Candidate Connection: September/October 2019

September/October 2019

Update on the Next Generation STS National Database
As we move closer to launching the next generation STS National Database in early 2020, surgeons and data managers are working with STS and IQVIA to develop enhanced data collection and reporting tools that will make it easier to visualize and interact with your data. During this year’s AQO Meeting (October 23-25 in New Orleans), IQVIA will display the new cloud-based, interactive dashboards and demonstrate how you can easily sort your data, conduct targeted searches, and compare your outcomes to various benchmarks. Acceptance testing begins next month, and pilot testing begins in November.
Look to this box for updates on the various milestones as we prepare for the big reveal in 4 months.

Save the date: Registration opens in October for the STS 56th Annual Meeting, January 25-28 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Details on exciting sessions tailored for residents and medical students will be shared in the next issue of Candidate Connection. Meeting registration is FREE for Candidate and Pre-Candidate Members!
Apply for Ethics Forum Scholarship by September 30
Residents interested in expanding their knowledge of biomedical ethics are encouraged to apply for a scholarship from the Cardiothoracic Ethics Forum, a joint STS and American Association for Thoracic Surgery project. Scholarships of up to $10,000 will fund enrollment in educational courses at leading ethics centers, including Georgetown University, Columbia University, Harvard University, and the University of Washington. The goal of this scholarship program is to prepare surgeons for leadership roles in cardiothoracic surgical ethics. The application deadline for the August 2019-August 2020 academic year is September 30, 2019. Learn more and apply today.

Submit Application by October 1 for Latin America Conference Scholarship
If you’d like to attend the STS/EACTS Latin America Cardiovascular Surgery Conference, November 22-24 in Cancun, Mexico—but costs are a concern—apply for a Travel Award from The Thoracic Surgery Foundation. The Society’s charitable arm is offering 60 scholarships for cardiothoracic surgeons and trainees from under-resourced institutions to attend this international conference, which will focus on the multidisciplinary approach to treating adult cardiac and congenital heart diseases. Each $1,000 award will cover a 3-night hotel stay, meeting registration, and a $250 travel reimbursement. Apply online by October 1, 2019.

Read Member Views on Parental Leave, Sexual Harassment
The “In the News—A Surgeon’s View” column shares member perspectives on topics that are making headlines. Two recent installments examine the challenges surrounding parental leave during surgical residency and the prevalence of sexual harassment within the cardiothoracic surgery profession.

  • In “Parental Leave During Surgical Residency,” Melanie A. Edwards, MD, explains the need for cultural changes that can resolve the logistical difficulties associated with taking time off to bond with a newborn.
  • In “No Such Thing as an Innocent Bystander,” David Tom Cooke, MD, urges colleagues to speak out if they witness sexual harassment and actively participate in creating a work culture of professionalism, personal safety, and inclusiveness.

Recruit a Member, Receive a Gift
As a current member, you’re already experiencing the great benefits of STS membership, but your fellow residents or classmates may be missing out. Let them know what they could be getting—such as free registration to the STS Annual Meeting, a complimentary subscription to The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, exclusive access to a cardiothoracic surgery e-news briefing, and career-enhancing networking opportunities—and encourage them to submit an application today. If your peer submits his or her completed application by December 31, 2019, you both will receive either an STS-branded coffee mug or knit hat, compliments of the Society. To claim your gift, email the applicant’s name to Kristin Schukar.