The development and success of early career members is an important objective for the Society. The STS Workforce on Career Development endeavors to address the specific career needs of members in their first 7 years of practice.
Social Media Outreach
Connect with members of the Workforce on Twitter @CTSurgCareers and make sure to join the quarterly Tweetchats, during which Workforce members and other Society leaders will discuss early career issues in this open social media forum.
The most recent Tweetchat explored ways to balance clinical and research obligations as an early career surgeon. The discussion centered on whether one can actually be both a clinical surgeon and a research scientist, what makes a good research collaborator, and more.
Note: The opinions expressed in this Twitter feed are those of its individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
- The 2018 Residents Symposium at the STS Annual Meeting included talks related to private practice and academic career pathways, the mechanics of finding a job, negotiating a contract, building a successful clinical practice, early career development, what you need to know about finances, and achieving a successful work/life balance. View the slides from the Symposium.
- Mentorship is an important component to success for many up-and-coming cardiothoracic surgeons. For established surgeons, being a good mentor is equally as important. In the video below, Vinay Badhwar, MD (West Virginia University) moderates a discussion that includes Shanda H. Blackmon, MD, MPH (Mayo Clinic), Melanie A. Edwards, MD (Saint Louis University), and David D. Odell, MD, MMSc (Northwestern University) talking about how mentorship is critical to the future of the specialty and what STS is doing to promote mentorship for early career surgeons.