“The results of this survey are important, and we are grateful to those members who participated,” said STS President Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, MSHA. “As a membership organization, we are developing a series of strategic planning sessions, and members’ concerns will be addressed during those meetings.”
Satisfaction with Membership, Benefits
More than three-quarters of members said that they were satisfied or extremely satisfied with their membership (78%), which is similar to the results in 2015 (79%).
The membership benefits valued by the majority were The Annals of Thoracic Surgery (89%), followed by live educational courses such as the STS Annual Meeting (73%), and the STS National Database (61%).
A majority of survey respondents (64%) said that they prefer to receive communications from STS by email. Among the types of information offered by the Society, a plurality chose clinical practice guidelines (38%) and clinical research (23%) as being most important.
The Society’s two general communications, STS News and STS Weekly, have been of increasing value to members. A majority of respondents (81% and 69%, respectively) listed these communications as useful or very useful in 2018, compared to 63% and 50%, respectively, in 2012.
Among targeted communications, those that were perceived by the majority as being useful and very useful were STS National Database News (76%), the Surgical Hot Topics podcast (75%), and the roundtable video series (73%).
Quinquennial Practice Survey
Later this year, the Society will open its important cardiothoracic surgery practice survey. The survey has been conducted approximately every 5 years since 1974 in order to obtain a better understanding of cardiothoracic surgery practice trends in the United States.
Although surveys offer a great opportunity for members to provide feedback to the Society, members should feel free to contact STS at any time during the year. If you have comments or concerns, contact Dr. Higgins via his STS email box.