Teaching context and philosophy
My teaching philosophy is “teaching real-world applications alongside theory, promotes deep learning".
I started my career as medical doctor and practiced for 7 years during which I spcialised in Internal Medicine in Sri Lanka. I have a decade of experience as a teacher in higher education, first as a lecturer in Clinical Medicine at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2011 - 2017), and then as a lecturer in Pathology at UNSW Sydney, Australia (2017 - To date). As a mid-career medical researcher, I have over 140 publications in indexed peer reviewed journals, and received grant funding of approximately 0.5 million AUD as chief investigator and approximately 8 million AUD as a co-investigator. My research has been cited more than 3000 times with an h-index of 32.
I bring my expertise as a clinician, educator and a researcher to the classroom to create an engaging learning experience for students. Rather than teaching abstract concepts, I break down complex theories in to real-world examples and case scenarios to demonstrate the real-world value of knowledge gained in the classroom. My teaching is also shaped by my own experience as an undergraduate and a postgradute student where I found that knowledge is easier to retain and relate to, if its value is demonstrated in real world applications.