Candidate Connection: March/April 2020

Webinars Offer Strategies for Navigating COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic can be overwhelming for all members of the cardiothoracic surgery community. A free weekly webinar series, Cardiothoracic Surgery in the COVID Crisis, brings experts together to discuss how the disease is impacting the specialty. Watch the first two episodes—Candid Conversations with Colleagues from Hot Spots in the US and Stratifying Patients for Cardiac Operations—online now. And tune in for the next webinar, ECMO Challenges and Considerations, on Thursday, April 23 at 11:00 a.m. ET.

You can access additional information on the STS website, including:

  • An interactive resource allocation prediction tool that can help triage adult cardiac surgery cases
  • A frequently updated resources page that includes links to STS-supported guidance documents, real-time tracking, information on personal protective equipment, and more
  • Articles written by cardiothoracic surgeons on the front lines, including a blog post aimed at early career surgeons on how to stay grounded during the COVID-19 pandemic by Erin A. Gillaspie, MD, Gabriel Loor, MD, and Mara B. Antonoff, MD

Candidate, Pre-Candidate Members Will Receive Free Access to Annual Meeting Online

If you’re looking for online learning opportunities, STS 56th Annual Meeting Online is free for Candidate and Pre-Candidate Members and offers more than 100 hours of educational sessions—including the Residents Symposium, which provides advice on making the transition from training to practice. You will be granted access automatically when Annual Meeting Online becomes available for use in the coming weeks. Watch for an email from STS with information on how to log in.

Fellowship Enables Residents to Participate in Surgical Mission Trips

An article in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery features the experience of the inaugural TSRA/STS Global Outreach Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery awardee. Meghan E. Halub, MD, a second-year cardiothoracic surgery resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, traveled with William M. Novick, MD, MS, and his team to care for children with congenital heart defects in Libya and Ukraine. She participated in preoperative planning, surgical cases, ICU care, and clinic appointments for patients with conditions such as patent ductus arteriosus and complex tetralogy of Fallot. Applications for the 2021 fellowship are due December 15, 2020; those interested will need to submit a curriculum vitae, personal statement, and letters of support from their program director and the host faculty. If you have questions, contact Thoracic Surgery Residents Association Vice President Justin Watson, MD, at

Panelists Share Promotion Advice for Early Career Faculty

Cardiothoracic surgeons who want to excel in an academic medicine environment will need strategies for managing both clinical work and the scholarly activities that are necessary for promotion. In a roundtable discussion, Ourania A. Preventza, MD, Himanshu J. Patel, MD, Elaine E. Tseng, MD, and Sunil Singhal, MD, outline the processes one must navigate and provide tips to help young surgeons successfully reach that next step. View the discussion as a video on the Society’s YouTube Channel or listen to the episode on the STS Surgical Hot Topics podcast. Additional roundtable discussions covering topics such as artificial intelligence in cardiothoracic surgery and transcatheter aortic valve replacement for low-risk patients also are available.

Participate in TweetChat on Work/Life Balance

The next career development TweetChat, scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET, will focus on how to achieve work/life balance. Dr. Loor (@gloorloor) will lead the discussion on what work/life balance looks like, its impact on one’s professional goals, and the consequences of poor work/life balance. Monitor the conversation on or Twitter, and use the hashtag CTcareers to participate.