RCSI Lead – Paediatrics

Malaysia (MY), Kuala Lumpur
06 Jun 2019
04 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time


Job Title: RCSI Lead – Paediatrics

Location: Perdana University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Reporting to: Dean, Perdana University-RCSI School of Medicine, with responsibility for the discipline area to the Professor/Head of Department of Paediatrics in RCSI Dublin

Term of office: Whole time/ 2-year appointment, with potential for renewal

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.

The RCSI Lead in Paediatrics 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 national and international scholarship in Paediatrics and allied healthcare education using a wide variety of teaching methods. The PU-RCSI Lead in Paediatrics will have a strategic role and will collaborate with relevant Discipline Leads in the development and delivery of the School’s programme. The majority of the teaching will be delivered to Year 4 students.

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 with our teaching hospitals.  Paediatrics is currently based at the recently built Women and Children’s Hospital, part of Hospital Tuanka Ja’afar, Seremban.  Clinical hospital practice in Malaysia requires entry onto the National Specialist Register, which can prove difficult for foreign applicants due to linguistic requirements.  Opportunities may arise for engagement in research studies, particularly in medical education; liaising with RCSI Dublin or continuing studies already in progress at PU-RCSI.

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 Paediatrics and related discipline areas
  • Organising programme instruction including induction, lectures, tutorials, practical activities including bedside teaching, and assessment for the School’s undergraduate students across five rotations of the 7-week Year 4 Paediatric clerkship, including remedial teaching and resit assessment.
  • Liaising closely with the Dean, Deputy Dean, Senior Cycle/Year 4 & 5 Director and other relevant PU-RCSI staff regarding curriculum development, teaching programmes and assessment
  • Advising and mentoring undergraduate students and providing advocacy as appropriate, and encouraging students to consider a career in Paediatrics
  • Liaising with the Professor / Head of Department of Paediatrics and staff at RCSI Dublin regarding curriculum, examinations and research matters, as appropriate
  • Coordinate and execute delivery of lectures, seminars, tutorials and all other teaching activities in collaboration with faculty colleagues, clinical adjuncts, guest lecturers and internal and external examiners
  • Ensure that learning materials, including those available on the PU-RCSI Moodle VLE, are updated and properly co-ordinated with the Department of Paediatrics at RCSI Dublin, and are adapted for the local healthcare context as well as the development of new learning materials
  • As appropriate, developing new courses and curricula required to meet ever-changing educational needs with RCSI, Perdana University and the local healthcare community, including the promotion of innovative educational technologies
  • Formulating Quality Improvement Plans in response to student feedback collated by the Quality Enhancement Office at RCSI  Dublin
  • Assist the Dean in the appointment of appropriately qualified locally recruited personnel for PU-RCSI teaching and with local external examinerships
  • Contributing to the examination and assessments of RCSI and PU-RCSI, including question writing, standard setting and the grading of examinations, papers and projects
  • Monitoring and evaluating student attendance and achievement and keeping accurate records to ensure that performance levels are comparable to other RCSI teaching sites
  • As appropriate, pursuing independent research or research collaborations relevant to the undergraduate medical school in PU-RCSI

General Duties, Responsibilities and Accountabilities include:

  • Implementing policies and decisions as determined by the Dean at PU-RCSI, Dean at RCSI Dublin, the Perdana University RCSI Medical Faculty Board and Perdana University Senate
  • Advising and mentoring undergraduate students and providing advocacy as appropriate.
  • As appropriate, pursuing independent research or research collaborations relevant to the undergraduate medical school in PU-RCSI.
  • 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 RCSI, PU-RCSI School of Medicine and Perdana University at all times
  • Contributing to School marketing activities including weekend Open Days, Career Fairs, promotional clinical Bootcamps and School visits as required

Person Specification:

Essential Criteria:

  • Possession of a Medical Degree recognised by the Malaysian Medical Council
  • A specialist clinical qualification in Paediatrics such as the MRCPI or equivalent
  • Eligibility for registration with the Malaysian Medical Council, and where appropriate with the National Specialist Register
  • 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 Paediatric undergraduate teaching, assessment, course management and curriculum development
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A team leader and team player who is willing to show flexibility in relation to working commitments
  • A strong interest in, and experience of, dealing with the challenges of delivering undergraduate education in a diverse multi-cultural environment

Desirable Criteria:

  • Possession of a higher qualification in a relevant discipline
  • A research track record, with publications in impact factor-rated journals and research grants commensurate with experience
  • Experience in curriculum development in Paediatrics or in a relevant sub-specialty
  • A track record in supervising postgraduate students at Doctorate and/or Masters level

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 +353 1 402 2287 or email maggiewalshe@rcsi.ie

1.4.Formal & Informal Queries on the role and Kuala Lumpur:

Specific queries on the role and working and living in Kuala Lumpur can be directed to:

Professor Michael Larvin, Dean of the PU-RCSI School of Medicine: by clicking the apply button.

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