International Connection: July/August 2019

July/August 2019

Stay Up-to-Date on News Affecting Your Practice
The Society recently launched an exciting new member benefit to help you stay informed about the latest and most important information from around the world affecting the specialty and your practice. Cardiothoracic Surgery News is a daily emailed news digest prepared exclusively for STS members. Each issue will provide summaries of breaking news, new research, device launches, and other relevant information from a wide variety of media outlets. If you have timely news from your country that should be included, have feedback, or are not receiving the emails, please contact the STS Marketing & Communications Department.

Submit Abstracts for Latin America Conference by Friday
Abstract submission for the STS/EACTS Latin America Cardiovascular Surgery Conference, November 22-24 in Cancun, Mexico, is open for just a few more days. Make sure to submit your research for consideration by this Friday, August 2, 2019. This international conference will highlight the multidisciplinary approach to coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease, thoracic aortic disease, atrial fibrillation, and the surgical management of heart failure. New this year is the opportunity to participate in wetlab and simulator sessions. You also can register by August 14, 2019, to save $50 with early bird pricing.

Provide Free Heart Surgery Brochure to Your Patients
STS recently redesigned its popular “What to Expect After Heart Surgery” brochure to help prepare patients for their return home. The guide, available in both English and Spanish, explains what a patient can expect to feel like after surgery and provides information on caring for incisions, medications, symptoms that need attention, resuming activity, and cardiac rehabilitation. Download and print this free resource to share with your patients. You also can add a link from your institution’s website to the brochure, which can be found in the patient resources section of the STS website.

Share Your Work on a Global Stage at STS Annual Meeting
Only about 2 weeks remain to submit abstracts for the STS 56th Annual Meeting, January 25-28, 2020, in New Orleans, Louisiana. This high-profile event attracts attendees from approximately 60 countries. Review the abstract submission instructions and policies, and submit your abstract today. You also can describe your proposal for new technology or innovative techniques to be presented during the Shark Tank session at Tech-Con 2020. The deadline for both Annual Meeting and Tech-Con submissions is August 13, 2019.

Request a Visa Invitation Letter
If you require a visa in order to attend the Annual Meeting in New Orleans, the Society can provide you with a customized invitation letter to help with the process. After completing the Visa Invitation Letter Request Form, you’ll receive a letter signed by STS CEO/Executive Director Elaine Weiss, JD, stating that you are cordially invited to attend and participate in the Annual Meeting. If you have questions, contact Elisa Robles-Gnet. Annual Meeting registration will open this fall.

See List of New STS Members
The Society recently added 22 new Active Members and 11 new International Members to its ranks. The applicants were approved during the spring Board of Directors meeting in Toronto. The Board elects new Active and International Members three times per year. The next application deadline is September 16, 2019, for Board consideration on October 27. Note: Applicants approved during the October meeting will be eligible to register for the Society’s upcoming 56th Annual Meeting in New Orleans at member rates, so forward this email to your colleagues who are not yet STS members so that they can learn more and apply for membership today. Associate, Candidate, and Pre-Candidate Members are admitted on a rolling basis throughout the year.