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Royal College International Collaboration Award Recipients

2018 recipients

Dr. Esam Albanyan, MBBS, FAAP
Infectious Diseases Specialist

  • Director, CanMEDS Collaborating Center at the Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs.
  • Consultant and Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, King Abdullah Specialized Children’s Hospital.

“Dr. Albanyan is a world-class clinician-educator who works tirelessly to enhance residency education in the Middle East and elsewhere. He lives the ideals of patient-centred communication, teamwork, health advocacy, professionalism, and lifelong learning.”

Dr. Albanyan is an infectious diseases specialist, award-winning educator, renowned leader in medical education and an active supporter of Canadian and Saudi Arabian medical collaborations.

Dr. Albanyan was an early adopter of CanMEDS in Saudi Arabia and has been actively promoting CanMEDS for over 10 years. While overseeing residency and fellowship programs, Dr. Albanyan worked closely with the Royal College to train clinician educators and together they deliver CanMEDs workshops across the entire Gulf region. They have been recognized for their excellence in teaching.

Dr. Albanyan actively encourages the next generation of clinician educators to incorporate a Royal College approach to medical scholarship in Saudi Arabia. As a Middle East and North Africa region Ambassador for the International Medical Education Leaders Forum, he ensures that medical leaders from across the globe can share information about key issues in medical education.

Dr. Albanyan has been actively working with the Royal College since 2010. He has participated in the planning committee for the Royal College’s flagship annual International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) and was a principal collaborator for two successful SACRE (Saudi Arabia Conference on Medical Education) conferences that united program directors from across Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Albanyan is also an active member of the scientific and accreditation committees of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, which helps to ensure that the CanMEDS competencies and Royal College standards are incorporated in the new residency curricula and accreditation standards.

“This award means so much to me because of how deeply I value the importance of high quality residency education and it exemplifies the importance of international collaborations to the Royal College. Our work together has generated so many positive changes in our region: a paradigm shift in how our regional programs educate residents; productive bidirectional networks; and lasting friendships. Without the Royal College this could not have happened,” Dr. Albanyan.

Dr. Harish J Amin, MBBS (London), MRCP (UK), FRCPC, FAAP
Paediatrician and Neonatologist

  • Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.
  • Pediatric Medical Site Lead, South Health Campus, Calgary.

“Dr. Harish J. Amin is an outstanding educator who has demonstrated leadership and excellence internationally in advancing postgraduate medical education in pediatrics and neonatal training. He is selfless, generous, supportive and a highly valued colleague. He makes a difference.”

Dr. Amin is a highly respected clinician, educator, and researcher who has helped establish standards of excellence in pediatric education in Canada and internationally. Recent work in curricula development led to new competency–based training for the next generation of pediatricians.

A standout achievement is Dr. Amin’s leadership in advancing postgraduate medical education through the Global Pediatric Education Consortium (GPEC) – an international collaboration with goals aligned with the Royal College’s vision for the best in universal health and care. His contributions include development of globally-relevant residency training core competencies and standards that serve as a stimulus for improved pediatric healthcare around the world.

Dr. Amin has also been integral in creating the first Global Pediatric Curriculum. Currently considered the ‘gold standard’, the curriculum has been adopted in over 25 countries and translated into Spanish and Portuguese.

Dr. Amin has been actively involved with the Royal College for over 17 years. He is a founding member of the Royal College Exam Board in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, past Chair of the Specialty Committee in Pediatrics and current Chair of the Specialty Committee in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Dr. Amin is also a member of the Specialty Committee in Pediatrics and Exam Board in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He has been a Royal College accreditation surveyor for the Royal College since 2009.

Dr. Maitham Husain, MD FRCPC
Pediatrician and Clinical immunologist

  • Director, NBK Children’s Hospital, Ministry of Health, Kuwait
  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Immunology, Health Science Center, Kuwait University
  • Head of Accreditation and Quality Affairs Office, Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization

“Dr. Husain is a world class medical educator whose determination, hard work and innovation is leading Kuwait to becoming a world leader in postgraduate medical education. He is an excellent collaborative partner and Royal College ambassador.”

Dr. Husain is a medical educator dedicated to advancing postgraduate medical education, and an International Medical Education Leaders Forum (IMELF) regional ambassador for Kuwait.

Dr. Husain has played a central role in developing and implementing an educational collaboration between Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization (KIMS) and the Royal College to improve residency programs and training. The collaboration focuses on three critical medical education areas: accreditation, faculty development and examination.

Dr. Husain efforts have resulted in CanMEDS-based competencies being integrated into postgraduate training programs and standardized trainer/trainee evaluations at KIMS. Under his guidance, these efforts aimed to improve patient care and earned KIMS the coveted Royal College Institutional Accreditation in 2017.

Dr. Husain is also championing KIMS to work towards achieving Royal College accreditation that will culminate in KIMS programs being recognized as equivalent to Canadian programs, which will make graduates eligible for Royal College examination and certification.

In addition to his contributions in medical education, Dr. Husain is a leader in establishing pediatric stem cell therapy and improving pediatric care in Kuwait. A key achievement is leading the first pediatric national cancer and stem cell transplant at NBK Children's Hospital.

Dr. Husain is also committed advocate for patient safety. As a surveyor in the National Accreditation Program for Quality in Healthcare, he promotes quality and patient safety culture among healthcare workers.

“Through excellence in medical education, leading clinical care and promoting quality in healthcare, I strive to inspire young leaders and physician to better society’s health,” says Dr. Husain.

Dr. Haichao Li, MD

  • Vice President, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Peking University First Hospital.
  • Consultant Physician, Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Peking University First Hospital.

“Dr. Li is visionary, flexible, adaptable and open minded. He values the act of collaboration and understands the complexities of doing so. He is the foremost pioneer in post-graduate training in China and a true innovator.”

Dr. Li is a clinician, researcher and educator and deeply committed to improving medical undergraduate and residency programs. He has worked in partnership with the Royal College for many years.

Dr. Li introduced CanMEDS in China in 2012 and since then has helped to revolutionize medical teaching and training models. His work resulted in Peking University First Hospital (PUFH) integrating CanMEDS best practices and competency-based medical education into all residency programs and training. Likewise, he influenced Peking University Health Science Center to adopt CanMEDS into its curricula of internship stage in PUFH.

Well known for his innovation and creativity, Dr. Li founded a resident clinical skills and knowledge tournament in Beijing that functions as a national platform for increasing medical education literacy. In 2014, in cooperation with the Royal College, Dr. Li organized the first medical education conference in China – the China Conference on Residency Education (CCRE). It has become an annual event contributing greatly to standardizing residency education in China.

In August 2015, the Royal College accredited the First Hospital and the Peking University Health Science Center. Leading and motivating his colleagues to prepare for the successful completion of this international process, Dr. Li was central to this success. This was the second hospital in the world to meet these international standards.