STS News - Summer 2018

In this issue, read about the benefits of surgeon "supersubspecialization," sexual harassment and gender bias in cardiothoracic surgery, an affordable way to conduct research using STS National Database data, and more.

STS Amplifies Commitment to Reinvesting in the Specialty

The STS Board of Directors recently amended the organization’s spending policy in order to make even more funding available for reinvestment in the specialty. As a result of this modification, STS spending policy funding will increase from $904,000 in 2018 to approximately $1,138,000 in 2019.

President's Column: Gender Equity: Where Does CT Surgery Stand?

Failure to appreciate the equal abilities and rights of women can lead not just to sexual harassment, but also to workplace discrimination in the form of gender bias. It’s hard to argue that this has not been true of cardiothoracic surgery in the past, but it’s also important to recognize that many within the specialty, male and female alike, have been battling this form of prejudice for years.

Practice Management: Making the Switch to an EHR System

Most cardiothoracic surgical practices have converted, are converting, or will convert from paper medical records to electronic health records (EHRs). The benefits of an EHR system include transparency, improved documentation and communication, reduced omissions, improved reporting, remote access to records, and increased collections.

Executive Director's Column: On a Culture of “We”

The STS focus on “team” has never been more pronounced, touching all three prongs of our mission to “enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research and advocacy.”

In Memoriam: Gordon F. Murray, MD

A “great friend” to the cardiothoracic surgery community passed away on May 21 at the age of 79. Gordon F. Murray, MD became the Society’s 44th President after having served for 5 years as STS Secretary during a time when the Society underwent significant changes.

News Briefs: Summer 2018

Read about STS Annual Meeting abstract submission, registration for upcoming educational courses on critical care and the STS National Database, how to avoid a Medicare payment cut, applications for awards, fellowships, and scholarships from The Thoracic Surgery Foundation, and more.

Tap into the ‘Power and Depth’ of the STS National Database

Investigators hoping to gain quick access to the high-quality data available in the STS National Database are in luck—the Society’s Participant User File (PUF) Research Program provides an affordable means of obtaining such data and examining important research questions.

Washington Scene: STS Advocates Push for Residency Cap Increase, Access to Claims Data

At the most recent STS Legislative Fly-In, 24 members urged action on five key priorities—increasing the cap on resident training slots, providing Qualified Clinical Data Registries such as the STS National Database with access to Medicare claims data, advancing research on women and lung cancer, enacting Medicare coverage of oral/dental care, and reauthorizing the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.