In this issue, read about the global summit of cardiothoracic surgery leaders, new methods of education and information sharing influenced by the COVID pandemic, the Society’s actions against planned Medicare cuts, the latest round of updates to the STS National Database, results from the 2019 STS Practice Survey, and more.
Leaders from global surgical organizations participated in the STS webinar, “Global Summit on Reactivating Cardiothoracic Surgery Programs" about the reemergence of cardiothoracic surgery amid the COVID crisis.
As the world tackles this historic public health crisis, the Society has adopted new methods of education and information sharing and is continuing to support its members with valuable products and services.
Find the latest updates on STS member job changes, including for Drs. Ali Dodge-Khatami, Jeffrey Jacobs, Chris Rokkas, M. Sertaç Çiçek, Charles Murphy, James Edgerton, and Alexander Schutz.
The Society welcomed Debra A. DaRosa, PhD, as the new Public Director on the STS Board of Directors.
The medical profession—and specifically cardiothoracic surgeons—have performed really quite well under very untoward circumstances these past few months. I feel proud to be part of a profession in which the higher the pressure, the better the performance. I hope you feel the same way.
The Congenital Heart Surgery Database recently transitioned to the new STS National Database platform, while several new Database enhancements also were rolled out for the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database and General Thoracic Surgery Database.
During a recent STS webinar on “Early Career Surgeons, COVID-19, and the Future,” panelists described some of the things that the pandemic has helped them better appreciate.
Results from the 2019 STS Practice Survey show that cardiothoracic surgeons are fully aware of the difficulties that exist in the specialty, but still, they report being extremely satisfied with their jobs—more so than ever before.
The Thoracic Surgery Foundation is accepting applications for 2021 awards through September 15, 2020. Offerings include grants for research, education, leadership, and surgical outreach, as well as the new Saha Scholarship Award.
The Surgical Care Coalition, of which STS is a founding member, has launched a multifaceted campaign designed to make lawmakers and the public aware of the value of surgeons and how planned Medicare cuts will impact patients’ timely access to surgical care. The strategy consists of legislative and regulatory advocacy, a public relations campaign, research and data collection on the impact of the cuts, and—potentially—legal action.