STS News, Fall 2019 — After reaching a point in his career when he realized the need for a global approach to health care delivery, Keith D. Mortman, MD, sought out further training to help him achieve that goal.
“Understanding current health policy and management is essential in order to become a better leader, operate more efficiently within increasingly complex health care systems, and educate my trainees so they are better prepared for the practice of medicine,” Dr. Mortman said.
“Understanding current health policy and management is essential in order to become a better leader.”
“I’ve really been inspired to gain an even better understanding of the concepts that were covered—and the ones that were not,” Dr. Mortman said. “The additional knowledge and experience acquired from this course and possibly an Executive MBA will be useful in my clinical roles, as well as with my administrative and educational responsibilities.”
He also plans to increase his efforts in advocating for the specialty. As part of receiving the Health Policy Scholarship, Dr. Mortman will serve on the STS/AATS Workforce on Health Policy, Reform, and Advocacy starting in January.
“Since I practice in Washington, I hope to become more involved on the national level with the Society, representing the interests of cardiothoracic surgeons and our patients,” he said.
Applications for the 2020 STS/ACS Health Policy Scholarship will open later this fall and will be due February 3. For more information, visit sts.org/healthpolicyscholarship.
The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF) also offers scholarships that partially cover the cost of attending the Brandeis course. Applications for TSF’s Alley-Sheridan Scholarship will open December 1 and are due February 15, 2020; visit thoracicsurgeryfoundation.org/awards for more details.