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advocacy Update
As Congress begins to determine appropriations levels for FY25, STS will continue to advocate for robust funding for critical government programs, which are vital for advancing patient care and medical research.
2 min read
Derek Brandt, JD, STS Advocacy
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advocacy

In March, Congress passed its annual appropriations package for fiscal year (FY) 2024, allocating nearly $2 trillion to fund the government through September 30, 2024. This package includes resources for essential government agencies and research programs that drive medical advances, enhance care quality, and disseminate best practices.

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Derek Brandt, JD, STS Advocacy
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women's history month

Cardiothoracic surgery has historically been dominated by men. Yet the narrative of women in the specialty is one of groundbreaking achievements, perseverance, and resilience. 

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Jennifer C. Romano, MD, MS
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changing jobs
Cardiothoracic surgeons often are faced with desirable opportunities to change institutions. Melanie Edwards, MD, a member of the STS Career Development Communications Task Force explains, it's important to take your time weighing the pros and cons. The worst thing you can do is get swept up in the moment and make a decision too quickly. 
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Melanie Edwards, MD
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advocacy
STS explains Change Healthcare's recent cyberattack – and how it impacted claims submission and payment.
2 min read
Molly Peltzman, STS Advocacy
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retirement planning
There are many profound changes and considerations during the early stages of your career. Planning for retirement is one that needs your time and attention now. 
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Olugbenga Okusanya, MD
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mentorship
The education of medical students and residents is critical for the future growth and improvement in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. Early career cardiothoracic surgeons need to be involved in helping the next generation of surgeons establish and advance their careers. In this article, learn about ways you can get involved.
4 min read
Robert M. Van Haren, MD
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Advocacy alert
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule aimed at reforming the prior authorization (PA) process. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that these changes will result in approximately $15 billion in savings for physician practices over the next decade. 
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Molly Peltzman, STS Advocacy
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ai and lung cancer screenings
Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in the U.S. Early detection of lung cancer through low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening has been shown to significantly reduce lung cancer mortality in high-risk populations and is currently recommended annually by the U.S.
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Chi-Fu Jeffrey Yang, MD
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lung preservation
While expanding geographic boundaries will ultimately enable better organ and recipient matching, it poses inherent challenges to organ preservation.
3 min read
Brandon A. Guenthart, MD
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executive coach

Physicians undergo extensive technical training to develop the required expertise for the responsible care of patients. Cardiothoracic surgery training is narrow and deep and rarely addresses skills necessary for effective communication, the cultivation of self-awareness, listening, and what it takes to build high-performing teams. Dr. Frank Rosinia and Dr.

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Dr. Dawn Hui and Dr. Frank Rosinia
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lung cancer
Dr. Blackmon shares her inspiration for becoming a thoracic surgeon and underscores the importance of lung cancer screenings.
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Shanda H. Blackmon, MD, MPH