Candidate Connection: March/April 2019

Access STS 55th Annual Meeting Online for Free
If you were unable to attend the Annual Meeting in San Diego, or if you missed a session you had hoped to attend, access to the STS 55th Annual Meeting Online product is FREE for STS Candidate and Pre-Candidate Members. These web-based videos feature presenter slide animation and cursor movement as if you were in the meeting room. Experience cutting-edge scientific sessions, talks from renowned speakers, and thought-provoking debates—all from the comfort of your home or office. 
Save the date! Mark your calendars now for the STS 56th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, January 26-28, 2020. Abstract submission will open in late spring; check for more information.

Annual Residents Symposium Provides Helpful Career Information
Slides from the 2019 Residents Symposium in San Diego are now available. This year’s program offered information on careers in private practice versus academics, how to find the right position, and negotiating contracts, as well as tips on building a successful clinical practice, finances, and achieving work-life balance.

New Resident Director Elected
During the Annual Meeting Business Meeting on Monday, January 28, the STS membership elected Andrew B. Goldstone, MD, PhD as Resident Director on the STS Board of Directors. Dr. Goldstone is a cardiothoracic surgery resident at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In his new role, he will work with the Board to help ensure that the needs of cardiothoracic surgery residents and medical students are addressed.

View New Career Roundtables
Two roundtable videos recently were added to the STS YouTube Channel that are great resources for career development. In “Maintaining Relationships with Referring Physicians,” Dr. Seenu Reddy moderates a panel discussion about the elements of forming good relationships, breaking through the anonymity that can result from electronic health records, creating a patient-centered experience, how to communicate bad news, and building a solid reputation. Another resource, “Developing a Good Mentor/Mentee Relationship,” led by Dr. Mara Antonoff describes the qualities to look for in a mentor, the importance of communication, setting realistic expectations, avoiding “mentor malpractice,” and why mentees should under promise and over deliver. Both roundtables also are available on the Society’s Surgical Hot Topics podcast channel.