Dr Ashokka Balakrishnan is a Consultant Anaesthesiologist and Simulation Program Director (anaesthesia division) at National University Hospital and CenMed Associate at Centre for Medical Education (CenMed), National University Singapore.
He has a Fellowship of the Australia New Zealand College of Anaesthesiologists (FANZCA), an European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia (EDRA) and a Masters in Health Professions Educations (MHPE) from Maastricht, Netherlands.
He has 12 years of experience in high fidelity simulation based undergraduate, postgraduate medical and allied acute care teaching. He is the module lead for MHPE program for the Maastricht-Singapore Collaboration at the Academy of Medicine, Singapore. He is module coordinator for Interprofessional Education Training in Patient Safety (IPE-PSW) for Medical, Nursing and Pharmacy undergraduates and interprofessional Team training (TEAM STEPPS) for health care practitioners at NUH. He supports the faculty mentoring for faculty training in Enabling Quality Improvement in Clinical Practice (EQUIP) projects.
His special interests are 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 and medical education faculty development programs in USA, Taiwan, Philippines, China, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia & India.
He is the reviewer of the Advances in Health Sciences Education, Anesthesia & Analgesia and the Singapore Medical journal.