Foong Chan Choong is associate professor at the Medical Education and Research Development Unit (MERDU), Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya. He graduated with a First-Class Honours bachelor’s degree in science with Education, Universiti Malaya, and at the same institution, he obtained his PhD in the field of science education. He is also a Fellow of the (Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research) FAIMER PSG Regional Institute, India.
He started his academic career at MERDU in 2013, by involving in developing the University’s new undergraduate medical curriculum. Now, he manages the programme evaluation, and becomes the Personal and Professional Development theme coordinator. When the undergraduate medical curriculum was established, he started a new curriculum development project. In 2016, he led the development of the Master of Medical Education. The Master of Medical Education commenced in 2018, and he has become the founding programme coordinator until present. He is also teaching educational psychology, instructional design and research methdology for the Master programme.
Foong Chan Choong is also a physics educationist. He enjoys interacting with school students and teacher trainees. He is teaching for the Postgraduate Diploma of Education at the Faculty of Education.
His expertise and understanding of the development, implementation and improvement of academic programmes have made him being appointed as the Programme Quality Assurance Expert (ProQAE) at the Universiti Malaya. In addition, his innovations in education have won recognitions/medals at the University, national and international levels.
In 2019, an adventure into engineering education research has made his research investigations become multidisciplinary across the medical, engineering and physics education. Now, his research interests include application of learning theories into practice, self- and peer-assessment, programme evaluation, and student underperformance. He is also associate editor for Annals of Medicine (Medical Education section) and serves as editorial board member for international journals.
To give back to society, Foong Chan Choong has been engaged in school activities. He is the coach for debate team at his alma mater, which is a secondary school at Perak state. The school has won recognitions at the state, national and international levels.