Whoo…mann…what??

Thank you for visiting my blog and reading my reflections. In an era where demanding attention has instant monetary reward, my reward would be a lasting connection and an enduring conversation. Hi there. My name is Homam (Alba)ghdadi. I know it is hard to pronounce. In fact, it is phonetically different from the way it is written. Don’t blame me, it’s a linguistic limitation. My high school English teacher managed to call me Holman for 2 years.

I am (I’d like to think) a passionate general dentist and hospitalist with an expansive interest in health professions education research. It fascinates me. Perhaps because it engages me on a deeper conceptual level. May be it is inherent in my interest in psychology and sociology. I come from a basic science, and immunology backgrounds.  I have spent 14+ year in academia between undergrad/grad schools, research, and professional training. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Every stage was a building block towards what I envision my ethos and future endeavours to be. It requires a lot of introspection, retrospection, and even “outro”spection, if there is such a thing. And I would be remiss if I did not recognize my “support system”; My family, friends and mentors who continually challenge me and test my vulnerabilities.

I am currently pursuing a masters in health practitioner teacher education, informed by a fellowship in ambulatory care education. And, I am not gonna lie, but I am flirting with the idea of a PhD in the same realm. If you are already thinking “he’s going to be a student all his life”, well, you’d only be repeating what my dad says every other week. But I blame it on the high caliber of education and research here in Canada. It is just that enticing. We are really lucky to live here. Education was undoubtedly formative to my identity is a Canadian.

When I reflect on what my teaching philosophy might look or sound like, I recognize that I cannot treat it as a static entity, but rather a dynamic, evolving process. I am attracted to Charmazian social constructivist philosophy, believe in the co-construction of knowledge and attempt to be cognizant of contextual elements that might impact my teaching. I like to think that I would adopt an eclectic method of teaching, drawing inspiration from different fields of study (Arts, Engineering, Business etc). I fundamentally believe teaching should be a conversation instead of a monologue, evidence-based instead of pseudoscience, while at the same time recognizing the relevance of those “traditional”, time-enduring modalities. To this end, I am drawn to the construct of reflexivity in which, as Bourdieu framed it, one is to take two steps back from the process (i.e. teaching), one to objectively evaluate it, and the other to reflect on that very observation. Therefore, my goal is to be aware of own impact on the process and for that to guide my own evolution and what I aspire to change in my context.

If you think this is romanticism, I think you’re giving me too much credit.

Homam