Dr Ashokka Balakrishnan is an anaesthesiologist (NUH) and medical educationalist (CenMed, NUS) with 12 years’ experience in high fidelity simulation based undergraduate, post graduate medical and allied acute care teaching.
He has a Fellowship of the Australia New Zealand College of Anaesthesiologists (FANZCA), a European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia (EDRA) and a Masters in Health professions educations (MHPE) from Maastricht, Netherlands.
His special interests are in postgraduate exam support, simulation based postgraduate and undergraduate education, Inter professional education through acute care simulation and multidisciplinary team training. He has conducted international workshops in simulation, airway and crisis management for acute care practitioners, trauma teams, anaesthesiologists and nursing delegates, as well as medical education faculty development programmes in USA, Taiwan, Philippines, China, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and India.
He is the reviewer of the Advances in Health Sciences Education, Anaesthesia & Analgesia and the Singapore Medical journal.
Educational research (completed):
Exam smartness: predicting exam success in post graduate leaners in Singapore (BMJ simulation, first revision ongoing review)
The effect of work-based assessments on learning in anaesthesia residency: qualitative inquiry (Primary investigator: Prof Chen, submitted as thesis for MHPE, Netherlands)
Best workshop award (Oct 2015, Pan Asia Society of Simulation in health care Conference, KL)
Undergraduate teacher excellence award 2015; (Anaesthesia , AY 2014-2015)
Reviewer recognition award 2015 from SMJ (for outstanding roles as a reviewer –year 2015
NICE grant awarded, Comprehensive cardiac anaesthesia simulation 2015-2016 year