Associate Professor Rafidah Atan

Associate Professor (Practice)

Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Email: rafidah.atan@monash.edu
Tel: +607 219 0624
Office: Clinical School Johor Bahru

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3776-7454

Profile Summary

Dr Rafidah Atan is Associate Professor (Practice) and Intensivist at Clinical School Johor Bahru, Monash University Malaysia. She joined Monash University Malaysia in 2006 among other pioneer staff members of the school. An intensivist by training, she provides part-time clinical work in government and private hospitals.

Dr Rafidah is a simulation enthusiast and frequently conducts simulation workshops and gives lectures on this topic. Her experience in simulation combines well with her other passion, which is teaching patient safety to medical undergraduates and junior doctors.

She also participates in clinical research in intensive care. Her PhD topic of research is on high cut-off hemofiltration in critically ill patients.

Academic Qualifications

  • MBBS (University of Malaya) 1996
  • Master of Anaesthesiology (University of Malaya) 2003 
    Conferred the K Pathmarajah Gold Medal
  • Fellowship of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA) in 2006
  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation (GradCertClinSim), Monash University, 2011
  • European Diploma in Intensive Care (EDIC) 2012
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Education (GradCertHighEd), Monash University, 2013
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Monash University, 2018 
    Thesis title “The biological and physiological impact of the removal of middle molecules using a new type of polyethersulfone high cut-off membrane during blood purification”

Professional Affiliations

  • Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) Full Registration 1997
  • Member of Academy of Medicine (AM) August 2006
  • Fellow of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, 2006
  • National Specialist Register (NSR) registration in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Specialty 2010
  • National Specialist Register (NSR) registration in Intensive Care Subspecialty 2013
  • Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists
  • Malaysian Society of Intensive Care
  • Malaysian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (MaSSH) Deputy Chairman 2017/18

Research & Education

Clinical Focus

  • Intensive Care
  • Anaesthesiology
  • Acute Medicine

Education Interests

  • Patient safety
  • Simulation-based learning: Crisis management, Management of deteriorating patients, Transport of the critically ill, Advanced life support
  • Evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal of literature
  • Intensive care: Beyond Basic Nephrology Course, Beyond Basic Airway Management Course

Research Interests

  • Intensive care: renal replacement therapy, dengue, sepsis
  • Simulation-based learning for patient safety, crisis management, acute medicine

Research Projects

Principal investigator
Evaluation of glycocalyx thickness and breakdown products as potential biomarkers of dengue severity: a prospective study.
Assoc Prof Rafidah Atan, Yeo Tsin Wen (Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore), Assoc Prof Nor’azim Mohd Yunos, Assoc Prof Ngim Chin Fang, Dr Nevein Philip Botross, Assoc Prof Sharifah Syed Hassan, Dr Amreeta Dhanoa, Masliza Zaid (HSAJB), Mahazir Kasim (HSAJB)
Tropical Medicine Biology Seed Fund 2018

Principal investigator
Transport of the critically ill patient for pre-interns: A simulation-based module.
Awarded the Monash MBBS Development Grant 2014.

Principal investigator (as PhD candidate)
Study Comparing High Cut-off Haemofiltration With Standard Haemofiltration in Acute Renal Failure.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00912184.
Supervisors: Professor Rinaldo Bellomo, Professor Anuar Zaini
May 2009 to May 2017

Co-Investigator
Comparison of two different intensive insulin therapy protocols in intensive care.
Nor’azim Mohd Yunos, Rafidah Atan, Tan Cheng Cheng, S.Balan
Grant from National Institutes of Health, Malaysia
Feb 2007 to October 2008

Monash Teaching Commitment

  • Patient Safety Unit (MED 5102) coordinator, Monash University Malaysia
  • Year 5 MBBS (MED 5091/92) coordinator, Monash University Malaysia
  • Acute Medicine Rotation site coordinator, CSJB
  • Evidence-based Clinical Practice tutor
  • Clinical Skills tutor

Publications

Please refer to the full academic profile for the complete list of publications.

Atan R, Peck L, Prowle J, Licari E, Eastwood GM, Storr M, Goehl H, Bellomo R. A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial of High Cutoff Versus Standard Hemofiltration in Critically Ill Patients With Acute Kidney Injury. Crit Care Med. 2018 Oct;46(10):e988-e994. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000003350. PubMed PMID:30074491.

Rafidah Atan. Real time clinical debriefing: The Whys and Hows Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists Yearbook 2018/9

Rafidah, A. (2018). The biological and physiological impact of the removal of middle molecules using a new type of polyethersulfone high cut-off membrane during blood purification.

Atan, R., Krogh, K., Yunos, N. M., Sood, S. and Nestel, D. (2017) Transport of the critically ill patient: Developing safe practices, in Healthcare Simulation Education: Evidence, Theory and Practice (eds D. Nestel, M. Kelly, B. Jolly and M. Watson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119061656.ch26

Video Citation: Atan, R., Lewis, G.L., Mohd Yunos, N., Sood, S., Pillai, N. K., & Nestel, D. (2017, February 1). Transport of the critically ill patient: Equipment preparation [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFm8O3Gopy0

Video citation: Atan, R., Lewis, G.L., Mohd Yunos, N., Sood, S., Pillai, N. K., & Nestel, D. (2017, February 1). Transport of the critically ill patient: Patient preparation [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L-_TiU35j4

Atan R, Peck L, Visvanathan K, Skinner N, Eastwood G, Bellomo R, Storr M, Goehl H. High cut-off hemofiltration versus standard hemofiltration: effect on plasma cytokines. Int J Artif Organs. 2016 Nov 11;39(9):479-486.

Atan R, May CN, Bailey SR, Tanudji M, Visvanathan K, Skinner N, Bellomo R, Goehl H, Storr M.Nucleosome Levels and Toll-like Receptor Expression during High Cut-off Hemofiltration: A Pilot Assessment. Crit Care Resusc. 2015 Dec;17(4):239-43

Atan R, Virzi GM, Peck L, Ramadas A, Brocca A, Eastwood G, Sood S, Ronco C, Bellomo R, Goehl H, Storr M. High cut-off hemofiltration versus standard hemofiltration: a pilot assessment of effects on indices of apoptosis. Blood Purif. 2014;37(4):296-303.

Atan R, Yunos NM, Sood S, Pillai NK, Nestel D (2014). Transport of the critically ill patient for pre-interns: A simulation-based module. A. Fisher (Ed.), Australasian Simulation Congress 2014 Proceedings (24-25). Australia: Simulation Australia.

Medical Emergency Team End-of-Life Care investigators. The timing of Rapid-Response Team activations: a multicentre international study. Crit Care Resusc. 2013 Mar;15(1):15-20

Rafidah Atan, John Prowle, Leah Peck, Glenn Eastwood, Rinaldo Bellomo Randomized controlled study of high cut-off point hemofiltration vs. standard hemofiltration in acute renal failure. Journal of Critical Care - December 2013 (Vol. 28, Issue 6, Page e50, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2013.09.027)

Atan R, Crosbie DC, Bellomo R. Techniques of extracorporeal cytokine removal: a systematic review of human studies. Ren Fail. 2013 Sep;35(8):1061-70

Atan R, Crosbie D, Bellomo R. Techniques of extracorporeal cytokine removal: a systematic review of the literature on animal experimental studies. Int J Artif Organs. 2013 Mar;36(3):149-58

No content

Research Supervision

Co-supervisor for Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours), Monash University Malaysia:
Effects of Fluid Balance on Clinical Outcome of critically ill patients: A Prospective Observational Study
Student Name: Dr. Adam Wong Jia Hao (Student ID: 23768029)
Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nor’azim Mohd Yunos, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rafidah binti Atan, Dr Mahazir Kassim

Co-supervisor for Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours), Monash University Malaysia:
After-hours Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Discharges: Impact on Outcomes
Student Name: Dr. Kevin Chang Yue Wei (Student ID: 22899855)
Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nor’azim Mohd Yunos, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rafidah binti Atan, Assoc. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Basri Mat Nor

Co-supervisor for Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours), Monash University Malaysia:
Comparison of Electrolytes and Haemoglobin Measurements between Central Laboratory Analysers and Intensive Care Unit Blood Gas Analysers
Student name: Hu Su Eng (Student ID: 22351698)
Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nor’azim Mohd Yunos, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rafidah binti Atan

Awards, Recognition and Achievements

K. Pathmarajah Gold Medal,
Master of Anaesthesiology,
University of Malaya 2003.

Excellent Service Award (Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang)
Kuala Lumpur Hospital 2003

Pro-Vice Chancellor (PVC) Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Administration
(Awarded for Teaching)
Monash University Sunway Campus, 2008

Pro-Vice Chancellor (PVC) Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Administration
(Awarded for Teaching)
Monash University Sunway Campus, 2012

Pro-Vice Chancellor (PVC) Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Academic Service
(Awarded for Academic Service )
Monash University Sunway Campus, 2013

MBBS Development Grant 2014
Project title: Transport of the critically ill patient for pre-interns: A simulation-based module
Monash University

‘Purple letters’ awarded for outstanding student evaluation results,
MED 5102, Patient Safety Unit,
2011, 2014 and 2015

Better Teaching Better Learning 2016 Education Grant
Project title: Transport of the Critically Ill Patient (TCIP) module – Video Demonstration as an added component to create Blended Learning
Monash University

Monash Education Academy Travel Grant 2017
Conference attended: 7th International Clinical Skills Conference, Prato Italy. 21st to 24th May, 2017.

Involvement in Organizations / Activities

Deputy Chairman of the Malaysian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (MaSSH), 2017/2018

Founding/Protem Committee Member of the Malaysian Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2017.

Committee member,
8th International Clinical Skills Conference, Prato, Italy.
May 2017 till present.

Facilitator,
Asia Pacific Evidence-based Medicine and Nursing Workshop, National University of Singapore.
Feb 2016, Feb 2017, Feb 2018; till present.

Beyond Basic Airway Workshop (Facilitator).
Organized by Malaysian Society of Intensive Care in cooperation with the BASIC Collaboration and European Society of Intensive Care Medicine
2017 till present.

Facilitator,
Asia Pacific Evidence-based Medicine and Nursing Workshop, National University of Singapore.
Feb 2016, Feb 2017, Feb 2018; till present.

Evidence-based practice (EBP) workshop for Ministry of Health healthcare professionals, Clinical Research Centre (CRC), Johor Bahru (facilitator).
2013 till present.

Intensive Care Nephrology – Beyond BASIC (Facilitator).
Organized by Malaysian Society of Intensive Care in cooperation with the BASIC Collaboration and European Society of Intensive Care Medicine
2013 till present.

Organiser and Founding committee member,
Clinical School Johor Bahru (CSJB) Research Week,
Yearly event. 2013 till present.

Facilitator,
“How to read a journal article: A quick guide for beginners” Pre-congress workshop,
Annual Scientific Meeting on Intensive Care,
17th August, 2017

Scientific Committee Member,
Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists/College of Anaesthesiologists Annual Scientific Congress 2017
Johor Bahru, Johor.
October 2016 to April 2017.

Committee member,
7th International Clinical Skills Conference,
Prato, Italy. October 2015 till May 2017.

Basic science tutor for anaesthesiology masters trainees,
Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru.
2007 till 2013.

Steering committee member,
The 1st International Symposium on the 'Frontiers in Intelligent Medicine’,
Shangri-la Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
26th to 27th September, 2014

Member,
Committee on Safety Standards,
College of Anaesthesiologists, Malaysia,
Nov 2007

Editor,
Berita Anestesiologi.
(Quarterly bulletin of the Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologist)
2005/6, 2006/7, 2007/2008

Executive Committee Member,
Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists (MSA),
2005/6, 2006/7

Anaesthesia Crisis Resource Management (ACRM) Instructor.
A local simulator-based training program.
September 2004 – 2006

Accreditation Officer for accreditation exercise by Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH),
Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
October 2003 – July 2005
(The department obtained ‘Substantial Compliance’ rating)

Accreditation Officer,
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
(ANZCA) Accreditation Visit,
October 2005
(The department passed the accreditation exercise and is recognized for three years of Fellowship of ANZCA  training)

Member of (national) taskforce reviewing Malaysian  Accreditation Standards for Anaesthesia ,
May 2005

Trainee Representative,
ANZCA Malaysian Regional Committee,
October 2005 – September 2006

Malaysian Representative,
ANZCA Trainee Committee,
March 2005 – September 2006.

Specialist-in-charge of Acute Pain Service,
Kuala Lumpur Hospital,
November 2003 - July 2004.

Workshop facilitation and Speaking engagements

“Immersive simulation as a tool for intern preparedness”. Workshop. Clinical School Johor Bahru, Monash University Malaysia, 23rd May, 2018

“Does simulation work?” Lecture. Malaysia SUN workshop, MAHSA University, 25th April, 2018

“Improving patient safety through simulation: Myth or reality?” Lecture. 1st National Symposium On Simulation In Healthcare (NaSSH) 2017. 14th Oct, 2017

“Simulation Masterclass”. Workshop. University of Indonesia, 9th May, 2018

“Debriefing”. Workshop. Malaysian SUN meeting, MAHSA University, 25thApril, 2018

“Scenario Creation”. Workshop. Malaysian SUN meeting, MAHSA University, 24thApril, 2018

“Simulasi 2018” . Workshop. Universiti Putra Malaysia, 18th April, 2018

Committee member “1st Annual Malaysian Society for Simulation in Healthcare Conference” 16th to 17th March, 2018

“Scenario Creation Workshop” SUN meeting, Taylor’s University, 15th to 16th August, 2017

Protem committee member to set up the Malaysian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (MaSSH)

“Crisis for the anaesthetist: Short. Sharp. Intense” Pre-congress workshop Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists/College of Anaesthesiologists Annual Scientific Congress 2017, Clinical School Johor Bahru, Monash University Malaysia.  27th April 2017

Plenary 1 “Simulation Based Education To Improve Patient Safety: Matching Objectives With Resources”. Lecture. International Seminar on Patient Safety, Medan, 27th March, 2017

“Debriefing and scenario creation for beginners”. Workshop. Medan SUN Meeting, Medan, Indonesia. 27th to 28th March, 2017

“Scenario creation and execution” Workshop. Mini Sun Meeting, Penang. 20th to 21st Sept, 2016

“Simulation Based Education To Improve Patient Safety: Matching Objectives With Resources”. Lecture. Mini Sun Meeting, Penang. 20thSept, 2016

“Anaesthesia Crisis Management Workshop” Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists/College of Anaesthesiologists Annual Scientific Congress 2016 & Obstetric Anaesthesia Meeting (a satellite event of the 16th World Congress of the Anaesthesiologists), Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. 25th August 2016

“High risk obstetrics simulation: Make the guidelines come alive!” .Workshop. Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists/College of Anaesthesiologists Annual Scientific Congress 2016 & Obstetric Anaesthesia Meeting (a satellite event of the 16th World Congress of the Anaesthesiologists), Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. 26th August 2016.

Obstetric Anaesthesia Crisis Simulation, Pre-conference Workshop, Annual Scientific Congress, Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologist/College of Anaesthesiologist and 13th Asian Society of Paediatric Anaesthesiologists Congress 11th June, 2015

“Simulation as a tool to teach patient safety”. Lecture. Borneo SUN Meeting, Kota Kinabalu.5th August, 2015

“Teaching medical students crisis management”. Workshop. Borneo SUN meeting 2015, 4th August, 2015.

Obstetric Anaesthesia Crisis Simulation, Pre-conference Workshop, Annual Scientific Congress, Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologist/College of Anaesthesiologist, 3rd April 2014

“Transport of the critically ill patient for pre-interns: A simulation-based module” Short Oral Presentation. SimTect 2014, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia. 25thAugust 2014

Simulation Instructor Course, Allied Health Center of Excellence, Penang, 2-3rd Dec, 2013

“Simulation to upskill the novice: Rationale and sharing of ideas for implementation” 1st National SUN meeting, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia. 3rd July, 2013

“Enough talk - let’s do it! In-simulation debriefing for novices”. Worskhop. 1st National Simulation User Network Meeting, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia, 4th July, 2013

iSTAN Training Workshop, Kuliyyah of Nursing, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa, 17-18th Dec, 2012

“In-simulation Debriefing for Novice Learners” 2nd ASEAN Simulation User Network (SUN) meeting, National University Singapore, Singapore. 9th to 11th July, 2012

Integrating Simulation into the Medical Curriculum: Training the Trainers. Workshop. Department of Anaesthesiology, Kuliyyah of Medicine, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa, 8-9th Nov, 2011

“Integrating Simulation into the Medical Curriculum” 1st ASEAN Simulation User Network (SUN) meeting, Kuala Lumpur. 29th September, 2011