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Bristol Surgeon Receives RCSEd Honour

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09 Sep 2013


L-R Prof Woodwards, Prof Sandhu, PRCSEd Mr Ian Ritchie

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) has recognised the achievements of a urological surgeon from Bristol at a diploma ceremony that was held at the 500-year-old Edinburgh College on Friday 6 September 2013.


Postgraduate Dean of Severn Postgraduate Medical Education, Professor Davinder Sandhu was awarded the Bruce Medal in recognition of the contribution he has made in the advancement of surgical education. The Bruce Medal was established by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1966 in memory of the late Sir John Bruce, a former President of the College. The Medal is awarded from time to time to a Fellow of the College in recognition of a major contribution to surgical knowledge or teaching.


Explaining more about Professor Sandhu’s nomination to receive the Bruce Medal, Professor Robert Woodwards from the College’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Specialty Group said:


"Professor Sandhu has been Lead Dean for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for the last four years, as well as Lead Dean for the interface specialties. In these roles, he has been greatly involved in development of a new curriculum for the specialty, which has now had GMC approval, and has also guided the development and implementation of central recruitment to the specialty.


"He has also provided great support in the development of the interface specialties (cleft lip and palate; head and neck cancer care; cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and trauma) and has fought for funding and grants in these Fellowships to allow expanded training opportunities.


"He continues to contribute to postgraduate education nationally and internationally; has published over 40 original papers, and is editor and reviewer of several journals. For many years Professor Sandhu has worked tirelessly to improve standards in medical education, and through that, patient care. I commend him as a worthy recipient of this honour.”


Prof Davinder Sandhu receives Bruce Medal from RCSEd President Mr Ian RitchiePresident of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Mr Ian Ritchie added:


"RCSEd has a long history of innovation and advancement and Professor Sandhu’s contribution exemplifies this quality. I take great pleasure in presenting him with the Bruce Medal to mark his outstanding contributions to surgical education, training and surgical advancement."


Established in 1505, and with a worldwide membership, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is one of the world’s oldest and largest surgical establishments dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement in surgical and dental practice, through its activities in education, training and examinations.


At the diploma ceremony, Professor Sandhu was joined by surgeons from around the globe who travelled to Edinburgh to receive Fellowship and Membership diplomas in recognition of their success in achieving the required standards of the rigorous surgical examinations.


Commenting on receiving the Bruce Medal from the College, Professor Sandhu said:


“I feel hugely honoured and humbled by this award. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is a leading College with a particular focus on surgical education and training, and to receive the Bruce Medal is the pinnacle of my career and I am absolutely delighted to receive this. May I take this opportunity to thank the College, Prof Bob Woodwards and all the Interface Committees who have contributed so much to make these fellowships a great success.”

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