Dr. Amita Sudhir has been awarded the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The criteria for the candidates is that they must have the “[c]haracteristics that may exemplify teaching excellence include being outstanding as a classroom instructor, laboratory research mentor, small group discussion leader, dissection group tutor, clinical instructor, student advisor, curriculum innovator, course director, student advocate, or director of student research. GME activities are not appropriate criteria for this award.” There is a packet that has to be assembled, reviewed and submitted by a student to the Dean’s office. Then the packet is reviewed by a long list of distinguished members of the academic community leading to the selection. This award is recognition and appreciation by the students she has instructed and their admiration for her is solidified by the Dean’s office recognizing her dedication and passion by awarding her this year’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Sudhir has been focused and driven by her passion for medicine from her years at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Biology to the years that followed with Medical School, Residency, and fellowship here at the University of Virginia. Since completing her fellowship, Dr. Sudhir has taken her efforts to new levels cumulating with her recent selection by the Chair of Emergency Medicine and approval by the school to take the reigns as the Program Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Residency program from Dr. William Woods. Prior to this position, she has led the 3rd year Emergency Medicine Clerkship, she was also the Assistant Program Director for the Residency program, Co-Director for the medical education fellowship, and the Director for the GME Institutional Lecture Series.
These positions are on top of her time spent as an Emergency Medicine Physician
in the Emergency Department at the University of Virginia Hospital which has been ranked as the #1 hospital in
Virginia by US News and World Report. As a member of the UVA Emergency Department team, she is cares for patients regardless of their walk or path of life, socioeconomic status, education, or age. As a physician educator, she takes the opportunities at the bedside of the patient, the desk side in the physician workspace, or the table side over coffee to teach through discussions, instruction, and conversations students at all levels the value of caring for and providing care to the patient.
Taking the whole physician educator into consideration, Dr. Amita Sudhir has been acknowledged and award the 2018 UVA School of Medicine, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Congratulations for a job well done!