Candidate Connection: July/August 2018

July/August 2018

Submit Abstracts for Latin America Conference and STS Annual Meeting 
Share your research with an international community of cardiothoracic surgery professionals. The Society is accepting scientific abstract submissions for two upcoming educational events: the STS/EACTS Latin America Cardiovascular Surgery Conference, to be held November 15–17, 2018, in Cartagena, Colombia, and the STS 55th Annual Meeting, to be held January 27–29, 2019, in San Diego, California.

Latin America Conference: Abstracts must be related to the following categories: adult congenital, aorta and aortic arch, aortic root, aortic valve, atrial fibrillation, coronary, heart failure, mitral valve, quality and outcomes initiatives, or tricuspid valve. Submit your abstract by Friday, August 3. You also can register for the conference. Early bird registration rates are in effect through Tuesday, August 14.

Annual Meeting: Abstracts and surgical videos may be submitted in the categories of adult cardiac surgery, congenital heart surgery, general thoracic surgery, basic science research, critical care, quality improvement, geriatrics, and cardiothoracic surgery education. Residents are eligible for two special awards. Submit your abstract by Friday, August 24new later deadline! (Reminder: STS Candidate and Pre-Candidate Members receive FREE registration to the Annual Meeting.)

If you have questions about abstract submissions for either meeting, contact the STS Education Department.


Take Advantage of TSF Fellowship Opportunities
The Society’s charitable arm, The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF), has opened its 2019 awards program. Five awards are available for residents.

  • TSF Resident Research Fellowship: Up to $30,000 per year for up to 2 years for general surgery or cardiothoracic surgery residents who wish to acquire investigational skills and pursue a career in cardiothoracic surgery.
  • Nina Starr Braunwald Research Fellowship: Up to $30,000 per year for up to 2 years for a female resident working in a cardiac surgical clinic or laboratory research program.
  • STSA Resident Research Award: Up to $30,000 per year for up to 2 years for general surgery or cardiothoracic surgery residents who wish to acquire investigational skills and pursue a career in cardiothoracic surgery. Southern Thoracic Surgical Association membership is not required; however, applicants must meet STSA membership eligibility requirements.
  • Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship: Up to $10,000 for a clinically established female cardiothoracic surgeon or a female resident in her last year of a cardiothoracic surgery residency for traveling to another institution and learning a new skill or technology.
  • Robert L. Replogle Traveling Fellowship: Up to $10,000 for an early career congenital heart surgeon, a fellow enrolled in a congenital cardiac surgery fellowship program, or a cardiothoracic surgery resident who has matched at a congenital cardiac surgery fellowship for traveling to another institution and learning a new skill or technology.

The deadline to submit applications for these awards is Saturday, September 15.


Sign Up for Jeopardy Competition
Cardiothoracic surgery residents are encouraged to compete in the 2018 Cardiothoracic Surgery Jeopardy Competition for North America. This exciting competition is a fun and challenging way for you to demonstrate your knowledge of the specialty. Learn more in this formal invitation letter, and sign up by Wednesday, August 8. 


Help Improve LearnCTsurgery Website
The STS Workforce on E-Learning and Educational Innovation is looking for feedback on suggested changes to the Society’s LearnCTsurgery website. These suggestions came from various users—program directors, program coordinators, faculty, and trainees. If you use the website, please take 5-7 minutes to complete this important LearnCTsurgery Website Survey. Individual responses will remain anonymous.


What Do You Want to Know about Career Pathways?
The Society is considering launching a new series to help residents make decisions about their future career paths. Each issue of Candidate Connection would feature links to interviews with established cardiothoracic surgeons discussing the steps they took to get where they are today and what their day-to-day practice is like. To help ensure that the series meets your needs, please share your thoughts about what information you’d like to see included.

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