2022 STS Boot Camp

Event dates
Chicago, Illinois

The resident Boot Camp returns in 2022 as an in-person event hosted by STS!

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

A call for nominations was sent to program directors on Wednesday, April 27, at 1:00 p.m. ET. 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). Submission does not guarantee participation. Notifications of acceptance will be sent in late June. If you do not receive a confirmation message of your resident nomination for Boot Camp within three 3 business days, email the STS Education Department

Who is eligible to participate?
First-year residents at traditional 2- and 3-year programs who start July/August 2022, and fourth-year residents at integrated programs as of July/August 2022.

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 2022 registration fee is $1,000 per resident. Program Directors will be notified by STS in mid-June if their resident is accepted to this year's Boot Camp and invoiced $1,000 to cover the registration fee.  

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 ($121 per night, first come, first-served). 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, September 29 through Sunday, October 2. It is at the program’s discretion whether or not each participant requires lodging for more than three nights.

Course Agenda

This year’s training sessions include*: 

  • Cardiac: Cardiopulmonary Bypass Skills 
  • Cardiac: Vessel Anastomosis Training 
  • Thoracic: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopies 
  • Thoracic: Open Lobectomy/Hilar Dissection 
  • Thoracic: Robotic Lobectomy/Hilar Dissection 
  • Cardiac: Wire Skills and TAVR 
  • Aortic Valve Surgery  
  • Aortic Root Surgery  
  • Mitral Valve Surgery  

*Subject to change 

Contact the STS Education Department