Event dates
Aug 24–27, 2023
Marriott Chicago O’Hare Hotel
An experiential foundation and hands-on practice in basic cardiothoracic operating skills for first-year residents.


The STS Boot Camp is designed to provide an experiential foundation and hands-on practice in basic cardiothoracic operating skills. Resident participants will receive expert instruction and utilize simulators that enhance the learning experience by replicating real-world cases and emergency scenarios.

Resident attendees will meet their 20-hour simulation requirement mandated by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Other benefits include:

  • Exposure to a simulated OR environment for cardiac and general thoracic procedures facilitated by CT surgery leaders
  • Extensive one-on-one interaction with CT surgery leaders from around the country

View the agenda.

A call for nominations was sent to program directors by email on Tuesday, April 11. Nominations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and 60 spots are available for participation (programs may designate more than one eligible resident). Nominations closed on May 10, at 11:59 p.m. ETSubmission does not guarantee participation. Notifications will be sent after the close date. 


    Who is eligible to participate?
    First-year residents at traditional 2- and 3-year programs who start July/August 2023, and fourth-year residents at integrated programs as of July/August 2023.

    What information is required?
    Resident’s name, PGY, program track (traditional, I6, or 4/3), personal email address, institutional email address (if available). 

    Registration and Travel

    Registration Fees

    The 2023 registration fee is $1,000 per resident. Program Directors will be notified by STS if their resident was accepted to this year's Boot Camp and invoiced $1,000 to cover the registration fee. Questions? Contact the STS Education Department.

    Travel and Housing

    Programs are responsible for covering all travel-related expenses (airfare and ground transportation) and lodging expenses at the Marriott Chicago O’Hare. Programs also are responsible for making all travel arrangements and hotel reservations. A housing link to make reservations at the Marriott Chicago O’Hare will be provided after resident participation is confirmed. Residents are expected to stay a minimum of three nights from Thursday, August 24 through Sunday, August 27. It is at the program’s discretion whether or not each participant requires lodging for more than three nights.

    Exhibitor Opportunities

    Download the exhibitor prospectus and view the opportunities to network with cardiothoracic surgery residents at Boot Camp. 


    Ethical MedTech Compliance
    Boot Camp has been assessed by Ethical MedTech and is PROVISIONALLY COMPLIANT with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice.