Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education, was inducted earlier this year as president of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) at the World Congress on Continuing Professional Development in San Diego, CA. Dr. Sachdeva previously served as SACME president-elect and vice-president.
SACME plays a key national and international leadership role in advancing Continuing Medical Education (CME) through research and scholarship. Membership in SACME includes deans of CME from medical schools throughout the U.S. and Canada, CME directors from academic health centers, doctoral-level professional educators, vice-presidents and directors of education from medical and surgical specialty societies, and other stakeholders involved with the fields of CME, quality improvement, and patient safety.
Dr. Sachdeva has made landmark contributions to the evolving field of CME and has focused specifically on the education and training needs of surgeons in practice. His vision and work have led to the development and dissemination of a broad spectrum of standard-setting education, training, verification, validation, and accreditation programs that are aimed at promoting excellence and expertise in surgery. He is currently pursuing the development of a national system to address the training and retraining needs of surgeons at various stages of their professional careers. Dr. Sachdeva also is adjunct professor of surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.
Dr. Sachdeva received his medical training at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He completed a surgery residency at the Hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania (MCP), 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, Philadelphia, PA. He also was 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 (dually affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine) for 10 years. Dr. Sachdeva has served as chair of the Committee on Surgical Education of the Society of University Surgeons and as chair of the Education Subcommittee (Study Section) of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Sachdeva has received many prestigious awards for his contributions to surgical and medical education. He has published widely in eminent peer-reviewed journals on educational topics and has delivered invited presentations across the U.S. and in Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan.
Dr. Sachdeva has served as president of several national professional organizations, including the Association for Surgical Education, American Association for Cancer Education, Alliance for Clinical Education, and Council of Medical Specialty Societies.