Thomas Fassier (MD, PhD) is currently a research fellow at Geneva University School of Medicine, Medical Education Research Unit (UDREM), and an internal medicine & critical care physician in the geriatric Emergency Room, Geneva University Hospital (HUG), Switzerland.
His interest in global medical education stems from his experience in China, where he spent two years at Jiao Tong University Medical School, as a clinical trainer for medical students and residents (position funded by the Région Auvergne Rhône Alpes, 2005-2007). From this seminal experience, he co-authored a multimedia self-study book for foreign doctors attending a clinical training in French-speaking countries (“Le Français des médecins, 40 vidéos pour communiquer à l’hôpital” – www.pug.fr).
He then worked in Cambodia, as an advisor for medical education and international relations at the University of Health Sciences, UHS (position funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France – MAEDI, 2011-2016). In collaboration with international stakeholders (WHO and World Bank, partner universities notably Lyon, Paris, Marseilles, Boston, Stanford, Newcastle), he supported the Rector and Deans to design and implement the UHS 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. Among other projects, he was involved in the UHS Simulation & Clinical Skills lab, the Computerized Exams Center, the curriculum revision and the new International Program (www.uhs.edu.kh/ir).
After being trained in Best-Evidence Medical Education (BEME) with the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), he is now a tutor for the AMEE – Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) online course (www.amee.org). He is currently completing his training with a Master in Health Professions Education at Maastricht University. His teaching areas of interest are Outcome-based education, Simulation for training and assessment, Faculty development in clinical reasoning, and Interprofessional education.
As a fellow in internal medicine then critical care at Lyon University Hospital (HCL) and as a public health Master then PhD student at Lyon University (PhD study grant from the Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Maladie, CNAM-TS), he developed a special interest for the care of elderly critically ill patients. His publications in peer-reviewed journals report original research, literature reviews and opinion statements about the epidemiology of elderly patients in Intensive Care Units, end-of-life communication and decision-making. With this dual interest in health professionals’ education and public health, his new research project in Geneva is aiming to develop and assess educational interventions to reduce cognitive biases in clinical reasoning, and to improve patients’ safety through collaborative decision-making.