Professor Samy A. Azer
Professor of Medical Education
College of Medicine
King Saud University
Samy A. Azer, MB, BCh, MSc, MEd (NSW), PhD (Syd), FACG, MPH (NSW) is an Australian and International Leader in Medical Education and Problem-Based Learning. He is currently Professor of Medical Education and the Head of Curriculum Development Unit at College of Medicine, King Saud University. He was Professor of Medical Education and Chair of Medical Education Research and Development Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. Formerly he was Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney. He is a Visiting Professor of Medical Education, School of Medicine, the University of Toyama, Japan. He is consultant Professor to the Victorian Postgraduate Medical Foundation (VMPF), Australia, since 2005-current. Over the last eleven years he has trained over 1500 educators in his workshops, such as: “Becoming a PBL Tutor”, “Challenges Facing PBL tutors” and “constructing PBL Cases and Tutor Guides”, “Constructing Single-Best Answer Questions and Problem-Based Questions”. Participants in his workshops were from a wide range of back grounds including Medicine, Basic Sciences, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Dentistry, Speech Pathology, Engineering, Business, Administration, Education, Law, Forensic Examination, Veterinary Medicine, and Pharmacy. His trainee were from medical programs at the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, Monash University, Deakin University, Australia; the University of Toyama, Japan; Koashung Medical University, Taiwan; Universiti Teknologi MARA, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Malaysia.
He has played a significant role in the development of the PBL medical curriculum at the University of Sydney (in 1997 and 1998) and the new integrated PBL curriculum and new assessment at the University of Melbourne (from 1999 to 2006), He has also contributed to the development of the Medical Education Unit at the University of Toyama, Japan (2006-2007), and the revision of the medical curriculum and the development of integrated medical curriculum at the Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia as well as other universities.
He has authored two textbooks on Medical Education- “Core Clinical Cases in Basic Biomedical Sciences, published by Hodder-Arnold, UK, 2006” and “Navigating Problem-Based Learning, published by Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2008”. He also created an interactive integrated CD-ROM entitled “THE LIVER”, published by the University of Melbourne in 2005. This CD-ROM has been widely used in medical undergraduate courses worldwide. He has authored two categories (Internal Medicine, and Gastroenterology) in Mosby’s Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Dictionary (Australian Version), published by Elsevier Australia in 2005. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Kumar and Clark Clinical Medicine, Elsevier, since 2006 to current. He is the a reviewer of BMJ, Medical Teacher, Medical Education, Clinical Anatomy, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and over 12 other international scientific journals.
Professor Azer is one of the Associate Editors of BMC Medical Education, UK, and on the Editorial Board of MedEdWorld, UK.