International Connection: May/June 2020


What topics would you like to read about in the next edition of International Connection? The Society would like your feedback and suggestions in order to provide you with the most relevant resources and information. Please send your feedback to

Access STS 56th Annual Meeting Online

If you were unable to attend the Annual Meeting in New Orleans, or if you are looking for online learning opportunities, you can now purchase access to STS 56th Annual Meeting Online. This product offers more than 100 hours of educational sessions—including cutting-edge scientific sessions, talks from renowned speakers, and thought-provoking debates. If you attended the meeting, Annual Meeting Online was included with your meeting registration. 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 from 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. 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.

Free Heart Surgery Brochure Now Available in Portuguese

The Society’s popular “What to Expect After Heart Surgery” brochure has been translated into Portuguese. The brochure, which also is available in English, Spanish, and Hindi, explains what patients 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 resources section of the STS patient website. If you have questions regarding the brochure, contact Jennifer Bagley at

Check Out New VSD Surgery Page, Blog Posts on STS Patient Website

The STS patient website,, uses easy-to-understand language in both English and Spanish to describe various cardiothoracic diseases and treatments with text, images, and videos—and new content is added on a regular basis. The Procedures section of the website now includes a Ventricular Septal Defect Surgery page, which explains this treatment option, what to expect before and on the day of surgery, and the recovery process. In addition, various new blog articles are available to share with your patients:

Watch Thank You Video from STS Staff

The Society wants to thank its members for their leadership during the COVID pandemic—serving on the frontlines, overseeing COVID crisis planning, or providing valuable information for colleagues. A short video features STS staff in their home office settings sharing that “even in these uncertain times, you can be certain that the Society is here for you.” Watch and let us know how you’re doing at

Review New Applicants for Active and International Membership

Election to Active or International Membership in STS is an important achievement, validating accomplishment as a cardiothoracic surgeon by one’s peers. According to the Society’s Bylaws, Active, International, and Senior Members are to be notified of those applying for STS Active or International Membership prior to their consideration by the Executive Committee. Please review the current round of applicants for Active and International Membership. If you have comments about any of the candidates, send them to STS Secretary Joseph Sabik at by June 18, 2020.

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.