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Dr Selma Omer BSc, PhD

Senior Teaching Fellow in Medical Education

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Dr Selma Omer is Senior Teaching Fellow in Medical Education within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Dr Selma Omer completed her PhD training in Molecular Endocrinology at Reading University (2002) where she identified a novel serine protease expressed in steroidogenic tissue and studied its cellular localization and protein kinetics. Following this, Dr Omer pursued her postdoctoral research studies at Oxford University (2006) in neuroendocrinology and investigated the biological function of Annexin-1, a mediator of glucocorticoid action in the pituitary and hypothalamus and postdoctoral research studies.

She later joined the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), to pursue a career in Medical Education. Her work there connected UCSF’s Global Health Sciences and the School of Medicine’s Office of Medical Education, where she participated in a collaborative partnership project between UCSF and Muhimbli University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania. The partnership centered on strategies for curricular revision and staff development towards enhance Health Professions education. In her role as education coordinator, Dr Omer worked with MUHAS colleagues to establish new Master’s programs in the Basic Sciences and organized education training programs to help MUHAS faculty develop the necessary skills to transition to a competence-based education curriculum reform. She also modelled peer-teaching strategies to improve student engagement in MUHAS’s large class sizes with limited resources.

Dr Omer joined the University Southampton in June 2012 as a senior teaching fellow in Medical Education. As a staff developer, her role focuses on provision of training for BM teachers involved in the early/pre-clinical years and leads in the development of online staff development modules on teaching learning and assessment. She recently joined the BM4 team acting as the Year 1 lead which involves teaching, curriculum development, coordination, assessment and evaluation of the programme.


BSc Biochemistry, University of Reading, 1999

PhD Molecular Endocrinology, University of Reading, 2002

Appointments held

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford. 2003-2006

Health Professions Education Fellow, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), 2006-2008

Basic Science Education Coordinator, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), 2008-20011

Senior Teaching fellow, University of Southampton, 2012-present

Research interests

While working in an institutional partnership between Muhimbili University in Tanzania and UCSF in San Francisco, Dr Omer explored the role of North-South institutional collaborations in building institutional capacity in resource limited settings. Her research also focused on educational leadership development to enhance teaching and assessment in basic science and clinical disciplines.

She is currently interested in the use of technology and development of e-learning tools to improve access to staff development.


Medical Education

Faculty of Medicine

BM4 Yr 1 Leader

BM4 years 1 & 2 Steering Group Chair

BM5 years 1 & 2 Steering Group Member

BM4 Programme Team Meeting Member

Educational Staff Development Committee Member

Exam boards

Personal tutor

BMedSci Project supervisor

National responsibilities

External Examiner – Learning and Teaching-student and professional (MHE500) year 3 St, Georges University of London, Faculty of Medicine.

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Staff development

Dr Omer delivers face-to-face workshops and short courses in topics on a range on topics in teaching and assessment. Leads designing and developing MEDUSA staff development modules

Student teaching

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology lectures to Year 1 BM5 &BM4 Medical students

Graduate Group session to Year 1 & 2 BM4 Medical Students

Biochemistry tutorials to year 1 BM5 Medical Students

Biochemistry tutorials to year 1 BM5 Medical Students

Professionalism Tutorial Facilitator

BM4 In depth essay marking & moderating

BM4 Short notes marking

BM5 project marking

Dr Selma Omer
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4274 Email:

Room Number: 85/4001

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