In this issue, read about the Society's new headquarters office, the cardiothoracic surgeon's role in addressing the opioid crisis, an exciting educational course on mechanical circulatory support, the power of political advocacy, and more.
After a chaotic few weeks immediately following the STS Annual Meeting, the Society opened its doors to a newly constructed headquarters office on February 20.
New STS officers and directors were elected during the Annual Membership (Business) Meeting on Monday, January 29, at the 54th Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale.
There are many longstanding issues afflicting our cardiothoracic surgical specialty, including threats to reimbursement, liability issues, and burdensome regulation. The profession has addressed and continues to address these issues; however, just recently, a chronic but previously unrecognized danger to the specialty and our patients was identified—the national epidemic of opioid abuse.
Your technical skills in the operating room are, of course, essential to developing a thriving cardiothoracic surgical career. But understanding how your procedures should be coded, navigating contract negotiations, and finding a good mentor also are important elements in ensuring your success.
In this world of plentiful information available to the public about physicians, as a function of both advertising and other promotional vehicles created by physicians, as well as numerous sources of information generated by third parties, cardiothoracic surgeons are wise to pay attention to their public images.
Find the latest updates on STS member job changes, promotions, and awards.
Read about how two STS members balance motherhood and cardiothoracic surgery, new video roundtable and podcast episodes, heart valve disease awareness events, and a recap of the Society's recent Symposium on Robotic Cardiac Surgery.
Clinical trials in durable mechanical circulatory support, the use of these devices in children, and challenges to the paradigm of durable continuous-flow rotary pumps are just a few of the topics that will be explored at the 2018 STS Intermacs Meeting.
Read a recap of the Presidential Address by Richard L. Prager, MD, check out the award winners, and see photos from the STS 54th Annual Meeting, held in Fort Lauderdale January 27–31, 2018.
For Mitchell J. Magee, MD, becoming involved in political advocacy was his way to influence patient care beyond the operating room and the health care setting.