Cardiothoracic Surgery in the COVID Crisis: Impact on Residency and Training

By altering cardiothoracic surgical practice, the COVID pandemic also has changed the course of cardiothoracic surgery residency programs. This week’s webinar focused on the impact that COVID has had on cardiothoracic training and education and the strategies that programs around the country are using to address it. Moderators Alexander Brescia, MD, MSc, Michael Jaklitsch, MD, and John Kern, MD, were joined by leaders from the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) and the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, as well as residents. During the webinar they:

  • Addressed the reduction of cardiothoracic case volume and how it’s being approached by the trainees, program directors, and ABTS  
  • Described teaching adaptations during COVID, including virtual didactic, Board preparation, and review of operative steps and techniques  
  • Shared experiences about how COVID has changed residents’ roles and responsibilities within hospitals to include off-service redeployment and scrubbing cases
  • Discussed the wellness of residents and their families 
  • Answered questions from the audience

This webinar was supported by Medtronic.

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Alexander A. Brescia, MD, MSc
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

John A. Kern, MD
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Michael T. Jaklitsch, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Scott C. Deroo, MD
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

David A. Fullerton, MD
University of Colorado   
Aurora, CO

Xiaoying Lou, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

Ara A. Vaporciyan, MD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
VIEW Dr. Vaporciyan's Slide Presentation

Fatima G. Wilder, MD
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD