Candidate Connection: May/June 2020

Access STS 56th Annual Meeting Online for Free

If you were unable to attend the Annual Meeting in New Orleans, or if you are looking for online learning opportunities, take advantage of free access to the STS 56th Annual Meeting Online—available now for Candidate and Pre-Candidate Members. This product offers more than 100 hours of educational sessions—including the Residents Symposium, which provides advice on making the transition from training to practice. To access the product, you will be required to log in with your STS username and password or the same login credentials that were used to register for the Annual Meeting. Visual instructions are available on how to log in, access the product, and view CME certificates and transcripts. If you have trouble logging in, please email

Abstract Submissions Open Soon

Build your professional portfolio by applying to present your work at two upcoming cardiothoracic surgery meetings.

  • Critical Care Conference: The 17th Annual Perioperative and Critical Care Conference will be held virtually this year September 24-26. Provide your contact information if you would like to be notified when registration and abstract submission open.
  • STS 57th Annual Meeting: Do you want to be among the world-renowned leaders in cardiothoracic surgery who are presenting new information at the Annual Meeting, January 30-February 2, 2021. Abstract submission will open soon for oral, poster, and surgical video submissions. Two prestigious awards will be offered for residents and those beginning their careers in cardiothoracic surgery: STS President’s Award and the Benson R. Wilcox Resident Award. The Society also will be accepting ideas for Tech-Con presentations that focus on innovative cardiothoracic surgical technologies and techniques. Provide your contact information to be notified when abstract and proposal submission open.

Join Webinar Tomorrow on Future for Early Career Surgeons

Mark your calendar for tomorrow, June 4 at 6:00 p.m. ET (5 p.m. CT, 3 p.m. PT) for the first episode of the new STS Summer Series: Early Career Surgeons, COVID-19, and the Future. In the webinar, Drs. Joseph Dearani and Mara Antonoff will talk to colleagues from all areas of the US and in varying practice situations about how they are coping—both physically and emotionally—and explore their insights on how cardiothoracic surgeons can thrive. The webinar will be interactive and include live participant polling with instantaneous results.

New Blog Article, Other Resources Available for Early Careerists

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. In the latest article, “The Pandemic’s Byproduct: Work-Life Integration at Last,” Dr. Mara Antonoff shared her personal work-life integration experience over the past few months, urging readers to “not forget the lessons learned in this time.” She examined how social distancing measures like working from home and virtual meetings have not only effectively mitigated the spread of the virus, but also transformed how most surgeons conduct clinical, academic, and administrative responsibilities.

Watch Webinar on How COVID Is Impacting Residency Programs

A few weeks ago, as part of the Society’s “Cardiothoracic Surgery in the COVID Crisis” webinar series, Drs. Alex Brescia, Michael Jaklitsch, and John Kern were joined by residents and leaders from the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association. They addressed how the pandemic has changed the course of cardiothoracic surgery residency programs and the impact that it has had on training and education. The discussion included strategies that programs around the country are using to address these unprecedented times. Watch the episode, “Impact on Residency and Training,” on the STS Website.

Review Findings from Latest STS Practice Survey

The results are now available from the 2019 STS Practice Survey, a quinquennial project that explores cardiothoracic surgeons’ satisfaction with the specialty, salaries, medical debt, plans for retirement, and more. Despite how demanding and competitive the specialty is, the published research shows that heart and lung surgeons are extremely satisfied with their jobs. The article, by Dr. John Ikonomidis and colleagues, is available online in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery; a related press release and podcast are posted on the STS website.

Check and Update Your STS Profile

When was the last time you checked your STS member profile? Given the fast-paced nature of the specialty and the changing job market, please take a moment to log into the STS member portal and confirm that we have your most up-to-date contact information. While there, you also may want to add a profile picture and make sure that your primary discipline is recorded so that we can send you the most relevant news possible about courses, webinars, and member benefits.