Candidate Connection: July/August 2019

July/August 2019

Submit Your Application for TSF Awards
You can now apply for 2020 funding from The Thoracic Surgery Foundation, the Society’s charitable arm. These awards can help expand your clinical and research abilities, opening the door to numerous career opportunities. Monisha Sudarshan, MD, who recently completed her cardiothoracic surgery residency, received the Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship Award earlier this year. She visited the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. “I received great insight into the research group’s expertise and will be applying this knowledge to my future research. We also made plans to collaborate on multi-institutional esophageal disease research,” she said. Residents are eligible for the following awards:

Applications for these awards are due September 15, 2019. If you have questions, contact Priscilla Kennedy.

Deadline Is Friday to Submit Abstracts for Latin America Conference
Abstract submission for the STS/EACTS Latin America Cardiovascular Surgery Conference, November 22-24 in Cancun, Mexico, is open for just a few more days. Make sure to submit your research for consideration by this Friday, August 2, 2019. This international conference will highlight the multidisciplinary approach to coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease, thoracic aortic disease, atrial fibrillation, and the surgical management of heart failure. New this year is the opportunity to participate in wetlab and simulator sessions. You also can register by August 14, 2019, to save $50 with early bird pricing.

Present Your Work in New Orleans
Only about 2 weeks remain to submit abstracts for the STS 56th Annual Meeting, January 25-28, 2020, in New Orleans. Residents will be considered for two prestigious awards. When submitting your abstract, select whether you wish to apply for each award.

  • STS President’s Award: Honors an outstanding scientific abstract submitted by either a resident or a young investigator who has completed cardiothoracic surgical training within the past 5 years
  • Thoracic Surgery Directors Association Benson R. Wilcox Award: Recognizes an exceptional scientific abstract presented by a cardiothoracic surgery resident

Review the abstract submission instructions and policies, and submit your abstract today. You also can describe your proposal for new technology or innovative techniques to be presented during the Shark Tank session at Tech-Con 2020. The deadline for both Annual Meeting and Tech-Con submissions is August 13, 2019.

New Career Development Resources Available
Take advantage of STS videos, blog articles, and social media outreach designed to help you navigate the early stages of your career:

  • Videos: A new series features experienced cardiothoracic surgeons sharing their thoughts on how mentorship has shaped their careers, advice for early career surgeons, what they wish they knew their first years in practice, and more. Segments will be released on Mondays. Follow @CTSurgCareers, and add your feedback with the hashtag mentorshipmonday.
  • Blog: In the latest STS career development blog article, “Holding the Course or Moving on from Your First Job,” Gabriel Loor, MD, addresses potential reasons for job changes, the value of persevering before leaving too soon, and the benefits of moving on when it’s time.
  • TweetChat: A TweetChat on Thursday, August 22, at 8:00 p.m. ET will look at how to avoid pitfalls early in your career. Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MSc, (@TomVargheseJr) will moderate the discussion. Monitor the conversation on or Twitter, and use the hashtag CTcareers to participate.

Residents and medical students at STS Legislative Fly-In

Residents and medical students advocated for the specialty alongside STS surgeon and staff leaders, including (from left) STS First Vice President Joseph A. Dearani, MD, STS President Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, MSHA, and STS Director of Government Relations Courtney Yohe, MPP.

    Fly-In Provides Up-Close Look at Advocacy Efforts
    Thirty STS members, including six residents and medical students, were in Washington, DC, this month for the Society’s annual Legislative Fly-In. They met with lawmakers and Congressional staff to advocate for increasing caps on residency positions, reauthorizing the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, funding lung cancer research, and limiting access to tobacco. Medical student Seth Wolf, MS, said that it was “both educational and motivating to experience the advocacy work STS is accomplishing on a larger scale.” Get a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to attend a Fly-In by viewing the video recap and photo album, and learn more about how you can get involved in advocacy.