In this issue, read about what to expect during STS 2021—the Society’s first-ever all-digital annual meeting, the features of the new STS Learning Center, the rich multimedia content included in the STS Cardiothoracic Surgery E-Book, the goals and objectives of the recently-approved STS Strategic Plan, the Society’s actions against impending Medicare cuts, and more.
The Society made the difficult decision to forgo an in-person STS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, next January and, instead, create an all-digital meeting. STS 2021, planned Friday, January 29 to Sunday, January 31, is expected to be unlike any other meeting that cardiothoracic surgery has ever experienced.
The long-awaited STS Learning Center, which debuted earlier this summer, offers a reimagined model of education and a reinvented learning experience. With this new learning management system, the Society is able to greatly expand and diversify its virtual offerings.
Find the latest updates on STS member job changes, including for Drs. Robert Higgins, Jonathan D’Cunha, Benjamin Medalion, Chong Park, Scott LeMaire, Daniel Boffa, Kevin Lobdell, Karl Michael Reyes, Mario Castillo-Sang, Olugbenga Okusanya, Robert Hanfland, Andrew Goldstone, Sulaiman Hasan, Dennis Vega, Thomas Bauer, and Raina Sinha.
We had hoped that the COVID pandemic would have subsided and a vaccine would have been available to the masses. That hasn’t happened yet, so we made the difficult decision to change STS 2021 into a virtual meeting, rather than an in-person meeting in Austin, Texas. At first, I was disappointed…But as we explored the options for a virtual meeting and I saw what was possible, I thought “that’s incredible!”
The STS Cardiothoracic Surgery E-Book is being touted as the most complete and authoritative online resource of cardiothoracic surgical information in the world. With more than 2,000 photographs, charts, figures, and surgical videos, this comprehensive e-book will be available soon.
The new Strategic Plan, approved in June, recognizes that the Society has both the capacity and the capability to do things differently and even more successfully than in the past, especially in the areas of member engagement, virtual education, diversity, and advocacy.
In 2019, Arman Kilic, MD, from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, received the TSF Research Award, which he’s currently using to research artificial intelligence and machine learning in cardiothoracic surgery in hopes of improving risk prediction and patient outcomes.
STS members who participate in the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database and the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced Model now have an opportunity to increase their Medicare reimbursement. Also, STS has submitted its formal comments to the proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule for 2021 and is working with members of Congress to ensure that the final rule is fair to cardiothoracic surgeons and their patients.
A cardiothoracic surgeon described as “beyond remarkable” passed away on July 1 at the age of 91. George C. Kaiser, MD, became the Society’s 32nd President in 1997 after having served 5 years as Secretary.