STS News, Fall 2018 -- The schedule for the upcoming STS 55th Annual Meeting at the San Diego Convention Center has been reorganized to help attendees spend fewer days away from their patients—without sacrificing the dynamic, interactive experience that they’ve come to expect.
“It will be an outstanding meeting, and if you’re not there, you’re going to miss out,” said STS President Keith S. Naunheim, MD. “It’s a meeting jam-packed with regard to new content; the present and future of cardiothoracic surgery will be on display.”
Instead of the traditional Sunday through Wednesday schedule, the meeting will now be held Sunday through Tuesday. The meeting will kick off on Sunday morning with STS University followed by an opening plenary session, featuring the J. Maxwell Chamberlain Memorial Papers and the Thomas B. Ferguson Lecture by Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, President and CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Following the lecture, an Opening Reception will be held in the Exhibit Hall, and the President’s Reception—open to all attendees—will be at the historic Hotel del Coronado.
“It’s a meeting jam-packed with regard to new content; the present and future of cardiothoracic surgery will be on display.”
Focus on Digitization
In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, programs will no longer be printed. All attendees are highly encouraged to use the STS Meetings mobile app, which will be available for download in early December.
“The app is actually outstanding. You can read abstracts, interact on social media, and look at the entire schedule,” Dr. Naunheim said. “The app lets you individualize your own curriculum, and you can even set it to remind you when you’re supposed to be somewhere.”
In addition, all posters will now be electronic, allowing more abstracts to be included and offering greater flexibility for authors. Several monitors will be available in the convention center for attendees to view the posters.
Coding Workshop, Tech-Con Kick Off Annual Meeting
Immediately prior to the STS Annual Meeting, the Society will offer its annual Coding Workshop to provide surgeons, coders, and other billing professionals with the latest information about issues affecting reimbursement for their practices. The Coding Workshop will be held Friday and Saturday at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, the headquarters hotel for the STS Annual Meeting.
Also before the Annual Meeting, Tech-Con 2019 will be held at the San Diego Convention Center. See below for more information.
For details on how to register for the Annual Meeting, view the Registration & Housing brochure.
Take Advantage of Early Bird Rates
Register and reserve your housing for the STS 55th Annual Meeting at sts.org/annualmeeting. Early bird registration rates are good through November 19, 2018. Additionally, you must register by January 3, 2019, to reserve housing at the special Annual Meeting rates.
Tech-Con 2019 and the STS 55th Annual Meeting require separate registration.
Saturday, January 26
Sunday, January 27 - Tuesday, January 29
Registration includes access to:
-Tech-Con educational sessions
Registration includes access to:
-Annual Meeting educational sessions
Tickets to attend STS University courses and the President’s Reception at the Hotel del Coronado (both on Sunday, January 27) require separate ticket purchases with Annual Meeting registration.
The Society has engaged Experient as the only approved Official Registration and Housing Provider for the STS Annual Meeting. If you have questions about registration and/or housing, contact Experient at 800-424-5249 (toll free), 00-1-847-996-5829 (for international callers), or via email.
Please be wary of any other companies ostensibly offering registration and/or housing assistance for the STS Annual Meeting. Such companies typically imply that they are working with STS, but in reality are unauthorized. Please inform the Meetings & Conventions Department if you are contacted by anyone other than Experient.
Prepare for What’s Next at Tech-Con
Stay ahead of the curve when it comes to cutting-edge developments in cardiothoracic surgery by attending Tech-Con, which will be held immediately prior to the Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 26.
“Everyone should attend Tech-Con because the future isn’t just coming; the future is here,” said Melanie A. Edwards, MD, Co-Chair of the Tech-Con Task Force. “We will highlight ways that surgeons can prepare and incorporate these innovations into their own practice.”
The adult cardiac sessions will explore advancements in ischemic disease, heart failure, atrial fibrillation surgery, and aortic and structural heart disease. Attendees at the general thoracic sessions can expect to learn about evolutions in lung and chest wall surgeries, as well as esophageal surgery.
An expanded general session will feature a keynote lecture on the role of artificial intelligence in medical technology, as well as a 2018 year in review summary of major research, innovations, and new technology. The day will conclude with the popular Shark Tank presentations, in which inventors pitch their ideas to a panel of experts and the audience. Devices on deck for discussion include a leakproof aortic anastomosis stapler and a valveless pulsatile-flow ventricular assist device.
Because information on new technologies provided by commercial interests will be included in Tech-Con, continuing medical education (CME) credit cannot be offered for this activity.
Tech-Con registration is separate from Annual Meeting registration, so make sure to register for both at sts.org/annualmeeting.