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.
While a comprehensive knowledge of cardiothoracic diseases will undoubtedly remain essential in training the next generation of cardiothoracic surgeons, developing a focus on a particular area within the specialty is becoming more and more important—for both a surgeon’s career and optimal patient outcomes.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Find the latest updates on STS member job changes, promotions, and awards.
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.
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.
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.
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.