Interests: Innovation in Medical Education, Learning, Primary Health Care.
Qualified in medicine and surgery 1970; PhD, St. Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, University of London 1978; research fellow in experimental neurosurgery, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, 1985-6. FAANOS Fellow of the American Academy of Neurological & Orthopedic Surgeons, 1989; Certificate Management and Leadership, 1991; DPHC, 1999; FFPH Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, UK, 2002. Professor of Neurosciences and Primary Health Care since 1991; founding dean of medicine (Tikrit University 1988-1999 and Hadhramout University 1999-2000) then joined World Health Organization as regional advisor and coordinator HRH and medical education in 2000 till retirement in 2009 when became Hon Lecturer, WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London. Also acts as expert & adviser to Global Health Workforce Alliance of WHO, Geneve, 2009-present to support countries in HRH crisis in EM, SEA and WP regions.As a founding dean, he twice led teams in introducing for the first time in Iraq and Yemen, innovative Problem Based Learning and Clinical Presentation Based clerkship in medical curricula. Basic sciences, population health and clinical disciplines were smoothly and fully integrated in all 6 years study based on learning rather than teaching with community orientation. Also, he planned and led implementation and evaluation of multidisciplinary involvement of staff from all departments in a curricular community-based students’ research modules that run vertically in years 2-5. Both colleges gained regional and international educational reputation. He gained wide range of international experience through close work with governments and institutes in all of the 22 countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region and other countries in Africa and Asia. Professor Al-sheikh provided advice and hands-on technical support to address HRH issues and to reform medical healthcare education and training. He guided establishment of national systems of accreditation of medical education in 15 countries and actively contributed to different aspects of WHO strategies, policies, plans and inerventions in health professionals’ planning, education, training and utilization including management. He worked in several schools in different parts of the world teaching undergraduate courses and modules in Neuroscinces, Primary Health Care and principles of Medical Education and also tutored and supervised number of Diploma, Masters, PhDs and Board residents in Neurosciences and PHC. He organized, facilitated or participated in more than 130 workshops, seminars and other activities in medical education and human resources development and published more than 80 papers, studies and abstracts in Neurosciences, PHC and medical education and acted as member of editorial boards of number of peer reviewed journals. He supported and participated in activities in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, India, IR Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippins, Qatar, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tunisia, USA, United Kingdom, Yemen,Recent works:
- Organized a WHO-sponsored national workshop to support the 7 medical colleges in Yemen to fulfil accreditation requirement of the national accreditation body (CAAQA-Commission of Academic Accreditation and Quality Assurance) held in Mukalla, Yemen 12-30 November 2013.
- Hired by Nuffic (The Dutch Development Agency), provided hands-on technical support to the High Institute of Health Sciences (HIHS), to fulfil accreditation requirement including curriculum reform and establishing formal collaboration agreement with the National Commission of Academic Accreditation and Quality Assurance (CAAQA). Sana’a, Yemen 24 October – 11 November 2013.
- Organized WHO-sponsored national workshop for Iraqi medical colleges, Erbil, Iraq September 2012 to train leaders from all 23 medical colleges of Iraq on accreditation in collaboration with Iraqi Accreditation Body.
- Hired by Nuffic (The Dutch Development Agency), acted as a Long Term Expert (LTE) in Hadhramout University College of Medicine, Mukalla, Yemen June-July and October-December 2012 (HUCOM) to advise and train on different areas of academic developmental projects.
- Supporting nationals in conducting HRH stakeholder analysis and producing the South Sudan Country Report 2011.
- Formulating National HRH Policy for Republic of South Sudan, 2011-2015.
- Formulating National HRH Strategic Plan for Republic of South Sudan 2011-2015
- Co-organizing WHO regional consultation on accreditation of health professions education in Eastern Mediterranean Region countries, Tunisia, November 2011.
- Co-authoring WHO Regional Guide on accreditation of health professions education in Eastern Mediterranean Region, 2011.
- Co-authoring Regional standards for health professions education in Eastern Mediterranean Region, 2011.
- Acting as regional consultant for Global Health Workforce, Geneva to provide technical support to Afghanistan, Nepal and South Sudan to promote country coordination and facilitation to overcome HRH crisis, 2011.
- Contributed to preparation of WHO Regional HRH Strategic Plan for Eastern Mediterranean Region, Cairo, 2010.
- Provided support to four medical schools in Jordan to establish institutional accreditation systems, 2009-2011.
- See detailed CV for full list of consultations and deliverables in different countries.