Candidate Connection: January/February 2020

Download the STS Events App

The STS 56th Annual Meeting begins in just 1 week! If you’re planning to attend the meeting, January 25-28 in New Orleans, make sure to download the STS Events app before you go. The app allows you to:

  • View the meeting program with full-text abstracts, session locations, and speakers
  • Create a personalized schedule
  • Receive important meeting alerts and updates
  • Participate in a scavenger hunt with great prizes – new!

Download the app to your mobile device now, or search for “STS Events” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The STS Events app is supported by Medtronic through a branding opportunity.

Add an STS University Course to Your Meeting Registration

STS University offers an opportunity to interact with internationally known experts and gain confidence with various surgical techniques. These ticketed, hands-on courses will take place Saturday morning, January 25, in New Orleans. Certain courses still have space available; view the session descriptions to choose which you’d like to attend, and then log in to purchase a ticket. While Annual Meeting registration is free for STS Candidate and Pre-Candidate Members, STS University courses require additional fees.

Exhibit Hall Offers Career Resources, Free Headshots

The STS Exhibit Hall will be open January 26-28 in New Orleans and will feature more than 120 companies and organizations. You won’t want to miss the STS/CTSNet Career Fair, where you can network with potential employers and start building the connections that will help you succeed in your future career. To maximize your exposure, upload your resume/CV prior to the meeting at The Career Fair will be held in the back of aisles 1100 and 1200.

While in the Exhibit Hall, you also can have a professional headshot taken for business or personal use, compliments of the Society, at Booth #1001. You will be emailed a link to download your high-resolution photograph following the Annual Meeting.

STS Awards 60 Looking to the Future Scholarships

The 2020 Looking to the Future (LTTF) Scholarship awardees have been announced. These scholarship recipients represent the best and brightest general surgery residents and medical students, each with an interest in exploring a career in cardiothoracic surgery. The scholarship recipients will be assigned mentors for one-on-one insights and will attend educational sessions and other events at the Annual Meeting. LTTF Task Force Chair Elizabeth A. David, MD, noted that “the dedicated time that the scholarship recipients spend with their mentors frequently results in lifelong relationships and can be helpful in residency applications, career planning, and counseling down the line.”

Read Career Blog on Resilience and Overcoming Adversity

Training to become a cardiothoracic surgeon is a demanding process, and once you enter the workforce, you will have numerous responsibilities to juggle—managing your clinical practice, conducting research, and more. Prepare yourself to handle stress and adversity by developing reliable coping methods now that you can rely on throughout your career. In the latest STS career development blog article, “Resilience and Overcoming Adversity,” Melanie A. Edwards, MD, speaks about the importance of prioritizing your physical and emotional well-being. Other blog topics, available at, include advice from residents to their junior attendings, when it may be appropriate to change jobs, and the impact of scholarly work on your career.