Candidate Connection: November/December 2018

November/December 2018

Participate in Tomorrow’s Career Development TweetChat
The STS Workforce on Career Development will hold its next TweetChat tomorrow, November 29, at 8:00 p.m. ET on the unique aspects to developing a practice in a highly specialized field such as cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Damien J. LaPar (@LaPar16) will moderate the discussion about how to foster growth and independence, build relationships with referring caregivers, balance clinical and academic duties, and more. Monitor the conversation on or Twitter, and use the hashtag CTcareers to participate.

Provide Feedback through 2018 STS Member Needs-Assessment Survey  
The Society is conducting an important Member Needs-Assessment Survey to better understand your professional demands and help guide decisions about future educational content, practice tools, and member benefits. If you haven’t already done so, please complete this online survey; it should take only about 7 minutes. Individual responses will remain anonymous and confidential, and only aggregate survey data will be shared with the membership.

Attend Special Resident Events at the STS Annual Meeting
The STS 55th Annual Meeting is just 2 months away! Join members of the cardiothoracic surgery community in San Diego, California, January 27-29. Registration is FREE for STS Candidate and Pre-Candidate Members, and exciting sessions were created specifically for you:

  • Residents Symposium (Sunday, January 27)—Get practical information regarding the transition from residency to practice. Speakers will discuss private practice versus academics, how to find the right position, and negotiating contracts, as well as building a successful clinical practice, early career development, finances, and achieving work-life balance. 
  • STS Residents Luncheon (Sunday, January 27)—Network with cardiothoracic surgery leaders, including members of the STS Board of Directors, and other residents. You’ll learn about the various types of training programs, gaps in training, the current state of the job market, and more.

View the Program, Registration, and Housing brochure and register to be a part of one of the largest and most prestigious cardiothoracic surgery meetings in the world. The housing deadline is January 3 to receive the STS event rate.

Add an STS University Course to Your Meeting Schedule
STS University, a popular series of hands-on learning activities, will take place on Sunday morning at the Annual Meeting. New courses for 2019 include robotic lobectomy, video-assisted sleeve lobectomy, and percutaneous transseptal access for transcatheter mitral valve repair/replacement. If you've already registered for the meeting and wish to sign up for an STS University course, simply log into your meeting profile and add it to your itinerary. Residents are highly encouraged to attend Session I (8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.) so that the rest of the morning remains free for the special resident events highlighted above. Each STS U course requires a $175 fee.

Deadline to Submit Late-Breaking Abstracts Is Next Week    
If you are involved in clinical trials, innovative investigations, or quality improvement projects, you have one last chance to submit your findings for presentation consideration at the Annual Meeting. Visit, review the instructions and policies, and submit your abstract describing current research or quality improvement data. The deadline to submit a late-breaking abstract is December 7, 2018. If you have questions, contact the Education Department. Abstract submissions that previously were submitted and not accepted for presentation at the STS 55th Annual Meeting will not be considered as late-breaking abstracts.

Meet Employers at the STS/CTSNet Career Fair
Take advantage of the opportunity to meet with top employers at the STS/CTSNet Career Fair, which takes place during the Annual Meeting. The Career Fair will be held in the Exhibit Hall, January 27-29. Maximize your exposure by creating a profile and posting your CV online to the candidate database in advance of the meeting. This will allow participating employers to view your CV and schedule in-person interviews during the meeting.

View Photos from CT Surgery in the Future Course
In an effort to help recruit medical students and general surgery residents into the specialty, the Society offers an annual Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Future Course in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress. This year’s course, which took place last month in Boston, was a huge success with record-breaking attendance. Check out the course photos featuring approximately 150 eager attendees getting hands-on experience with six different cardiothoracic surgical procedures.