The Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education, Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, has received the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Healthcare Simulation. The SSH president, Mary E. Mancini, PhD, RN, FAAN, and the immediate past-president of SSH, Michael Seropian, MD, FRCPC, presented the award to Dr. Sachdeva during the opening ceremony of the recent Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, in San Diego, CA. SSH—a multidisciplinary national organization with a sizable international membership—promotes simulation to achieve excellence in medical, surgical, and health care education, and in practice and research.
The award recognizes Dr. Sachdeva’s innovative work and national leadership in advancing simulation-based education and training. Several major accomplishments of Dr. Sachdeva were mentioned, including his leadership in establishing the ACS Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes (Simulation Centers). Under Dr. Sachdeva’s leadership, the ACS Division of Education continues to address a broad range of core competencies in surgery, including cognitive skills, technical skills, communication, teamwork, and systems-based practice, through state-of-the-art simulations.
“The efforts of the ACS Division of Education are specifically designed to promote excellence and expertise in surgery. We have received national and international recognition for these innovative programs,” said Dr. Sachdeva.
Dr. Sachdeva received his medical training at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. He completed a surgery residency at the Hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and has held specialty certification in surgery since 1981. Dr. Sachdeva has participated in the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Leaders in Medical Education. Before joining the College, Dr. Sachdeva was the Leon C. Sunstein, Jr., Professor of Medical and Health Science Education and professor and vice-chairman for educational affairs, department of surgery, at the MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, PA. He was also associate dean for medical education and director of the Academic Center for Educational Excellence at that institution. In addition, Dr. Sachdeva served as chief of surgical services at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center for more than eight years. He has received many prestigious awards for his landmark contributions to surgical and medical education and has served as president of several national professional organizations.
Dr. Sachdeva is also an adjunct professor of surgery at The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.