Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education, delivered the Bruce E. Spivey, MD, Lecture in Risk Management and Patient Safety to a capacity crowd at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in Chicago, IL. In his presentation, titled Transitions, Vulnerabilities, and Patient Safety, Dr. Sachdeva highlighted unique opportunities to improve patient safety and quality of care through innovative education and training. He emphasized the need to focus on the many transitions during the professional careers of surgeons, as well as transitions in patient care.
This annual lectureship honors Dr. Spivey, a Fellow of the ACS and an internationally renowned ophthalmologist and surgical educator. Dr. Spivey has served in key leadership roles in his career, including as chief executive officer (CEO) of several major health care systems and president of key professional societies; from 1976−1992, he served as founding executive vice-president and CEO of the AAO. The AAO is an umbrella organization that provides leadership and continuing education to the ophthalmologic profession.
In his ACS role, Dr. Sachdeva is responsible for the development and implementation of innovative educational programs for surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, and members of surgical teams. He has introduced many innovations in surgical education and training, and is an internationally recognized leader in this field.