Nahla Gomaa, MBBCH, MSc, MD. PhD

Contact

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Surgery Dept
Email
ngomaa@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

Dr. Gomaa is an Associate Cl. Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, a Clinician-Educator in the Department of Surgery, and the Lead of Surgery in the Faculty Development Committee at the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta.

After her graduation, she received her Clinical Masters in Otolaryngology, then Doctorate Degree from Cairo University. Parallel to this, she pursued her fellowship at the University of Iowa, U.S.A, to complete her MD. PhD., In addition, she earned a Quality Improvement in Medical Education training through a Tempus grant in the United Kingdom [UK], after which she held the position of Director of QI at the Faculty of Medicine. She received many international and local; educational and clinical research grants. 

She has been in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta, Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, since 2012. Since then, she has committed to clinical, classroom, multi-disciplinary teaching, research, and administrative roles. She served on different committees including strategic planning of Competency-Based Medical Education [CBME], Human Research Ethics Board, [HREB], and is still currently an active member of the Faculty Development Committee, in which she has helped to spearhead a number of initiatives such as collaboration of the FoMD with international institutes and medical schools, development of the online annual report [ARO] for FoMD, and development of the Vision & Mission of the Faculty Development Committee. In addition, she has been an OSCE examiner, MMI panelist, STIR program supervisor, and Alberta innovates grant reviewer. 

In 2019, she completed her Degree in Patients' Safety & Quality improvement; from the University of Calgary and has been appointed as the Director of quality improvement at the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Dr. Gomaa's academic research interests featured quality assurance of medical education, Feedback, and assessment. Her clinical research is focused on hearing, balance, and inner ear disorders.


Research

I. Clinical:

Hearing and balance, Otology, Hearing loss, Tinnitus, and Vertigo. 

II. Academic:

Medical Education Quality Improvement, Feedback, assessment, Faculty Development. 

III. Quality Improvement:

 Quality improvement of the health care system, and Health care strategies




Teaching

The fundamentals of my teaching philosophy are providing equal opportunities for success to my students as future physicians and colleagues, fulfilling their main roles of being advocates for patients. Therefore, a lot of my teaching strategies may be dynamic, guided by my students' needs, keeping in mind enriching their health and patient advocacy roles.

As a Clinician Educator, a mentor, quality improvement specialist, and peer observer, I try to balance my teaching between providing knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the best practice of my learners as future physicians, and to maintain these three areas of growth and development till the learners are acquainted with the momentum to self-maintain them. 

I am proud that my educational skills were shaped early enough by thriving into the quality enhancement of medical education trends. In addition, I took the opportunity of the add-on skills that I enjoyed learning; such as the tools for quality improvement in health care practices, leadership skills, along with the basic CanMED concepts to enrich clinical teaching. 

Prioritizing educational tasks, dividing the outcome of my learners into milestones easy to attain, and ability to set and change the benchmarks in a dynamic world that is changing by the day make up a supportive toolkit of the educational and mentorship processes. This applies to any teaching setting; whether clinical or research-based. All these tools would not do the job, without the students' feedback and reflections. In that sense, the educational process is a cycle of a dynamic evolution, and adaptation.

 


Scholarly Activities

Admin - Director of Quality Improvement, Division of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery

2019 - Current

The role involves leveraging the clinical and academic knowledge, skills, attitudes and research level of residents and students in the area of best clinical practices in Otolaryngology, that lead to improving the quality of care.


Research - Evoked potential and fMRI in Tinnitus

2015 - 2017

Studying the evoked potential and fMRI findings that may change the way of treatment of tinnitus.


Admin - Lead of Surgery in the Faculty Development Committee

2013 - Current

  • spearhead a number of initiatives such as collaboration of the FoMD with international institutes and medical schools, development of the online annual report [ARO] for FoMD, and development of the Vision & Mission of the Faculty Development Committee.

Teaching - Values-Based Practice in Medical Education

2020 - 2020

The work has been done in collaboration with Central Michigan University, College of Medicine at the International Medical Education Conference, California, USA, 2020. It is an area of patient's advocacy in medical practice.