The Middle East Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (MEAO-HNS) is pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural 2019 ‘Heinz Stammberger Award for Excellence in Teaching’. This year’s winner is Professor Shahed Quraishi OBE. He has been selected based on multiple nominations and his demonstrated commitment to teaching in otolaryngology. 

Quotes from nominating statements:
Professor John Watkinson: “Prof Shahed's contribution with regards to his teaching and writing related to the principle of free teaching at source involving his travelling ENT Masterclass is now well-known worldwide and second to none. Having witnessed and participated in his ongoing courses, I think his unlimited enthusiasm, achievements as well as commitment to ENT education knows no limits.”

Professor Nirmal Kumar: “I applaud Prof Shahed Quraishi’s Masterclass which brings free education and healthcare resources for people around the world. In recognition of his services to medical education, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, appointed him Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2017.”

Professor Shahed Quraishi accepting his OBE
Dr Michael Kuo: “Prof Shahed’s passionate and selfless delivery of free education through the ENT Masterclass which he founded over a decade ago and continues to chair is extraordinary by any measure."

Dr Emma Stapleton: “Internationally, Prof Shahed has achieved above and beyond imagination. His ENT Masterclass® platform provides 2500 free delegate places on top-level courses in four continents annually and has offered over £7.5million of free educational resources in the past 15 years.”

The award was at presented at ME-OTO 2019, the 16th annual meeting of the Middle East Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, which took place 26-28 April 2019 at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai, UAE.

This award was created by the Middle East Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery to honour the legacy of Professor Heinz Stammberger and his commitment to teaching surgeons in the far corners of the world. Professor Stammberger was very accepting of the different levels of skills and education around the globe and was willing to work with everyone.

We briefly caught up with Shahed Quraishi, winner of the Heinz Stammberger award.

How does it feel to have won the inaugural Heinz Stammberger award?

I feel humbled and honoured and would like to dedicate this to colleagues who have been part of the great success story of the ENT Masterclass over the past 15 years. I am very grateful to my mentors and trainers who have generously supported me in my career. It is a special honour to receive this award associated with Prof Heinz Stammberger, a great surgeon, leader and educationalist who has been an inspiration for us in propagating free education via the ENT Masterclass training platform in 16 countries across four continents. The encouragement and support from the Chief Executive at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and ENT UK, is much appreciated.

How did you celebrate? 

It was a very special day with friends and family, especially as the award ceremony was on my birthday!

You've become an international ENT sensation! How do you keep it real?

The ENT Masterclass training platform is a very special cause, with a vision to provide training, free at the point of delivery. Inspired by the principles which launched the National Health Service 70 years ago by Aneurin Bevan and which remains probably one of the best health services in the world. Its origin from Doncaster Royal Infirmary 15 years ago was a single course with 60 delegates. We currently have over 2500 delegates annually at 16 free worldwide courses, which would have been beyond our wildest dreams when we started. 

The key to its success has been the hundreds of volunteer faculty, supporters and well-wishers from Beijing to Berlin, from South Africa to South Yorkshire who have helped keep these courses free for the delegates. It remains real, due to the fantastic team of well-meaning colleagues who wish to give back to our juniors. 

How have you kept ENT Masterclass current and sustainable?

The firm determination to stay focused to deliver a dream has kept me going. One of the principal tools has been eliciting feedback and then carefully actioning the will of the trainees. ENT Masterclass does involve a lot of my time after the 'day job' at the NHS but has not fully taken over my life yet! I like gardening and find the magic of nature very therapeutic, especially in the summer months. My hobby of numismatics and history has been an escape hatch in the winter months. High quality family time comes in packages of international travel holidays and weekends when we are all together. At work I enjoy sharing my experience of day case parathyroidectomies with my trainees and the weekly academic breakfast club which I set up over 10 years ago.

What wise advice would you offer to colleagues aiming to set up an educational initiative?

Education is a right, not a privilege.