CT Surgery Resident Showdown


A favorite game returned with a new name!

Cardiothoracic surgery residents were invited to prove their knowledge and represent their institutions in the 2022 CT Surgery Resident Showdown, a Jeopardy-style competition of cognitive skills. Two-person teams of residents faced off against one another in a test of knowledge in five cardiothoracic surgery categories: cardiac, congenital, thoracic, history of the specialty, and decision making. 

Congratulations to Kyle Mitchell, MD, and David Nelson, MD, from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center who emerged victorious, defeating semifinalist teams from University of Maryland and Maastricht University Medical Center+ (European champions). 

2023 CT Surgery Resident Showdown Champions

Registration and Qualifications

Who Is Eligible to Participate?
The North American competition is for two-person teams of residents enrolled in an ACGME and/or a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada-approved thoracic surgery residency program. The European competition is for two-person teams enrolled in a cardiac, thoracic, or cardiothoracic trainee program, who will not complete formal training until February 2023 at the earliest (a formal letter of status signed by the program director will be required upon registration for the qualifying exam).

Congenital and ICU residents/fellows, as well as past Jeopardy finalists, are not eligible to participate.

To facilitate the administration of the qualifying exam, each team member must create an account in the STS Web Portal using the same email address as on the registration. 

Qualifying Exam
For the exam, individuals will be given one attempt at answering 60 questions in 20 minutes. Individual scores will be combined for each team, and the top six North American teams will be invited to the live competition at the STSA Annual Meeting being held in November 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The top six European teams will be invited to compete at the EACTS Annual Meeting in October. The winning European and North American teams will compete for the championship title during the STS Annual Meeting in January 2023.

  • All semi-final competition participants will receive STS-branded merchandise.
  • Winners of the semi-finals held at STSA and EACTS will receive a winning CT Masters Showdown prize.
  • Final Showdown runner-up team members will each receive $100.
  • Winners of the Final Showdown will be the 2023 CT Surgery Masters Champions and each receive $500.