The ASiT Silver Scalpel Award has been recognising excellence in surgical training since 2000. It is awarded annually to inspirational trainers who have scored highly across five categories: leadership, resourcefulness, training and development, professionalism, and communication.
This year, the award was handed to Medical Realities co-founder Dr Shafi Ahmed, who received recognition for supporting students pastorally as well as professionally by helping them to settle into their new team and working environment, often in a new country with different cultures.
Ajit Abraham, Consultant HPB Surgeon and Group Director Surgery and Cancer, Barts Health NHS Trust, said: “I am delighted that Mr Ahmed’s outstanding contribution to developing trainee surgeons has been recognised and celebrated by our well-respected colleagues at The Association of Surgeons in Training.
Professor Anthony Warrens, Dean for Education, Queen Mary University of London, comments: “Mr Ahmed is a passionate and dedicated surgical tutor and we are very proud to have him on board training the next generation of doctors and delighted to see his contribution recognised by The Association of Surgeons in Training. This award is hugely deserved, and reflects Mr Ahmed’s position as one of our most innovative and forward-thinking teachers.”
Dr Shafi said “It is a privilege to have been chosen to receive the Silver Scalpel Award. Above all, I am humbled at having been nominated by my students; it is a great honour to know that they value my support.”