Candidate Connection: May/June 2019

Submit Abstracts and Proposals for Educational Events
Build your professional portfolio by applying to present your work at several upcoming cardiothoracic surgery meetings.

Critical Care Conference: Less than 2 weeks remain to submit abstracts for the 16th Annual Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular and Thoracic (CVT) Critical Care Conference, September 26-28 in Baltimore. This important conference will address a team-based approach to CVT critical care and enhanced recovery after surgery, including new concepts, technologies, and management protocols.
Deadline: Monday, July 1, 2019
Critical Care Submission

Latin America Conference: Original scientific abstracts for the third annual STS/EACTS Latin America Cardiovascular Surgery Conference, November 22-24 in Cancun, Mexico, should focus on a multidisciplinary approach to treating cardiovascular and congenital heart diseases. This meeting brings together surgeons, trainees, and team members from around the world.
Deadline: Friday, August 2, 2019
Latin America Submission

Annual Meeting: Residents who submit abstracts for the STS 56th Annual Meeting, January 25-28 in New Orleans, are eligible for two special honors—the STS President’s Award and the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association Benson R. Wilcox Award. These high-profile awards recognize outstanding research that has the potential to significantly impact the field.
Deadline: Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Annual Meeting Submission

Tech-Con: Proposals for Shark Tank presentations at Tech-Con 2020, January 25 in New Orleans, should explore new cardiothoracic surgical technologies and innovative techniques for solving complex problems. Selected presenters will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts in front of a live audience.
Deadline: Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Tech-Con Submission

Experience the STS Annual Meeting from Trainees’ Perspectives
Medical student Jackie Olive and cardiothoracic surgery resident Jessica G.Y. Luc, MD, videotaped their recent experience at the 2019 STS Annual Meeting in San Diego. Follow them as they provide tips on schedule planning and talk to Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, MSHA, Tom C. Nguyen, MD, and Ourania Preventza, MD.

Use STS Resources Designed for Career Development
The Society offers a variety of resources for trainees and early career surgeons as they navigate an unfamiliar and evolving workplace environment. Among those resources is a career development blog, written by cardiothoracic surgeons. The latest article, “Scholarly Work in an Ever-Changing World,” by Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MS, looked at how online tools such as blogs, podcasts, and instructional videos can impact your academic career, while a recent TweetChat hosted by Mara B. Antonoff, MD, centered on building a digital presence, best practices in social media, and pitfalls to avoid. Additional career-enhancing materials such as videos on finding that first job and making the most out of mentorship are available on the STS website.

Megan Loo, MD (left), with Rep. Judy Chu

Get Active in Cardiothoracic Surgery Advocacy Efforts
Participation in grassroots advocacy can—and should—begin early in your career. The Society can help you connect with your legislators in a variety of ways.

  • Legislative Fly-In: This VIP experience includes networking with colleagues, a private dinner and breakfast with surgeon leaders and Congressional insiders, and personalized meetings with your elected representatives to discuss issues such as the use of inhaled tobacco products, research funding, and the physician shortage. The next event will be held July 15-16 in Washington, DC.
  • District Meeting: Meeting with your representatives at home is a convenient way to advocate for the specialty. In a recent meeting with Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) in Pasadena, cardiothoracic surgery resident Megan Loo, MD, discussed the importance of the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act, aimed at increasing the number of residency slots for the specialty, and the Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act, which would accelerate research into why women are disproportionally affected by lung cancer.

Sign up to attend the Fly-In or schedule a district meeting by contacting Madeleine Stirling.

David Odell, MD, MMSc (right), spoke with medical students about cardiothoracic surgery.

STS Reaches Out to Medical Students
For medical students who don’t have cardiothoracic surgery mentors at home, the specialty can be a “black box,” according to David Odell, MD, MMSc. So earlier this month, he represented the Society at the American Medical Association Specialty Showcase and Clinical Skills Workshop in Chicago, hoping to connect with such students. “These events give us an opportunity to open that box and engage these talented young students at precisely the time they are determining what field of medicine they want to pursue,” he said. Dr. Odell answered questions about the procedures cardiothoracic surgeons perform, how the specialty differs from general surgery and cardiology, options for training pathways, and more.