Biography of Noor Othman
Noor is Professor Dr. Nor Hayati Othman. She obtained her medical degree, MBBS, from University of Malaya in 1981 and Master of Pathology from University of Malaya in 1987. She is an antomic pathologist and had undergone various sub-specialty pathology trainings; Neuropathology from University of Western Australia in 1989; Dermatolopathology from University of Sydney in 1994, Molecular Pathology from University of Toronto in 1999 and University of Cape Town in 2002. She is currently the Dean [Clinical Science Research] for Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and a senior consultant pathologist to Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia. She is also the chairperson of Pathology Post-graduate Education in her University.
She teaches Pathology to undergraduate and postgraduate students at Universiti Sains Malaysia since 1987. She was awarded exemplary lecturer award for 2 consecutive years; 2003 and 2004 and also bestowed Excellence in Service awards by the University twice in 1994 and 2004. In 2008 she was the recipient of Tokoh Citra Ilmu, an award given annually to academician of high standing by the alumni of the Medical School.
Her research interests are in thyroid and gynae pathology especially on cervical cancer. She has more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, presented close to 200 papers at national and international scientific conferences, more than 50 past and current research projects as main or co-investigator. Together with electronic and electric engineers from the USM engineering campus, she invented NeuralPap [diagnostic software to diagnose cervical cancer], DataPap [management system for cervical cancer] and Neuralmammo [diagnostic software to diagnose breast cancer]. These 3 inventions won several awards at national and international invention competitions.
She also has a keen interest in medical education and did training in PBL curriculum at University of New Mexico in 1995 upon which she is the main facilitator for PBL tutor training workshops in USM. In 2002 she did training in standardized patient program from 3 Universities in Texas; University of Texas Houston [UTH], University of Texas, Galveston [UTMB] and Baylor College of Medicine [BCM]. Both visits to United States were sponsored by ECFMG. Her name was cited as the first recipient of ECFMG fellowship from Malaysia in 1995.
She is a life member of Malaysian Medical Association since 1982, a Council member for this Association from 1992-1996, Council member for College of Pathologist, Academy of Medicine Malaysia from 2000-2006, a member of the Editorial Board of Medical Journal of Malaysia from 2006-08 and currently sits on the editorial board of U.S. Chinese journal of Lymphology and Oncology [2009 - 2012]. She is a member of a few international and national academic bodies; International Academy of Cytology [MIAC], International Cancer Screening Network [ICSN], International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists [INWES] and a Fellow of Academy of Medicine Malaysia [FAMM]. She sits as an advisory board member of Bangladesh Sports Council since 2005. In younger days she was active in sports, playing hockey, netball and table tennis for her schools and Universities. In her spare time she writes poetry and plays keyboard for relaxation.
Noor Othman's Works:
Garden of Wisdom, Beauty and Love
- Yes, we are women: full of love, full of...
- My First Try
- senseless world
- Internship hardship friendship
- Jubilation and tribulation - ration the ...
- Honey bees o honey bees…
- Age - a number to cumber
- Students and teachers - attitude, gratit...
- Genetic jargon - garden of expression
- Molecular medicine made easy in poetry
- The mind reminds to unwind
- Play and sway - stress at bay
- MOUs and Treaties - say cheese to freeze
- The pioneer - grandeur and rancor
PBL- one good deal
With many facts and theories we are faced
The best kind of learning is problem-based
It cannot be done if teachers are in haste
Students are allowed to study in good pace
This approach is easier and much more real
Subjects are mixed up in one good deal
From basic theory till how to heal
The knowledge is learnt in one good seal