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Dr Darren Lee Kian Guan Wins IMU’s Young Alumnus Award for the Field of Academics

06 Dec 2022

Dr Darren Lee is a quintessential scholar in every sense of the word. If it wasn’t enough that he is currently a Consultant Physician and Nephrologist, and Head of Department of Medicine at Pantai Hospital Penang, he has also over 30 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals in the field of Internal Medicine/Nephrology. It is no surprise to know that Dr Lee has an inherent interest in academics, and it has been the driving force of his ongoing journey of learning and research. Dr Lee strongly believes that it should be ingrained in every healthcare professional to relentlessly seek out to improve their knowledge to remain relevant in a field that is constantly evolving.


Aside from the scores of publications Dr Lee has authored, Dr Lee also has mentionable teaching experience during his time in Singapore circa 2012-2017.  While he was a clinical lecturer at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, he was nominated for Best Teacher several times.


Throughout his Nephrology training, he served as a Renal Senior Resident Chief Representative. He was the recipient of the Best Registrar Award (2013) and SingHealth Outstanding Resident Awards (2013/2014, 2015/2016), an award which was given to top 5% of Residency cohort who have done exceptionally well in clinical and academic avenues of medical education in the Senior Residency Program. Clearly Dr Lee does everything at a gold standard level whether he is in the hospital or researching and publishing his work.


As Dr Lee was busy striving for excellence in all that he does, his long list of achievements and accolades were selected and featured by Britishpedia (British Publishing House Ltd), a London- based publishing company whose research profiles of high achieving individuals, and he was admitted into their prestigious list of ‘Successful People in Malaysia 2022’ (4th Edition). Ever so humbly, Dr. Lee emphasizes that with the award it gives him an extra push to scale new heights, indicating that he is not one to rest on his laurels.


Dr Lee made special mention to the self-directed learning method which is the hallmark of teaching in IMU as he believes that it is an underrated and incredibly useful tool. It essentially is a process where individuals take primary charge of planning and evaluating their learning. As such, in a field where continuous learning is highly essential, the method of self-directed comes into major play and becomes an extremely important skill.


No doubt Dr Darren Lee exemplifies the qualities of IMU’s Young Alumnus Award Winner for the field of Academics.


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