American College of Physicians has named Alumna Tabassum Salam (MD, FACP) as the organization’s Vice President for Medical Education

We are delighted to share that the American College of Physicians has named Tabassum Salam (MD, FACP) as the organization’s Vice President for Medical Education, effective December 3, 2018.

Alumna Tabassum Salam from the GIS Class of 1988 completed a Doctor of Medicine (MD), from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and later on completed an MBA at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Dr. Salam is an accomplished and well-respected medical educator, and has held leadership positions in continuing medical education and graduate medical education,” said Darilyn Moyer (MD, FACP), ACP’s Executive Vice President and CEO.


Congratulations, Tabassum! Can you please tell us more your career to date?

I have had a wonderful career in Internal Medicine, practicing both in outpatient clinics and in hospital settings. In addition, I have always been involved in education of medical students and resident (trainee) physicians, and greatly enjoy incorporating teaching into my professional life. In the past few years, I have also become more involved in health system administration and leadership, and this is what prompted me to return to school for my MBA.

My current role, as Vice President of the American College of Physicians (ACP), allows me to ascend to a national and international role in leadership in the field of Internal Medicine. The ACP is the largest organization of specialty physicians in the world, with programs both within the US and across the globe.


Can you share some of your best memories from your time at GIS?

I remember a lot of good friends, and busy days filled with serious academic time as well as fun events! I value so many of the teachers who truly dedicated their energies to us. Miss Helen Mukherjee [now Mrs. Lopez] remains at the top of my list of favorites. She had such a wonderful way of helping us understand Maths concepts – decades later, I have used everything she taught me in my heavily quantitative MBA courses!

Mrs. Lazarus taught me French, and I must say, we covered a lot in just 5 years leading up to the “O” Levels – I was able to take French courses in University without too much trouble. I also fondly remember the Eisteddfod festival, where I would muster up the courage to play a piece on the piano or read poetry – I even won a prize or two!

Mufti Day was a highlight every year, because everyone loved the opportunity to shed the school uniform for a day, wear whatever we wanted, and enjoy fun and games!


How did GIS prepare you for University studies and beyond?

I greatly value the academic rigor that I experienced at GIS when I was a student. The ability to extract valuable information and solve problems that I developed from an early age still pays dividends today. I greatly enjoyed Biology from an early age, and I remember the privilege of a great big laboratory in the school in Cheras, where we could participate in hands-on experiments.


What advice would you give to current GIS students?

Just soak up every experience! Develop not only your academic side, but your other talents too. Learn to be a great public speaker, participate in sports, learn to play a musical instrument or take part in a play. GIS today offers even more multi-dimensional experiences than in my day, and I encourage everyone to make the most of them!