In this issue, read about a new STS National Database component, how to get the most out of the Annual Meeting, strategies for combating physician burnout, efforts to ensure appropriate surgeon reimbursement, and more.
The STS National Database now has a fourth component. The Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support, or Intermacs, became part of the STS National Database on January 1, 2018, joining the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, the Congenital Heart Surgery Database, and the General Thoracic Surgery Database.
The STS 54th Annual Meeting is just a few weeks away, but it’s not too late to join your colleagues in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for one of the largest cardiothoracic surgery meetings in the world.
As my STS presidential term draws to a close, I have had the opportunity to reflect on the experiences that this unique role has offered.
Recent surveys have shown that physician professional and personal dissatisfaction and burnout rates are at all-time highs. Increasing financial pressures, as well as the rapidly accelerating rate of technological change in medicine, have taken their toll on physicians of all specialties, including ours.
As we all transition from 2017 to 2018, the STS staff is also readying itself for a different kind of transition: the Society’s first headquarters move since 2002.
One of the Society’s most dedicated members passed away on November 14, the day after his 90th birthday.
Find the latest updates on STS member job changes, promotions, and awards.
Read about a new patient safety e-learning program, a recap of the Society's fall educational events, the 2018 recipients of the Looking to the Future Scholarship Program, and more.
Whether it’s your first time attending the STS Annual Meeting or your 20th, making the most of your time in Fort Lauderdale will require planning and a good dose of flexibility.
Determining appropriate payment for cardiothoracic surgical services is a complicated process, and STS has worked tirelessly to help ensure that the procedures performed by its members are fairly quantified and valued.