Annual Meeting FAQ

General Questions 

Is the meeting in person or online?

The STS 59th Annual Meeting will take place in person at the San Diego Convention Center in California, and will feature thought-provoking lectures, late-breaking research, immersive surgical videos, and the outstanding didactic educational programs you’ve come to expect. Hands-On Courses, the President’s Reception, the Exhibit Hall, and some select events will be offered only at the in-person conference. 

For those who cannot travel to San Diego, a digital option is available. The digital option, called Plenary Livestream-Plus, includes access to on-demand recordings of nearly all the content delivered during the meeting, plus the opportunity to view four plenary sessions and the Presidential Address as they happen via livestream. 

Both in-person and Livestream-Plus registrants receive access to the recorded meeting content (“Annual Meeting Online”), which will be added to the meeting website within a few days of the event and remain available for 1 year. 

Where will the meeting take place?

All educational programming for the STS 59th Annual Meeting will take place at: 

San Diego Convention Center
111 W Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

How and where do I book a hotel stay?

Exclusive discounted rates are available when you reserve your hotel through the Society’s room block. Book early as certain hotels have limited availability. You must register for the Annual Meeting before reserving a room in the STS room block.

Which is the headquarters hotel?

The headquarters hotel for STS 2023 is the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. More information can be found on the Annual Meeting Registration & Hotel website.

Will transportation be provided from the official STS hotels to the convention center?

No. All of the STS hotels are located within walking distance of the San Diego Convention Center. 

What is Plenary Livestream-Plus?

Plenary Livestream-Plus is a virtual-only registration option for those who cannot travel to San Diego. It includes the opportunity to view four plenary sessions and the Presidential Address in real time via livestream, plus access to nearly all the content delivered during the meeting. Session recordings will be added to the meeting website within a few days of the event, for viewing on demand. Livestream-Plus purchasers will have access to these recordings for 1 year. Continuing medical education credit will be available. 

Is Plenary Livestream-Plus the same as Annual Meeting Online?

No. Plenary Livestream-Plus is an enhanced offering that includes five presentations streamed live during the Annual Meeting, in addition to the recorded archive of most Annual Meeting content. Like Annual Meeting Online, it guarantees access to the meeting content for 1 year after the event. Anyone who purchases Annual Meeting Online (available after January 23) will have access to all session recordings, but will not be able to participate in the livestreamed plenary sessions during the conference. 

How much does registration cost?

Visit the STS 2023 Pricing page for details. Early bird registration rates are available until October 13, 2022. 

What type of continuing education credit is available?

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

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons designates this other activity (blended live and enduring material) for a maximum of 77.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants (PAs) may claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing this activity. 

I registered to attend in person but would like to switch to Plenary Livestream-Plus. How do I change my registration?

Send a message to the STS Registration and Hotel Support Center and a representative will assist you in transferring your registration.

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Onsite Questions

Can I register when I arrive?

Advance registration is strongly recommended, however onsite registration will be available every day, Friday, January 20, through Monday, January 23.

What COVID precautions are you taking?

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons follows the guidance of The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as it relates to COVID-19 and other communicable diseases along with local requirements to meet safely. Requirements are subject to change. 

With your STS 2023 registration, you are committing to:

  • Following CDC guidelines and San Diego/Convention Center health and safety protocols
  • Canceling your in-person attendance at STS 2023 if you test positive for COVID within 7 days of arrival or if you are showing COVID symptoms such as (but not limited to) fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, unusual fatigue, sore throat, headache, and/or loss or change in smell or taste
  • Getting tested for COVID if you have any symptoms after arrival
  • Self-quarantining if you test positive for COVID after you arrive in San Diego

Participants are expected to be fully vaccinated, though you will not be required to show documentation of your vaccination status. Face masks are welcome and strongly encouraged—though not required—at STS 2023. Participants are asked to respect the choices made by their fellow attendees regarding masks and social distancing. 

When is the Exhibit Hall open?

Exhibit hall hours are:  

  • Saturday, January 21, 2:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. PT
  • Sunday, January 22, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PT
  • Monday, January 23, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PT

The Exhibit Hall Opening Reception and Poster Event will be held on Saturday, January 21, 4:45 p.m.–6:15 p.m. PT. The CT Surgery Masters Showdown semi-finals will take place on Sunday, January 22, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PT. 

Product Theaters hosted by industry also will take place during regular Exhibit Hall hours. 

When is the Presidential Address?

John H. Calhoon, MD, will deliver his presidential address on Sunday, January 22, at 10:10 a.m. PT (the plenary session will begin at 10:00 a.m. PT).

Which events require an additional ticket?

Hands-On Courses, the Presidents Reception, and the Extraordinary Women in Cardiothoracic Surgery Awards Breakfast each require an additional ticket that can be purchased during Annual Meeting registration.

When is the Presidents Reception?

STS will celebrate the terms of Presidents Joseph A. Dearani, MD,  Sean C. Grondin, MD, MPH, FRCSC, and John H. Calhoon, MD—those who have led STS from afar and have long anticipated a face-to-face reunion with the cardiothoracic surgery community—during a reception on Saturday, January 22. This distinctive event takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. PT at Coasterra, San Diego’s premier bayfront venue, featuring a floating reception hall and a skyline lounge. Complimentary shuttles will transport attendees from STS hotels and the convention center. Purchase a ticket when registering for the meeting; don’t delay, as space is limited.

When is the Extraordinary Women in Cardiothoracic Surgery Award Breakfast?

The Awards Breakfast will take place Saturday, January 21, 2023, 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. PT. The event is open to all in-person meeting registrants, but a ticket is required and can be purchased during Annual Meeting registration.

What is the dress code?

Dress is business casual. Check the current weather report for San Diego, California.

Virtual Experience

How do I access the Livestream and recorded content?

All registrants will receive an email approximately 1 week before the Annual Meeting with instructions for joining the plenary session livestreams.

No on-demand content will be available prior to the meeting. As sessions occur and the recordings are created, they will be added to the meeting website for viewing. Most session recordings should be available within 48 hours of taking place and stay online for 1 year. 

In what time zone are the plenary sessions live-streamed?

The meeting schedule is displayed in Pacific Time. During the live event, the virtual platform will display all times in your local time zone.

What content is included with Plenary Livestream-Plus?

Plenary Livestream-Plus includes nearly all of the content presented during STS 2023, with the exception of hands-on courses and special events. Plenary sessions (which include the Vivien Thomas Lecture, the C. Walton Lillehei Lecture, Thomas B. Ferguson Lecture, and the Chamberlain papers) and the Presidential Address will be streamed live and can be viewed in real time. All other sessions will be recorded and available on demand in the meeting website. Recordings will be available to all registrants for 1 year. This provides a subsequent opportunity to earn significantly more continuing medical education credit beyond what you can earn during the live event.