Inaugural Lecture

Training The Modern Surgeon:
Lesson Learnt From Professional Athletics

Professor Dato’ Dr Yang Faridah Abdul Aziz

The Inaugural Lecture is an avenue for professors to share their knowledge and thoughts in their respective fields of expertise with their colleagues, students and the public. It also marks the culmination of the lifework and milestones of a lecturer’s journey in academia.  On the 13th of November 2020, the Faculty of Medicine conducted the first full online delivery of an inaugural lecture by Professor Dato’ Dr. Yang Faridah Abdul Aziz, titled ‘Seeking the Hidden Heart. The change in the style of conduct of this ceremonious event was due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the rising number of cases within the Klang Valley. While a less exuberant affair, the pomp and circumstance of the inaugural lecture was maintained with strict standard operating procedures.

The lecture was hosted by Professor Dr. Anushya Vijayananthan and chaired by Professor Dato’ Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. Yang Faridah delivered her lecture in three chapters: First, as a clinical specialist, with a niche in cardiac imaging. Second, as an administrator, balancing and managing expectations of the university as well as the heart of any organisation, its human resource. Third and lastly, as an academic, aiding in strategising and improving the learning experiences of students with the hope to produce future doctors that are in touch with their hearts. She ended the lecture by urging everyone to seek the hidden hearts in their lives, wherever they may be.

An event like this could not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the people behind the scene. Acknowledgements and gratitude were extended to the staff at the Office of the Dean and the Visibility Unit of the Faculty of Medicine. The online lecture is available on YouTube with the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FZoeH1IyDk&t=126s