Dr. Hamita Sachar selected for the ASGE GI Organization Leadership Development Program

Hamita Sachar, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Digestive Diseases) and Vice Chief of Gastroenterology (GI), has been recognized as a National Rising Leader by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE ), who recently selected Sachar for his GI organization. Leadership Development Program (GOLD).

“I am very excited to further develop my leadership skills to continue to support the growth of the section,” said Sachar, who is also associate chief of GI for the Digestive Health Services Line at Yale New Haven Health. “This program is about building skills, networking and growing my national reputation as a leader in IG. »

Sachar was one of 15 gastroenterologists selected nationally to participate in the 12-month program, which is run by ASGE in partnership with the Association for Physician Leadership. The GOLD program aims to enhance the leadership and career development of mid-career ASGE members. Participants are offered a range of activities and learning opportunities that cover strategic communication skills, practice management issues, negotiation skills, financial acumen and conflict resolution.

Sachar recently completed the Emerging Leaders and Advanced Emerging Leaders programs at Yale, jointly conducted by Yale School of Medicine, Yale New Haven Health System, and Yale School of Management. Additionally, in 2018, she was selected for ASGE’s Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) course, which supports the development of promising female leaders in gastroenterology. The GOLD program felt like a “natural next step” and she is excited to hone her leadership training in a way that suits the unique nature of gastroenterology.

“I’m interested to see what strategic growth looks like for GI, how to lead gastroenterologists, and how to successfully lead academic practices in particular,” Sachar said. “When you’re an academic, you’re always pulled in so many directions. You must educate, do research, be innovative, see patients, and also be an active citizen in the wider academic community. Leading and supporting doctors who have to manage these different priorities is not easy, so it will be interesting to see how this course will help me learn more about how to do it. ”

As Vice Chief of GI, Sachar focuses on the depth and breadth of gastrointestinal care with the support of Section Chief Loren Laine, MD. Sachar said the primary mission of the section is to build a cohesive, productive, and mission-driven faculty that provides exceptional care and pushes the frontiers of medicine. “It’s easy to say,” said Sachar, “but the efforts to recruit, support and develop talent are enormous. It requires leadership, aligned priorities, and excellent clinical and research infrastructure.

Sachar, who came to Yale as an intern in 2008, rose to her current leadership position by taking initiative and identifying opportunities for improvement. “I never focused on racking up titles or getting a specific position,” she said. “I have always sought to improve healthcare systems and support the growth of the section. When I started, I said, “I’m going to fix this endoscopy program because it’s ineffective. I wasn’t recruited as a leader, but I took it upon myself to fix it. As opportunities present themselves, I will go where they take me – but the next step must be driven by something more than just financial or reputational gain.

While providing care to an individual is incredibly rewarding for Sachar, she said greater satisfaction comes from improving the quality of care for a broader patient population through leadership and organizational change. . “It’s more satisfying and serves Yale’s core mission. It’s something you can be proud of, something that will leave a legacy. I want to leave a mark and make sure that mark is well worth all the effort that goes into it,” Sachar said.

Since forming one of the nation’s first hepatology and then gastroenterology sections more than 50 years ago, Yale’s Digestive Diseases Section has had a lasting impact on research and clinical care in the disorders gastrointestinal and hepatic. To learn more about their work, visit Digestive diseases.

Virginia S. Braud