2018 Annual Meeting Preview

  • Education with an EdgeIf you want to stay at the forefront of what’s new in cardiothoracic surgery, mark your calendar now for the STS 54th Annual Meeting to be held Saturday, January 27, through Wednesday, January 31, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. READ MORE
  • Register TodayRegister and reserve your housing for the STS 54th Annual Meeting at sts.org/annualmeeting. You must register by Thursday, January 4, 2018, to receive special Annual Meeting rates for your housing. READ MORE
  • Understanding Bias Helps Improve Patient SafetyIn this era of evidence-based medicine, evidence can sometimes be ignored during diagnosis and treatment, leading to adverse events. The 2018 Patient Safety Symposium will explore how cognitive biases and “rules of thumb” can affect clinical decisions. READ MORE
  • Relax and Recharge in Fort LauderdaleScenic beaches and waterways make Fort Lauderdale a prime vacation destination, but the city offers much more. Before and after the STS Annual Meeting, attendees can take advantage of a diverse selection of lively shopping and entertainment districts, cultural activities, and fine dining. READ MORE
  • Looking at Tomorrow’s TechnologiesLearn about cutting-edge technologies and new developments in cardiothoracic surgery at STS/AATS Tech-Con 2018. Held Saturday, January 27, the day before the opening of the 54th Annual Meeting, Tech-Con will offer separate tracks for adult cardiac and general thoracic surgery. READ MORE
  • Symposium Highlights Techniques to Manage Heart InfectionsInfectious heart disease, especially as a result of the current opioid epidemic, is on the rise among young adults. At the International Symposium, surgeons from around the world will explain their approaches to dealing with these infections, the central challenges they face, and the ethical disease management dilemmas related to infectious heart disease in young adults. READ MORE
  • STS University: Take Learning to New LevelsCap off your Annual Meeting experience by attending STS University on Wednesday, January 31. These hands-on courses allow you to gain experience performing a variety of cardiothoracic surgical procedures. Expert instructors will work closely with small groups and will provide ample opportunity for questions and individual instruction. READ MORE
  • Reimbursement Changes Require Better Reporting from SurgeonsCardiothoracic surgeons spend years learning and honing skills related to surgery, but most spend relatively little time studying the business side of medicine. That may be about to change. New reimbursement rules are forcing changes in the day-to-day activities of surgeons who must now place more emphasis on documentation, coding, and data collection. READ MORE
  • Should Patients Be Left in the Care of a General Surgeon?More smaller or remote health care facilities are requesting assistance from cardiothoracic surgeons at major hospitals, leading to controversy over what happens when the cardiothoracic surgeon leaves. Oftentimes, patient care is transferred to a less experienced general surgeon. During the 2018 Ethics Debate, two cardiothoracic surgeons will explore the pros and cons of this trend. READ MORE
  • STS Moves to Create a More Diverse SpecialtyRecognizing the growing diversity of cardiothoracic surgery patients and the population at large, the Society’s Special Ad Hoc Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion has designed a new session to address the role of diversity and inclusion in the cardiothoracic surgery workforce and explore why physicians who are underrepresented in medicine are important for the optimal delivery of cardiothoracic surgical care. READ MORE
  • Mingle Oceanside at the President’s ReceptionNetwork with STS leaders and fellow meeting attendees at the President’s Reception on Sunday evening, January 28. This high-profile event will be held on an oceanfront terrace at the luxurious Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. While a tropical-themed band plays in the background, enjoy gourmet food stations and an open bar. Colorful tropical birds will be on hand to enhance the mood. READ MORE
  • Video-Based Sessions Highlight Unique Insights into Common ProceduresTextbooks and peer-reviewed publications are not ideal formats for showing the technical nuances of challenging operations. Cardiothoracic surgeons are visual learners, and videos are an important educational tool. To showcase this dynamic learning format, the 2018 Annual Meeting will feature three sessions that focus exclusively on videos within adult cardiac, general thoracic, and congenital heart surgery. READ MORE
  • STS 54th Annual Meeting ProgramProgram for Friday, January 26, 2018 through Wednesday, January 31, 2018. READ MORE
  • Register for the STS/CTSNet Career FairMeet face-to-face with potential employers at the STS 54th Annual Meeting. During the STS/CTSNet Career Fair, recruiters will be available to talk with you about career opportunities. READ MORE
  • International Attendees: Request a Letter of InvitationIf you need a personalized letter of invitation, visit sts.org/annualmeeting and complete the Visa Invitation Letter Request Form. Once you have completed the request form, STS will email a personalized letter of invitation to you within 1 business week. Please note: STS cannot promise that you or your colleagues will receive a visa, nor can it change the decision of any governmental agency should your application be denied. READ MORE
  • Take Advantage of Free Annual Meeting Online AccessAccess to the STS 54th Annual Meeting Online is included with Annual Meeting registration. With such a full meeting schedule, it’s impossible to attend every presentation. This web-based video presentation will provide an opportunity to review sessions of special interest and earn CME credit—all from the comfort of your home or office. The Online product will be available approximately 1 month after the conclusion of the Annual Meeting and will be accessible for up to a year. Learn more at sts.org/AMonline. READ MORE
  • Become an STS MemberSTS membership offers a wide range of benefits, including complimentary subscriptions to The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the quarterly newsletter STS News, and more. STS members also receive reduced registration rates for the STS Annual Meeting and many other educational events throughout the year. Surgeon members may qualify for discounted participation fees in the STS National Database. READ MORE