Dr. Pete DiPasco, Mercy Clinic surgical oncologist, is among a group of 50 esteemed surgical educators inducted into the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators. This is the prestigious academy’s third cohort of members.
Dr. DiPasco was inducted as an associate member of this academy. He is a distinguished surgical educator whose experience includes being the medical student surgery clerkship director and the department of surgery’s vice chair of education at his former institution, the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. DiPasco recently joined Mercy’s cancer care team. He sees patients at Mercy Clinic Surgical Specialists – Sindelar Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital South and Mercy Clinic Surgical Specialists – Medical Tower B at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.
The academy recognizes surgeon educators who have devoted their careers to surgical education. Individuals are selected following stringent peer review. The academy’s mission is to play a leadership role in advancing the science and practice of education across all surgical specialties, promoting the highest achievements in the lifetimes of surgeons. Membership carries an obligation for commitment to the goals of identifying, recognizing and recruiting innovators and thought leaders committed to advancing lifelong surgical education; translating innovation into actions; offering mentorship to surgeon educators; fostering exchange of creative ideas; disseminating advances in surgical education; and positively impacting the quality of surgical care and patient safety.
In addition to supporting the mission and goals of the Academy, members must actively participate in Academy programs and activities.
“This academy of preeminent surgeon educators has been making landmark contributions to surgical education and is introducing many transformational changes in surgical education and training that will endure into the future,” said Dr. Ajit K. Sachdeva, director of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education.
“One of the academy’s founding principles is to advance the science and practice of surgical education and training. Members have also shown stellar leadership in another key area: responding during a crisis. The work the academy has put forth in identifying educational resources during the COVID-19 pandemic to teach and assess surgical trainees during this crucial time is very important and highly commendable,” said David B. Hoyt, American College of Surgeons executive director.