In this issue, read about the exciting educational program for the STS 56th Annual Meeting, ongoing enhancements to the STS National Database, the importance of putting patients first, a free heart surgery brochure for patients, and more.
As the practice of cardiothoracic surgery rapidly changes, so do the focus, content, and educational strategies for the STS Annual Meeting. No matter their area of practice, attendees will find plenty of innovative research, thought-provoking lectures, pro/con debates, hands-on activities, and how-to videos.
The Society’s ongoing and multifaceted effort to optimize the value and utility of the STS National Database is moving full steam ahead, with one major enhancement nearing completion and several others due for release early next year.
Just as a good physician-patient relationship can improve patient outcomes, a good physician-administrator relationship can improve the work environment and ease employee burnout. As a result, the importance of cardiothoracic surgeons and their administrators working as part of a team cannot be underscored enough.
With the change of seasons comes new hope for the academic year, full of promise and excitement tempered by the challenges that any change in season represents. So too is the resolve and efforts of the STS surgeon leader and staff teams to continue the work of our specialty during these times of change to improve the well-being of patients with cardiovascular and thoracic diseases.
Find the latest updates on STS member job changes and promotions, including for Drs. Joanna Chikwe, Christine Lau, Mark Berry, Robert Kormos, Tara Karamlou, Marc Pelletier, Sunil Malhotra, Edgar Chedrawy, and Mani Daneshmand.
It is fall, my favorite season. Leaves are falling, mornings are brisk and hearty, and homemade soup is simmering on the stove. And a lot is simmering here at STS. Or at least we’re stirring the pot.
Read about a free heart surgery brochure for patients, educational courses on structural heart disease and critical care, the Surgeon Match Challenge for the Society's charitable arm, an important cardiothoracic surgery practice survey, and more.
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.
The Society’s advocacy efforts regarding extracorporeal membrane oxygenation recently paid off in a major way, but challenges still lie ahead for physician reimbursement. It will take active engagement from all STS members to fend off these latest attacks on the specialty.