Dr. Foong Chan Choong, an Associate Professor at the Medical Education and Research Development Unit (MERDU) of the Faculty of Medicine at Universiti Malaya, is an educator and researcher in the field of health professions education. He has been conferred the honor of Fellow of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) PSG Regional Institute, India, and holds a first-class honors bachelor's degree in Science with Education from Universiti Malaya, where he also obtained his PhD in Education.
Dr. Foong joined MERDU in 2013 and played a crucial role in the development of the university's new undergraduate medical curriculum. He initiated a new curriculum development project at the post-graduate level and in 2016, he developed the Master of Medical Education, which commenced in 2018 and he has been serving as the founding program coordinator until now. He is also responsible for teaching educational psychology, instructional design, and research methodology for the master's program.
His proficiency and deep understanding of the development, implementation, and improvement of academic programs have led to his appointment as the Programme Quality Assurance Expert (ProQAE) at Universiti Malaya. In this role, he regularly advises and evaluates accreditation for academic programs as the chairperson of the accreditation panel.
Dr. Foong Chan Choong is an educationist of great accomplishment, who has dedicated his career to teaching and research. With a passion for interacting with students and teacher trainees, he finds great satisfaction and motivation in his work. Currently, he is involved in teaching a Postgraduate Diploma of Education at the Faculty of Education.
In addition to his role in health professions education, Dr. Foong has also ventured into the field of engineering education. He is a lifelong learner, constantly seeking out new knowledge and experiences. His current research is multidisciplinary in nature, spanning the medical and health professions, engineering, physics and music education.
Dr. Foong's research interests are diverse, with many of his publications focusing on educational psychology. He holds several editorial positions, including associate editor for the Annals of Medicine (Medical Education section), executive editor for the Malaysian Journal of Qualitative Research, and editorial board member for several international journals.
In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Foong is also an innovator, with several of his projects receiving recognition at the university, national, and international levels. He is also involved in community service, coaching the debate team at his alma mater, a secondary school in Perak. The school has achieved recognition at the state, national, and international levels.