Dr Benjamin Samraj Prakash Earnest

Dr Benjamin Samraj Prakash Earnest

Senior Lecturer

M.D in Internal Medicine (India)
MBBS (India)

BenjaminSamrajPrakash.Earnest@taylors.edu.my

Expertise
  • Medical education
  • Simulated learning
  • Intensive care
  • Hi-fidelity mannikins

Research Interests
  • Medical education
  • Blended learning
  • Internal medicine
  • Microbiome & disease

Publications & Presentations
Peer Reviewed Papers
  • “Gastric mucormycosis: Role of preexisting ulcerative and erosive lesions.” Published in the Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, Vol 55 (Issue 1); Jan 2009.
  • “ANCA in Graves’ disease: Is it drug induced?” published in the Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, Vol. 57; July 2009.
  • “Chronic hepatitis C associated with neuromyelitis optica and antinuclear antibodies” published in the Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, Vol. 58; Feb 2010.
  • “A comparison of genotype and markers of disease severity of chronic hepatitis C in patients with and without end-stage renal disease” published in Singapore Medical Journal, Feb 2011.
  • “An isolated cardiac hydatid cyst” published in the Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, Vol. 53; June 2005.
  • “Bardet Biedl Syndrome” published in the Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, Vol. 53; September 2005.
  • “Cleistanthus collinus Poisoning” published in the Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, Vol. 54; September 2006.
  • “Primary SjÖgren’s syndrome presenting with distal renal tubular acidosis and rhabdomyolysis” published in the Journal of the Association of Physicians India, Vol. 54; December 2006.
  • “Renal failure and neuromuscular weakness in Cleistanthus collinus poisoning” published in the Journal of the Association of Physicians India, Vol. 55; January 2007
  • “Subacute pulmonary embolism presenting with multiple aseptic lung cavities” published in the Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, Vol. 55; July 2007.
Book Chapters
  • Contributed chapters on 1. Hypercholestrolemia, 2. Graves’ disease with neutropenia, 3. Thyroid myopathy, 4. Physical examination in hypothyroidism, 5. History-taking in depression due to hypothyroidism, 6. Physical examination and counselling in acromegaly 7. Cushing’s syndrome to the book “Excellence in Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology and ENT ... Illuminating tips for the MBBS exams -Book 2” 1st Edition, Editors: Prof Dato’ Dr. Sivalingam Nalliah, Prof Sachchithanantham Kanagasabai, Colour Box Publishing House (MAG166949-V), No54,Jalan Jati, Taman Jati, 75350 Batu Berendam, Melaka, Malaysia, 2013.
Conference Abstracts/Proceedings
  • Benjamin SPE, Prabal B, Anjan KD, Tahir MMA, Nurjahan MI, Roland GS., “Transforming teaching-learning culture by appropriate use of discrimination index in item analysis”. Presented as full-refereed paper at Taylor’s Teaching-Learning Conference (TTLC) 2016 and published in the proceedings of the conference, 2016.
  • Benjamin SPE, Prabal B, Anitha P, Suresh P, Nurjahan MI, Roland GS., “Appropriate use of technology: How useful are calculations of discrimination index by optical mark readers in item analysis of single best answer MCQ tests with small student numbers?”. Presented as full-refereed paper at Taylor’s Teaching-Learning Conference (TTLC) 2016 and published in the proceedings of the conference, 2016.
  • “Science education to improve quality of life: a medical perspective” article published in the proceedings of the international symposium on “Improving the quality of life through science” organised by the Asian Academy of Science and Australian Academy of Science at Colombo, Sri Lanka in Oct 2012.
  • “Thyroid function in metabolic syndrome” abstract published in the proceedings of the ‘Conference on malnutrition and food adulteration’ conducted by the Indian Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (IAPEN) and Dept. of Biotechnology, M. S. Ramiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India on 4th Aug 2012.
  • Prabal B, Benjamin SPE, Nurjahan MI, Roland GS., ‘Blended Learning: An Effective Application to Clinical Teaching’ won a bronze medal for Invention, Innovation & Design on e-Learning (IIDEL) competition at International University Carnival on e-Learning (IUCEL) 2016 on 20th-21st September 2016 at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johore, Malaysia.
  • Benjamin SPE, Dato’ Md Tahir MD A, Suresh P, Roland GS., ‘Students’ perception of ECG interpretation skills learning using Socrative in the first clinical year Internal Medicine postings.’ Shortlisted for Invention, Innovation & Design on e-Learning (IIDEL) competition at International University Carnival on e-Learning (IUCEL) 2016 on 20th-21st September 2016 at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johore, Malaysia.
  • Prabal B, Benjamin SPE, Nurjahan MI, Roland GS., ‘Value added curriculum: Taylor-ing the ophthalmology module.’ Won the best poster award at the International Medical Education Conference (IMEC – 2016) held at International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Benjamin SPE, Prabal B, Suresh P, Nurjahan MI, Roland GS., ‘Students’ perception of Flipped Learning model in clinical examination skills learning in the first clinical year of Internal Medicine postings.’ Poster presentation at the International Medical Education Conference (IMEC – 2016) held at International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Speaker for “Certificate course in cardiovascular diseases” conducted by the Academy of Family Physicians, Malaysia at Medical Academies of Malaysia, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur on 10th December, 2011 and presented the following topics
  • “Septic shock” presented at medicine update conference on surgical infections held in July 2008 at AIMST University, Malaysia.
Other Publications
  • Benjamin SPE., “Importance of Vitamin D”. Published in ‘Life & Times: Heal’ section of New Straits Times, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Malaysia. The PR value garnered from this piece is estimated at RM 35, 541.00 by the university. Available at: http://www.nst.com.my/news/2017/03/220679/importance-vitamin-d

Scholarly Activities/Industry Experience
  • Chairman of the White Coat Ceremony committee at Taylor’s Clinical School, March 2017
  • Familiar with using AcuStudio lecture capture system and blended learning using Socrative, Kahoot, FLIP classroom, etc,.
  • Participated in the developing and implementing of MBBS year 3 curriculum at Taylor’s University
  • Internal examiner for year 3, year 4 & year 5 MBBS end-of-posting, end-of-semester, end-of-year and professional exams at AIMST university, MAHSA university & Taylor’s university.
  • Internal examiner for Ph. D. research proposal entitled “Classification of arrhythmia in relation to the Malaysian lifestyle” by Raach Oussama Khalil, student ID 0317186, main supervisor Dr. Thulasyammal Ramiah Pillai, School of Biosciences, Taylor’s University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Participated as content expert in the developing of MBBS curriculum at Quest University, Perak.
  • Participated in the drafting of MBBS year 3 and year 4 (medicine) curriculum at MAHSA University
  • Medicine component of Years 3-5 MBBS teaching program at AIMST University; Professional examination IV, Years 3-4 MBBS assessment program at AIMST University
  • CSI Kalyani –Madras Medical Mission collaborative Total Heart Care Programme, at CSI Kalyani Hospital, Chennai
  • The DOTS programme and the dialysis programme at CSI Kalyani Hospital, Chennai.

Awards & Honours
  • “Thyroid function in metabolic syndrome” won the best presentation award at ‘Conference on malnutrition and food adulteration’ conducted by the Indian Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (IAPEN) and Dept. of Biotechnology, M. S. Ramiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India on 4th Aug 2012.
  • Prabal B, Benjamin SPE, Nurjahan MI, Roland GS., ‘Blended Learning: An Effective Application to Clinical Teaching’ won a bronze medal for Invention, Innovation & Design on e-Learning (IIDEL) competition at International University Carnival on e-Learning (IUCEL) 2016 on 20th-21st September 2016 at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johore, Malaysia.
  • Prabal B, Benjamin SPE, Nurjahan MI, Roland GS., ‘Value added curriculum: Taylor-ing the ophthalmology module.’ Won the best poster award at the International Medical Education Conference (IMEC – 2016) held at International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Professional Affiliations
LIFE MEMBERSHIPS
  • Association of Physicians of India
  • Indian Medical Association
  • Indian Society of Electrocardiology.