  • Possession of the Fellowship qualification of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (FRCPI) or equivalent.
  • A proven track record of ability to teach Medicine at appropriate undergraduate and/ or postgraduate level. 
  • An up to date understanding of trends in undergraduate Medical Education. 
  • Excellent teaching skills with a minimum of 5 years’ experience and evidence of a strong track record in undergraduate teaching, assessment, course management and curriculum development.
  • Credible managerial and leadership qualities with the ability to:

o    Communicate, motivate and delegate
o    Identify and cultivate talent
o    Inspire action form others
o    Lead effective teams

  • A research track record, commensurate with experience. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • A team player willing to show flexibility in relation to working commitments. 
  • Experience in dealing with the challenges of delivering undergraduate education in a diverse multi-cultural environment. 
  • A strong interest in working in an overseas multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent spoken and written English. 

Desirable Criteria: 

  • A publication record in impact factor-rated journals commensurate with experience.
  • A strong track record in securing research grants
  • Experience in curriculum development in Medicine or in relevant sub-specialty
  • A formal medical educational qualification
  • A track record in supervising postgraduate students at Doctorate and/or Masters level

Skills and Competencies:

  • Sensitivity to the cultural challenges of working in a diverse multi-cultural environment.
  • Highly developed, credible managerial and leadership qualities.
  • Strong commitment to continuous personal and professional development.
  • Effective communication style appropriate to location, audience and situation.
  • Ability to act decisively and meet deadlines.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work irregular hours when required.

Note: The RCSI appointee will be the Lead in Medicine and the appointment will be made at an appropriate academic 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.

Application procedure:

Applications must be made through the RCSI careers website. Please visit www.rcsi.ie/careers select ‘Current vacancies’ and search for ‘Academic’ competition type. 

Formal and informal queries regarding the application process are invited through Maggie Walshe, RCSI Recruitment Specialist, on Tel: +353 (0)1 402 2287 or Email: maggiewalshe@rcsi.ie
Formal & Informal Queries on the role and Kuala Lumpur:
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