Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Director of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education, delivered the Ira A. Ferguson, MD, Lecture at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, in April. The title of Dr. Sachdeva’s presentation was Preparation of Residents for Independent Practice: Challenges, Opportunities, and New Directions. The presentation focused on issues involving the preparation of surgery residents for independent practice, new directions in residency education and training in surgery, and national programs to address transitions in surgical careers.
This annual lectureship was established in honor of Dr. Ferguson (1896–1970), a Fellow of the ACS and a renowned colon-rectal surgeon in Atlanta. Dr. Ferguson served as chief of surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and played a pioneering role in integrating Grady, Emory, and Atlanta Veterans Affairs hospitals to create the Emory University-affiliated program.