Candidate Connection: November/December 2019

November/December 2019

Update on the Next Generation STS National Database
As we get closer to the January 2020 launch of the next generation STS National Database, new cloud-based dashboards and other technological enhancements are getting a test drive. A cross section of users—surgeons and data managers from across the country—are providing feedback, which will be incorporated within the next few weeks. 
A second round of user testing begins at the end of November. If you would like to be included in that next phase of user testing, please contact Jane Han, STS Associate Director of Quality.


Attend the Annual Meeting for Free; Special Resident Sessions Planned
The upcoming Annual Meeting in New Orleans, January 25-28, will provide you with the chance to learn about the latest research shaping the field in 2020 and beyond. Make plans now to attend because several sessions are designed to answer questions that you may have about advancing your career in cardiothoracic surgery, including:

  • Residents Symposium—This session will provide you with practical information about finding a job, negotiating an employment contract, achieving work/life balance, and how to be successful early in your career.
  • STS Residents Luncheon—Following discussions on the various types of training programs, gaps in training, and the current state of the job market, you can network with cardiothoracic surgery leaders and other residents.
  • Cardiothoracic Surgical Education and Professional Development—Speakers will discuss the career benefits of cardiothoracic surgery exposure during general surgery training, burnout and distress among cardiothoracic surgery trainees, innovative training paradigms, and more.

Annual Meeting registration is free for Candidate and Pre-Candidate Members (although ticketed sessions such as STS University and Tech-Con require additional fees). Sign up today.

See Who Will Take Home the Jeopardy Competition Title
Residents from the United States and Germany will compete at the Annual Meeting to become international Cardiothoracic Surgery Jeopardy champions. Jaime-Jürgen Eulert-Grehn, MD, and Mir Timo Nazari-Shafti, MD, from Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin, won the European championship at the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting in October, while Alexander A. Brescia, MD, MSc, and Curtis Bergquist, MD, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, secured the North American title at the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association Annual Meeting last week. The teams will face off in New Orleans at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, January 26 in the Exhibit Hall. Stop by to cheer on your favorite team!

Read Resident’s Advice to Those Transitioning into Practice
As your fellow residents complete their training and begin their careers, they will become sources of inspiration and mentorship. In the latest STS career development blog article, “Transitioning into Practice: A Letter from Someone Still on the Other Side,” Clauden Louis, MD, shares some humble words of wisdom for early careerists on behalf of himself and fellow cardiothoracic surgery residents. Find other career topics such as when to change jobs and the impact of scholarly work on your career at

Participate in TweetChat on Giving and Receiving Feedback
The next career development TweetChat, scheduled for Wednesday, November 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET, will focus on giving and receiving feedback. Melanie Edwards, MD (@medwards_md), will lead the discussion on why feedback often is ineffective, how it can be delivered to better impact learners, how to get the most useful feedback, and what to do if you receive inaccurate feedback. Monitor the conversation on or Twitter, and use the hashtag CTcareers to participate.

Hands-on Course Encourages Interest in CT Surgery
More than 90 medical students and general surgery residents received a glimpse of what it’s like to be a cardiothoracic surgeon at the 2019 Cardiothoracic Surgery in Your Future course, held last month in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress. The attendees got hands-on instruction in both cardiac (aortic valve replacement, vessel suturing, and mitral valve repair) and general thoracic (VATS lobectomy, esophageal anastomosis, and chest wall reconstruction/rib fixation) procedures and techniques. View more photos from the course.