Setthasorn Ooi Zhi Yang

Sett is a 3rd year medical student at Cardiff University. He has a keen interest in surgery, clinical neuroscience and medical education, and he is deeply passionate about education equity for international students and underprivileged students.

During the summer of 2020, Sett chaired the Medicine Section of an initiative called Tutor with Thought, which is a university application mentoring programme aimed to raise funds for St Nicholas’ Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired, located in Penang, Malaysia. The programme reached out to over 2,000 students and the team raised over £1,000, in 3 months, to help support the ongoing activities of the home.

Sett had also pioneered and chaired a preparatory course for medical school interviews where he worked with junior doctors and medical students from around the UK to run a series of mock interviews (covering Oxbridge, panel and multiple-mini-interviews) for sixth formers. This programme, paired with his experience of providing free one-to-one mentoring to over 70 students in the last two years, led him to gain recognition for his work among the medical community. To date, he has been a guest speaker at medical school application programmes organised by Malaysian Medics International and In2MedSchool, reaching out to over 2,000 Malaysians and British widening participation students. In medical school, he also enjoys delivering lectures and courses in basic sciences and surgical skills to medical students. In the past two years, he has taught anatomy to over hundreds of students through the Cardiff University Surgical Society (CUSS), where he served as President in 2020/21. During his chairship, CUSS has had many prominent success such as being shortlisted in the top 5 surgical societies nationally in the Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) Battle of the Surgical Societies Prize as well as having a remarkable increase in the society’s engagement with medical students in the UK and overseas, with an excess of 1,000 individuals following the Facebook page in the past year.

Most notably, Sett founded and chaired the UK International Medical Graduate Webinar Series under the Cardiff Healthcare International Perspective Society (CHIPS), where he also served as President of the society in 2020/21. The event was a 7-part webinar series where UK graduates – who are practising in countries such as the US, Australia and Canada – were invited to talk about the residency application process. The event reached over 50,000 individuals worldwide from over 50 countries; in the UK, it was well-received by students and doctors from over 30 medical schools. The event also received collaborative support from many internationally-established organisations such as US-based Liberty Medics, The Savvy IMG, Malaysian Medics International United Kingdom, Singaporean Medical Society of the United Kingdom, and The Medical Licentiate Society of Hong Kong.

Sett’s contribution to medical education also extends to his leadership in international committees. He has chaired the Medical Education oral presentation session at the MedAll International Virtual Medical Conference (IVMC) and has served as a committee member of the Association of the Study of Medical Education (ASME) x MedAll Researching Medical Education Conference and TASME (trainee branch of ASME) x MedAll 10 Years of TASME Conference. Lastly, he serves on the JASME (junior branch of ASME) national committee, where he leads the Local Representative Scheme in supporting 55 students from 30 UK schools to organise events that advocate and discuss various medical education topics.

“It is truly a privilege to be recognised with the prestigious Zeshan Qureshi Award in Medical Education. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my amazing, talented and hardworking colleagues without whom this would not have been possible.”

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