STS Advocacy Monthly: April 2018

Watch or Listen to Discussion on Graduate Medical Education
STS has released a roundtable discussion on concerns regarding graduate medical education and growing shortages in the physician workforce, especially among cardiothoracic surgeons. Watch here as Drs. Alan M. Speir, J. Michael DiMaio, Stephen J. Lahey, Ourania A. Preventza, and Keith A. Horvath, as well as medical student Raymond J. Strobel, discuss ways to address this impending shortage, including increasing the cap on residency slots, reducing the burden of training costs, and improving work-life balance. You also can listen on the STS Podcast Episodes page, or subscribe to Surgical Hot Topics via iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you access your podcasts.

Reminder: Legislative Fly-In Scholarship Applications Due May 4
Apply by next Friday, May 4, for a scholarship to attend the Society’s next Legislative Fly-In in Washington, DC. The scholarships will cover reasonable travel and meal expenses associated with attendance at the event, which will begin with a dinner briefing on Monday, June 11, followed by breakfast and Capitol Hill meetings on Tuesday, June 12. Fill out the online application to be considered; award decisions will be made by Friday, May 11. For more information about the Fly-In, contact Madeleine Stirling.

Visit STS-PAC in San Diego
If you’re attending the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting in San Diego this weekend, make sure to stop by the STS booth (#1138) in the Exhibit Hall. You can make your annual contribution to STS-PAC—the only political action committee that exclusively represents cardiothoracic surgeons. The Exhibit Hall is open Sunday, April 29, through Tuesday, May 1.

Mitchell J. Magee, MD received the Society’s Key
Contact of the Year Award this past January
(from left: Chair of the STS Council on Health
Policy and Relationships Alan M. Speir, MD,
Dr. Magee, and STS President Keith S.
Naunheim, MD)

Key Contact Connect: Key Contact of the Year Explains His Commitment to Advocacy
For STS member Mitchell J. Magee, MD, becoming involved in political advocacy was his way to influence patient care beyond the operating room and the health care setting. By attending STS Legislative Fly-Ins and meeting with his representatives at home, he has learned how much of an impact cardiothoracic surgeons can have on the policymaking process. Read more about Dr. Magee’s advocacy efforts in the spring 2018 issue of STS News.

Questions? Want to get involved in advocacy?
Contact the STS Government Relations office via email or at 202-787-1230.

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