International Connection: November/December 2018

November/December 2018

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. 


Plan Your Trip to San Diego
The STS 55th Annual Meeting is just 2 months away! It’s not too late to join your colleagues, January 27-29 in San Diego, California, at one of the largest international educational events in cardiothoracic surgery. Registration and housing are still available; the deadline to receive the special STS rate at official meeting hotels is Thursday, January 3. You won’t want to miss the thought-provoking lectures, hands-on learning, and unparalleled networking opportunities. If you need a letter of invitation for your visa application, fill out the request form.


Check Out These Must-Attend Sessions
The complete program for the upcoming Annual Meeting recently was released. The Program, Registration, and Housing brochure includes session descriptions, agendas, and speakers to help you organize your time in San Diego. Certain sessions were planned in collaboration with other international medical societies:

  • EACTS @ STS—In this session, international experts will examine alternatives to the standard classic repair for DeBakey type I aortic dissection and discuss the outcomes of innovative extended arch repair techniques, including the distal aortic frozen elephant trunk, novel branched arch endografts, and valve retention root reconstructive surgery.
  • ESTS @ STS—Discussion will center on controversial issues in general thoracic surgery, including invasive staging in early stage lung cancer, multimodal approaches to the treatment of stage IIIAN2 lung cancer, and the use of induction therapy in patients with T2N0 esophageal cancer.
  • STS/ISHLT Joint Symposium—This session will address how ventricular assist devices are utilized in European and Asian populations and will highlight the latest innovations in univentricular and biventricular support.

Invite Your Trainees to Become STS Members
Do you know any cardiothoracic surgery trainees who share your commitment to quality patient care? Encourage them to apply for STS Candidate Membership at a special reduced rate. Upon admission, they can begin enjoying all the career-enhancing benefits of membership, including networking with the most influential cardiothoracic surgeons in the world, a complimentary online subscription to The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and FREE registration to the STS Annual Meeting.

Special bonus! Recruit a trainee to apply by December 31, 2018, and STS staff will send both of you a special gift. To claim your gift, email the applicant’s name to Kristin Schukar. Note: Application must be completed in order to receive your gift, and supplies are limited.