February 17, 2011

Medical Education Grand Rounds, "Improving the Quality of Surgical Care through Education and Training," Tuesday, March 1, Noon

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
The Office for Teaching and Learning in Medicine, & The Academy for Excellence in Teaching
are proud to present

Medical Education Grand Rounds:
“Improving the Quality of Surgical Care through Education and Training”

Ajit K. Sachdeva, M.D.,
Division of Education
American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL

Tuesday, March 1
 Noon - 1 p.m., 208 Light Hall

Please register to attend: http://sitemason.vanderbilt.edu/form/ef771K

Ajit K. Sachdeva, M.D., is the founding director of the Division of Education at the American College of Surgeons. He has established this new division, which is responsible for the development and implementation of contemporary and innovative educational programs for surgeons, surgical residents, and medical students.

He has launched new initiatives to address the core competencies in surgery, pursue innovative education to enhance the quality of surgical care, expand the repertoire of experiential learning programs, offer distance education, advance the use of simulations and simulators in surgery, and evaluate educational outcomes. Under Sachdeva’s leadership, several major initiatives have been launched, including a Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes (Simulation Centers), redesign of the Annual Clinical Congress, establishment of a Program for Verification of Knowledge and Skills, and development of innovative self-assessment, continuous professional development and competency-based education programs. He has initiated several national research and development projects in surgical education. He is also adjunct professor of Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

Prior to joining the college, Sachdeva was the Leon Sunstein, Jr., Professor of Medical and Health Sciences Education and Professor and Vice Chairman for Educational Affairs, Department of Surgery, at the MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He had also held the positions of associate dean for Medical Education and director of an Academic Center for Educational Excellence, and served as chairman of three successive medical school education/curriculum committees for 12 years. He established a Division of Surgical Education and a Fellowship Program in Surgical Education.

Sachdeva served as chief of Surgical Services at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center for more than eight years, during which he planned and directed the expansion of tertiary care services staffed by two medical schools (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine). He established a Regional Network Health Care Program for Women Veterans, for which he received the Gold Medal in the Excellence in Government Awards Program, the National Performance Review Award of the Vice President of the United States and an Award of the Deputy Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sachdeva was awarded the Distinguished Educator Award by the Association for Surgical Education. He has received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Blockley-Osler Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, the Board of Trustees’ Award for Teaching Excellence and Golden Apple Awards for teaching excellence. He has received the Frances M. Maitland Award from the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education. He has conducted national and international courses and workshops and delivered presentations on educational topics in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan.

He has been the recipient of major educational grants and has published widely in peer-reviewed journals on a variety of educational topics. Sachdeva is a member of the American Surgical Association. He has chaired the Committee on Surgical Education of the Society of University Surgeons and served on the board of governors of the American College of Surgeons. He has also served as chairman of the Scientific Review Group Education Subcommittee (study section) of the National Cancer Institute. Sachdeva has served as a member of the executive committee of the board of directors of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, and is currently a member of the board of directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


Boxed lunches will be provided for participants who register by Friday, Feb. 25.

CME Credit:
Sponsored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Department of Office of Teaching and Learning in Medicine.

VUSM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Vanderbilt School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

It is the policy of VUSM to require disclosure of financial relationships from individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity; to identify and resolve conflicts of interest related to those relationships; and to make disclosure information available to the audience prior to the CME activity. Presenters are required to disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentations.

Don Moore, Ph.D., course director, has no financial relationships to disclose. Sachdeva, presenter, has no financial relationships to disclose.

This educational activity received no commercial support.