STS Clinical Care E-Learning Modules

Choose one or all four modules!

The Society launched a new series of clinical care e-learning modules as part of its ongoing efforts to create relevant online continuing education materials for cardiothoracic surgeons and their teams, as well as to help them meet state licensure requirements.

Featuring audio, text, and images, each module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, includes pre- and post-tests, and offers CME credit or a certificate of participation.

Pricing Per Module

  • $50 for STS Members
  • $75 for Non-Members

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All modules expire January 2, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. 

Breaking Bad News

End-of-life decisions and discussions are always difficult, and the associated issues and strategies are often not well outlined or taught optimally to trainees and ancillary health care providers. This module explores those issues and provides guidance on strategies for navigating end-of-life care with patients and their families.

Cultural Competencies

This module provides guidance on how to deliver care that addresses not only patients’ medical needs, but also their social and cultural expectations. It covers topics such as sensitivity to religion, gender differences, distrust of the healthcare system, and language barriers.


This module helps viewers analyze a variety of ethically complex situations in which more than one option may seem reasonable or in which there is disagreement between the surgeon and patient or family on how to proceed.

Shared Decision-Making

A patient’s active participation is a key factor in establishing a strong physician-patient relationship. This module discusses scenarios that will help cardiothoracic surgeons overcome misperceptions about shared decision-making and understand the importance of involving patients when making decisions about treatment options.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons designates these online enduring activities for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per module. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.