Training Doesn’t End after CT Surgery Residency Is Over

Rishindra M. Reddy, MD

Rishindra M. Reddy, MD

Today’s cardiothoracic surgery residents need to be lifelong learners with strong clinical, technical, and leadership skills if they are to succeed in an increasingly complex practice environment. 

“We are being challenged by hospitals to lead better in the operating room and incorporate new technology and new clinical trial results into our daily practice. The days when you could just ‘operate’ after training are gone,” said Rishindra M. Reddy, MD, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  

Monday’s Education Summit will provide residents with an opportunity to learn about the new challenges and demands that they can expect as cardiothoracic surgeons, as well as the valuable tools needed to navigate their futures.

“We’re aiming to give residents a bit of early preparation for their lives in 2030,” said Dr. Reddy, who will co-moderate the session with Amy Fiedler, MD, from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.

Experts will provide tips for implementing new technology and techniques into practice. For example, Dr. Reddy said he anticipates that three to five new robotic systems will emerge in the next several years, forcing all surgeons to decide when—not if—to incorporate these new technologies into their practice. 

Education Summit: Training Residents Today to Thrive in 2030

1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Room 229

In addition, several of the session’s non-clinical topics will be of immediate value to residents, including how to achieve financial security during residency and throughout their career, establishing leadership in the OR, and taking a long view of training—one that is often overlooked.

“I was told that 50%-75% of my operations in practice will be ones that I never did in training. I am now in my 11th year of practice, and this is 100% accurate,” Dr. Reddy said. “I never performed robotic surgery as a trainee, and now it encompasses more than half of my practice. Advanced endoscopy also soon will be added to my practice. We need to teach our residents and fellows to be lifelong learners who are not afraid of new ideas and new technology.”