19th Annual Perioperative and Critical Care Conference - Online

The 19th Annual Perioperative and Critical Care Conference was a great success! If you missed the live event, you now can purchase access to the digital archive. STS members receive a discounted rate.

19th Annual Perioperative and Critical Care Conference Online
This activity features archived video-based content that was presented as part of the 19th Annual Perioperative and Critical Care Conference in September 2022. The course is designed for the entire team of health professionals who want to learn about the latest techniques and management strategies in cardiovascular and thoracic (CVT) critical care and enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS). Eight sessions address topics like ERAS in various scenarios—including the patient’s perspective—as well as maximizing multidisciplinary cooperation, ICU dilemmas, and a session on the shock team and MCS/ECMO management. 

Access to the content and the opportunity to claim continuing education credits will be available until September 30, 2023.

Conference Attendees: To access the library of on-demand content, log into the STS Learning Center. Then go to “In Progress” courses on the dashboard or look in the “My Activities” tab.

E-Poster Winners

Congratulations to the following e-poster presenters:

Best Overall: 
Thomas Knapp
Medical Student at University of Central Florida College of Medicine 
“Dexmedetomidine Withdrawal in Pediatric and Cardiac ICU Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” 

Best Team Theme:
Brett Matoian, MD and Pathik Patel, MD
General Surgery Residents at Ascension St. Agnes Hospital 
“Incidence of Central-Line-Associated Infections after the Introduction of Midline Catheters in a Community-Based Intensive Care Unit Treating Cardiothoracic Critical Care Patients”

Most Innovative: 
Mahdi Ebnali, PhD
Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School 
“Cognitive Workload in Minimally Invasive and Standard Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery”

Program Directors 
Rakesh C. Arora, MD, PhD, Subhasis Chatterjee, MD, HelenMari L. Merritt-Genore, DO, Vicki Morton, DNP, AGNP-BC, Sarah Schettle, PA, Clauden Louis, MD, and James H. Abernathy, MD, MPH

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the elements of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), including implementing an enhanced recovery protocol, methodologies for reducing the use of blood products, avoiding acute kidney injury, and reducing opioids for perioperative analgesia, and measuring effectiveness of an ERAS program
  • Evaluate strategies for optimizing the interaction and engagement of the interdisciplinary team during ICU rounds
  • Discuss the optimal management of postoperative atrial fibrillation
  • Demonstrate techniques in ECMO management, use of ultrasound for cardiac and intravascular volume status in postoperative patients, and management of postoperative cardiac emergencies
  • Describe elements of contemporary perioperative management of the heart failure patient
  • Explain the organization of the shock team
  • Describe the diagnosis and management of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, neurological catastrophes after descending thoracic aortic surgery, and RV Failure

Target Audience
This conference is designed for all members of the cardiothoracic and thoracic critical care team, including surgeons, cardiologists, interventionalists, intensivists, anesthesiologists, hospitalists, critical care nurses/nurse practitioners, perioperative registered nurses, physician assistants, catheter lab technicians, perfusionists, pharmacists, nutritionists, and respiratory therapists. In addition, surgical residents and cardiothoracic surgical fellows in training are encouraged to attend.

  Member Non-Member
Physician $250 $350
Allied Health $150 $200
Resident $50 $100
Industry Employee $300 $300

To purchase the online curriculum, you’ll first log into the STS Web Portal with your username and password (the course is listed under the Subscriptions tab). If you don’t have login credentials yet, click the “Get Started” button to create an account.

An STS Member ID (6 digits) is required to receive the discounted member rate. Database participation is not the same as STS membership. A Database participant ID is different from an STS Member ID. For help with an STS Member ID, please contact Member Services.

Contact the STS Education department.

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"ACCME Accredited with Commendation"

Accreditation Statement

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

Designation Statement

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons designates this enduring material for a maximum of 13 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 a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing this activity. The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.