I am a doctor with Internal Medicine experience. Currently, I am in the final year of my DPhil in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Oxford. My research focus is on endometriosis and small extracellular vesicles. Throughout my DPhil, I have developed wet lab skills such as nanoparticle tracking analysis, Western blotting, tissue culture, flow cytometry, fluorescent and confocal microscopy, proteomics analysis as well as academic writing, presenting my work, and leadership skills. As a medic who hardly did any research in the lab in medical school, it has been a fascinating and challenging experience! Following my DPhil, I will be commencing specialty training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and continue with my academic pursuits. However, I also realised very quickly how research, medicine, and real-life are very much connected, and none of these elements exist in isolation. For example, learning more about endometriosis opened my eyes to the gender pain gap that women experience when accessing healthcare. And so, I have become increasingly interested in advocating for gender equity, genital autonomy (bodily autonomy), and reproductive rights, and becoming an active voice against female genital mutilation/ cutting (FGM/C).
Therefore, I cannot just be a hospital doctor. Or just a scientist.
I feel like I could offer more.
And I want to offer the world more.
I am fluent in English and Malay. I have basic-to-elementary skills in spoken and written Russian. If I didn’t do medicine, I would probably be travelling the world and studying languages – but I think I will probably attempt to do this anyway.
I am influenced by compassionate and inclusive leadership. I am passionate about helping others reach their fullest potentials. I believe in life-long learning. The learning never stops.
*Please note that I cannot offer medical advice online. Please seek your registered local healthcare professional for medical advice. The purpose of this website is to create awareness of women’s issues and other causes that I hold dear.
Writing and editing
I enjoy writing and have experience writing in various subjects in different styles, i.e., academic writing, blogging, and content writing in formal and informal styles, in both factual and fictional genres. As a reviewer and editor for academic journals, I am known for being meticulous. Regardless of whether or not the written work is accepted for publication, I provide a detailed assessment of the work that comes to me.
This is my ResearchGate profile which lists my research work in endometriosis and medical education. If you are on ResearchGate, do get in touch.
Harvard Public Health Review Blog
I am a fellow of the Harvard Public Health Review, a peer-reviewed journal of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I enjoy writing on public health issues with a feminist lens.
Public speaking and presentations
I love to talk. Especially about women’s health, women’s reproductive rights advocacy, feminism, and youth education. I love empowering others by sharing with them my own personal experiences in navigating a fulfilling career in medicine and in life. As a clinical academic, I have presented at national and international conferences, as well as teaching on the MSc Clinical Embryology course at the University of Oxford. In my work as a diversity and equality advocate, I have moderated and participated as a panellist for the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Ditchley Foundation. Below are two examples of speaking engagements that I have done.
Endometriosis, misogyny in medicine, and my career as a woman in science
Bernama TV Malaysia ‘Tea with Tehmina’ Interview Episode 2: The Kalsom Movement
I am a keen multi-disciplinarian with experiences in non-profit organisations, youth development, and entrepreneurship. I am always interested to explore different and unconventional ways to advocate for the causes I hold dear, enrich the lives of others, and frankly, live an interesting and exceptional life. Fun fact: When I was a foundation doctor (an intern in the US/ house officer in Malaysia), I was a cast member of my hospital’s annual comedy show where we had raised £11,600 for local charities.
Malaysian Doctors for Women & Children
I am the director and founder of the Malaysian Doctors for Women & Children (established in April 2021). In advocating for the elimination of harmful practices such as female genital mutilation/ cutting (FGM/C) and child marriage in Malaysia, I realised the lack of involvement and representation of medical doctors in this space. The Malaysian Doctors for Women & Children was born to encourage conversation among Malaysian doctors and various stakeholders, including non-governmental organisations (Sisters in Islam, Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance, etc.) and affected persons and groups, to end these harmful practices.
The Kalsom Movement
The Kalsom Movement (TKM) is an education charity initially established in 1994 as Projek Kalsom Motivational Camp for academically gifted Malaysian youth from disadvantaged backgrounds by Malaysian university students. I joined TKM in 2011 when it was still Projek Kalsom Motivational Camp, as the director of the camp. Under my leadership, we became a registered charity (as Kelab Belia Kalsom) under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth & Sports, Malaysia in 2012. Since then, I had been the Founding President, Trustee, and finally, the Chair of the Board of Trustees until August 2021. Today, TKM is a UN SDG Official Partner and was featured as one of the top 50 youth solutions globally in the 2020 Youth Solutions Report by the Youth SDSN (the youth arm of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network).
The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities: Art, Biodiversity & Climate Network
As part of the Art, Biodiversity & Climate Network (ABC Network), I worked with an artist from the Ruskin School of Art to produce an artwork that speaks about women and the impact of period stigma and climate change.