WTSA 43rd Annual Meeting

WTSA 43rd Annual Meeting

Announcements The AATS Graham Foundation Invest in the Future Every day, CT surgeons transform the lives of their patients around the world. Your sup...

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The AATS Graham Foundation Invest in the Future Every day, CT surgeons transform the lives of their patients around the world. Your support is essential to ensure the future of our specialty and continue advancing global innovation in CT surgery. Please make a gift to the Graham Foundation or renew your commitment. Together, we can promote our specialty not only for the next generation of surgeons, but also the patients they serve. Learn more about individual and corporate/organizational giving opportunities. Visit the Graham Foundation Web site: www.aatsgra hamfoundation.org Contact the AATS Development Office: 978-252-2200, Ext. 544

review process, and award funding online prior to the July 1st deadline. The Third Andrew Morrow Research Scholarship provides research, training, and experience for North American surgeons committed to pursuing an academic career in cardiothoracic surgery. This two-year scholarship will run from July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2020, and provides an annual $80,000 stipend to the host institution. Deadline: July 1, 2017 The Evarts A. Graham Memorial Traveling Fellowship supports training of international surgeons with the potential for future thoracic surgical leadership. The fellowship will run from 2018-2019 and provide a stipend of $75,000 to help cover living and travel expenses for fellows while visiting North American medical centers. Deadline: July 1, 2017

July 2017 Deadlines There are two programs now open for application. Learn more about the eligibility requirements, application process,

For more information please go to: www.aats.org/AATS GrahamFoundation

The Western Thoracic Surgical Association

Controversies Debate We Are Ready for Competency-Based Cardiac Surgical Training Friday, June 25, 2017

WTSA 43rd Annual Meeting June 21-24, 2017 The Broadmoor Colorado Springs, Colorado

Breakfast Session* Losing Our Shirts: The Impact of Disruptive or Novel Technology on Our Livelihood Postgraduate Course Young Blood for Old Brains Tony Wyss-Coray, Stanford, CA Saturday, June 26, 2017

Visit the WTSA Web site at westernthoracic.org to:  Register by the Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Early Bird deadline, and avoid a $US100 increase in most registration fees;  Reserve your hotel room as soon as possible, as the block of rooms—or specific room types—may fill before the Saturday, May 20, 2017, housing deadline; and  Receive updates on the latest Annual Meeting scientific programming, venue activities, and local attractions.

C. Walton Lillehei Point/Counterpoint Session Ethics and End-of-Life Care SOCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Each registration includes access to Wednesday’s New Members/Welcome Reception, Thursday’s Samson Fun Run, Friday’s Wild Wild West Theme Dinner, and Saturday’s Family Luncheon and President’s Banquet. (Registered children, ages 5-18, have access to supervised Children’s Receptions during the New Members/Welcome Reception and President’s Banquet.) You may also supplement your Annual Meeting experience with these events:

Presidential Address The Seasons of a Thoracic Surgeon James I. Fann, Stanford, CA

 Friday’s Golf Tournament*  Friday’s Tennis Tournament* *Separate Registration Required


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ACCREDITATION This activity is being planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Western Thoracic Surgical Association. The ACS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This live activity will be designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Applications for Membership The WTSA is now accepting Applications for Membership online for Active as well as Candidate membership status for the 2018 membership cycle. Visit the WTSA Web site at www.westernthoracic.org to read the complete membership eligibility requirements and to initiate an online application. Active Member $375.00 annually, plus $50.00 initiation fee Applicant must meet all membership criteria, including but not limited to:  Reside within or have completed a cardiothoracic residency training program within the geographic limits of the Association.  Have been engaged in the practice of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery for at least three years following completion of postgraduate training. If a candidate completed his/her thoracic surgical residency or a oneyear clinical fellowship in an institution within the geographic limits of the Association, such completion may count toward one of the three years of practice.  Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in his or her respective state or province,

The American Board of Thoracic Surgery

and have a current appointment on the surgical staff of a hospital with no reportable action pending which could adversely affect such applicant’s staff privileges at any hospital. Candidate Member $100.00 annually Applicant must meet all membership criteria, including but not limited to:  Be matched or enrolled in either a cardiothoracic surgery education program accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery under the authority of the ACGME or a program approved for cardiothoracic surgery education by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada—or their equivalency—from within the Association’s geographic limits. Individuals who have completed their education in one of the above programs but do not yet meet all of the criteria for Active membership also are eligible to apply for Candidate membership. Individuals who trained outside the Association’s geographic limits who are now residing within the Association’s boundaries but do not yet have three years in practice may also apply for Candidate membership. An application must include the following uploads: a photo, a complete curriculum vitae with bibliography, and, for Active applicants, the 3 most significant articles that s/he personally wrote. The application must be completed and submitted online by March 1, 2018, and all support letter(s) (three for Active applicants, one for Candidates) uploaded by that applicant’s sponsor(s) by March 31, 2018, in order for the applicant to be considered for election to membership at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

process, based upon internal discussions and input from our diplomates.

ABTS Announcement

These inputs resulted in our decision to migrate from a purely knowledge-based multiple-choice exam, using a Pearson Testing Center, to a Mastery Learning Process, using a SESATS format. Diplomates, enrolled in this year’s (2015) 10-year MOC process, will fulfill their Part III requirement by completion of a home or office-based secure learning exam, following the instructions on the ABTS Web site.

The American Board of Thoracic Surgery’s Maintenance of Certification program was adopted 7 years ago. Since that time, there has been a continuous evaluation in the Board’s thinking about the overall

In brief, you will be directed to a secure Web site, administered by Software Secure. The only special computer hardware needed will be a camera for your home or office computer (most laptops now come with a built-in camera).


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