Student & Resident Resources

Considering a career in cardiothoracic surgery? Hear why STS leaders think it is a good idea. This video features Rishindra M. Reddy, MD, Jules Lin, MD, Jeffrey B. Rich, MD, G. Alexander Patterson, MD, Leah M. Backhus, MD, Mark S. Allen, MD, and Keith S. Naunheim, MD. 


2021 STS Residents Symposium

The Residents Symposium at the STS Annual Meeting offered practical early career information and an opportunity to ask questions of experienced surgeon panelists in a virtual environment. The 2021 Symposium included the following talks:

  • How to Set Yourself Up for Success During Your Residency and Beyond
  • Academic and Private Practice Employment Paradigms, Including Contracts
  • Key Steps to Finding the Right Job / Five Things I Wish I Knew Before Taking My First Job
  • Achieving Personal Financial Security
  • Achieving Work/Life Integration and Personal Wellness

All views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Society.


2021 STS Residents Luncheon

The 2021 STS Residents Luncheon will be a unique virtual event that will address important issues facing cardiothoracic surgery trainees. Attendees will hear from leaders in the specialty and be paired with experienced surgeon leaders in virtual breakout rooms. Trainees will rotate breakout rooms to discuss important topics from the following: 

Education 
How important is additional fellowship training after residency? 
What is the role of dedicated research time during residency training? 

More Than Heart & Lung Surgery 
What is the field of cardiothoracic surgery doing to address gaps in diversity? 
Are there any gaps in your training outside of clinical care that need to be addressed? 

CT Surgery in the Real World 2021-2041 
What is the current state of the job market? 
What role should cardiothoracic surgeons and professional societies like the STS play in public health crises? 

All views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Society. 


STS Looking to the Future Scholarship Program

The application process for the STS Looking to the Future Scholarship is now closed for 2021 and the awardees have been announced.

The STS Looking to the Future Scholarship Program aims to encourage general surgery residents and medical students who are considering, but not yet committed to, a career in cardiothoracic surgery.


STS Thoracic Surgical Curriculum

The STS Thoracic Surgical Curriculum houses a wealth of educational materials, including textbooks, videos, and case presentations designed to support residency training education.

As of August 1, 2020, the Curriculum will be included in the STS Learning Center.

Program directors and coordinators easily can set up a 1-, 2-, or 3-year curriculum, as well as create customized assignments and offer National Benchmarked Quizzes for resident comparison across programs.

The Curriculum currently is accessible only by cardiothoracic surgery residency program directors, coordinators, faculty, and residents.

Curriculum Suggestions and Errors Form

Please fill out this form if you have any comments, suggestions, or have identified any errors in the Thoracic Surgical Curriculum.