Sanda Tan, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of surgery at University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine, was appointed to the UF Society of Teaching Scholars. She is the only UF surgeon to join the Society.
Tan is a board-certified colorectal surgeon who spends a significant portion of her time teaching medical students and residents. She leads a specialized program designed to prepare fourth-year medical students who are entering surgical residencies and oversees simulation activities through the College of Medicine.
“Surgeons are really into teaching. It’s a big portion of what I do, and I enjoy it.” Tan said. “It’s nice to be recognized.”
Current members of the Society select new members based on nominations and educational contributions.
“People who devote a portion of their time to education deserve recognition,” said George Sarosi, M.D., Robert H. Hux professor in the UF Department of Surgery and a Society member. “Dr. Tan has contributed significantly to the education of our medical students and surgery residents.”
The Society’s members are recognized experts who demonstrate excellence in teaching and commitment to educating physicians and scientists. They play an active role in the quality improvement process of the educational program, and also serve as mentors and role models for junior faculty, residents and students. Additionally, Society members are advisors for the Faculty Development Committee and the College of Medicine Education Center.