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STSA 64th Annual Meeting Program Book Published

The STSA 64th Annual Meeting Program Book is now available online.

The Program Book includes a full schedule of events to take place November 8-11 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, TX. The book also includes paper presentation abstracts, a membership roster, exhibitor descriptions and booth numbers, information about Annual Meeting awards, and more.

The STSA Program and Postgraduate Committees put an enormous amount of effort into planning an exceptional educational program featuring presentations from some of the foremost cardiothoracic surgeons in the world. Social activities have been scheduled to provide opportunities for meeting attendees and their families to enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of the Southern Thoracic community as well as the gorgeous grounds of the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. Learn more about social activities and purchase your family’s tickets today.

Early registration for the 64th Annual Meeting is available until October 18, 2017.

Learn more about the STSA 64th Annual Meeting at www.stsa.org/64thannual and contact STSA headquarters at stsa@stsa.org or 312.202.5892 with questions.

October 13, 2017 | By More

Early Registration and Housing Deadline Extended for STSA 64th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX

The STSA 64th Annual Meeting will take place November 8-11, 2017 at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, T

Don’t miss out! The STSA 64th Annual Meeting early registration and housing deadline is now extended until October 18, 2017.  Make your plans now to join STSA at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, TX, November 8-11, 2017.

Register for the Annual Meeting online or download a registration form.

After October 18, attendees can register for the meeting onsite at the host resort. There will be an additional $50 fee for attendees registering onsite.

A limited number of rooms are available at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa at a special group rate on a first-come, first-served basis. The STSA block of discounted hotel rooms is being held until Wednesday, October 18, 2017, provided rooms are still available in our room block. After this date, room reservations will be accepted based upon availability only. Book early to secure your room at the host resort!

Reserve your hotel room online via the JW Marriott San Antonio reservation system or call the hotel reservations department at 877-622-3140. To qualify for the special meeting rate, be sure to mention that you are attending the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association’s annual meeting.

The STSA 64th Annual Meeting is packed with dynamic educational sessions and opportunities to enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie that the Southern Thoracic is known for.

  • The Annual Meeting Program Book is now available. Review the full educational line-up and Schedule of Events.
  • Make sure to register for social activities, including the golf outing and the Friday evening Awards Dinner.

Visit www.stsa.org/64thannual for all meeting-related information.

Contact STSA Headquarters with questions at stsa@stsa.org or 312.202.5892.

October 13, 2017 | By More

Register for the STSA 64th Annual Meeting

The STSA 64th Annual Meeting will take place November 8-11, 2017 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, TX.

Registration for the STSA 64th Annual Meeting is now available.

  • Register for the STSA 64th Annual Meeting online. Log in to your STSA user account to register for the Annual Meeting. STSA members and previous STSA Annual Meeting attendees have an existing user account. Non-members and first-time STSA Annual Meeting attendees should create an account in order to register.
  • Download a printable registration form. Completed registration forms can be mailed with check payment to STSA, PO Box 809204, Chicago, IL 60680. If paying by credit card, please register online or fax your completed registration form to 773.289.0871.

Please note that STSA members may only register at the reduced member rate if 2017 membership dues have been paid in full. Contact STSA Headquarters at stsa@stsa.org or 312.202.5892 with questions about your membership or to submit a dues payment.

When registering for the meeting, be sure to secure your social activity tickets. The following activities will be available exclusively to STSA meeting registrants:

  • Annual Awards Dinner: Join fellow meeting attendees and their families for an evening of dining and entertainment at the always-memorable Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, November 10. Award presentations will be shortened to maximize time to socialize and enjoy your friends and family at the STSA. Children’s tickets are available.
  • Golf Outing: Participate in the 2017 STSA Golf Outing at TPC San Antonio on Saturday, November 11. Tee times begin at 1:00pm. A Peter Dye-crafted par-72 course sits on a great piece of land which provides panoramic views of an adjacent 700-acre nature preserve. The design, which measures more than 7,000 yards, is true to nature and to the flow of the land. The dramatic elevation changes and hill country views make this course not only challenging, but breathtaking as well. The Golf Outing is expected to sell-out; register early and in advance to secure your ticket.

Learn how to reserve your room at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, make dining reservations, and book tee times.

The Advance Program is now available. Click here to review all the educational sessions in detail.

Contact STSA Headquarters with questions about STSA 64th Annual Meeting registration and housing by e-mailing stsa@stsa.org or calling 312.202.5892.

July 19, 2017 | By More

64th Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are now being accepted for the STSA 64th Annual Meeting 2017 Abstract Submission
which will be held November 8-11, 2017 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, TX. The deadline to submit abstracts is Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Oral, video, and history abstracts will be accepted. Oral and video submission categories including the following:

  • Adult Cardiac
    • Aortic
    • Basic Science Research
    • Cardiac Transplantation/ VAD
    • Ischemic Heart Disease
    • Miscellaneous (Arrhythmias, Tumors, etc.)
    • Valvular
  • Congenital
    • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
    • Basic Science Research
    • Neonates and Children
  • General Thoracic
    • Basic Science Research
    • Esophageal Disease
    • Lung Cancer
    • Lung Transplantation
    • Miscellaneous
    • Other Lung
  • Surgical Education
  • Simulation and Team-Based Learning
  • Patient Safety
  • Lessons Learned from Intraoperative Complications

Residents submitting abstracts may select to participate in the 2017 Hawley Seiler Residents Competition.  This award is bestowed upon the resident with the highest quality abstract, manuscript and oral presentation.

Learn more about the Hawley Seiler Competition and view a list of past award recipients.

The STSA Annual Meeting is the premier forum to disseminate information to the cardiothoracic surgery community. Accepted oral presentations are submitted for publication to The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, which has a circulation of more than 8,000 subscribers.

Contact STSA Headquarters with questions at stsa@stsa.org or 312.202.5892.

February 16, 2017 | By More

STSA Is Seeking Feedback from 2015 Annual Meeting Attendees

62nd Annual Meeting CME

More than 450 professional attendees earned 4,797 CME credits by participating in the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting November 4-7, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. STSA attendees can provide feedback about the long-term impact of the 62nd Annual Meeting on their practice by completing a 6-month follow-up survey.

The STSA 62nd Annual Meeting was held approximately six months ago from November 4-7, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

By all accounts the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting was a huge success. The educational program featured more than 20 hours of ACCME-accredited content, and STSA awarded 4,797 CME credits (or the equivalent) to professional meeting attendees for their participation.

2015 total meeting registration set an all-time record high for STSA. 636 individuals registered for meeting compared to an average of 530 registrants for the previous five Annual Meetings. Industry participation was equally as impressive: 40 companies were represented in the Exhibit Hall, and six companies awarded STSA educational grant funding to assist in covering meeting-related costs.

Select STSA 2015 video presentations – including invited talks by Tirone David, MD and Robert Bartlett, MD – are available on CTSNet. Visit www.stsa.org/62ndannual to learn more about the meeting and review the full educational program.

If you joined STSA at the 62nd Annual Meeting, we want to hear from you. STSA is seeking feedback from 2015 Annual Meeting professional attendees to help determine the long-term impact of the educational program. All meeting registrants received an e-mail this morning including a link to the STSA 2015 Annual Meeting 6-month Follow-up Survey. If you attended the November 2015 STSA Annual Meeting but did not receive an e-mail inviting you to participate in the 6-month follow-up survey, please contact STSA and stsa@stsa.org or (312) 202-5892 for assistance. The deadline to complete the survey is May 4, 2016.

The purpose of the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting six-month follow-up survey is to measure the level to which CME content improved attendees’ long-term competence, performance, and/or patient outcomes in clinical practice. STSA also seeks to identify any barriers that have prevented attendees from implementing intended practice changes and improvements. Topic suggestions and feedback about current areas of need and professional practice gaps will be considered by the Postgraduate and Program Committees as they work to create the 63rd Annual Meeting November 9-12, 2016 in Naples, FL.

Save the date for STSA 2016: November 9-12 in Naples. The STSA 63rd Annual Meeting is shaping up to be another excellent event. STSA President, Dr. A.J. Carpenter, recently conducted a planning visit at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. The Postgraduate Committee is hard at work identifying 2016 invited talks and topics. The Program Committee is currently reviewing more than 260 abstract submissions in anticipation of their May 6 Program Planning Meeting in Chicago. Learn more at www.stsa.org/63rdannual.

April 26, 2016 | By More

2016 Postgraduate Program Highlights Announced

The STSA Postgraduate Committee is tasked with creating the Association’s annual Postgraduate Program: a four hour educational session comprised of invited talks on pressing topics in the field of CT surgery. The 2016 Postgraduate Program will take place in conjunction with the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 11 from 7:00 am-12:15 pm in Naples, FL.

2016 Postgraduate Committee Members include:

  • Paul J. Chai, Chair
  • Scott A. LeMaire, Chair
  • John H. Calhoon
  • Andrea J. Carpenter
  • Robert J. Dabal
  • Melanie Edwards
  • Richard K. Freeman
  • Kirk R. Kanter
  • Daniel L. Miller
  • Chad N. Stasik

The Committee has reviewed 2015 Annual Meeting evaluation data and various other resources to identify existing educational needs and practice gaps in cardiothoracic surgery. The 2016 Postgraduate Program agenda will be published in the Spring issue of STSA News next month.

2016 STSA Annual Meeting attendees can look forward to the following Program highlights:

  • Invited talks on ECMO and best practices for blood conservation;
  • Adult cardiac, general thoracic, and congenital breakout sessions featuring complicated case presentations;
  • New in 2016, a fourth breakout session designed specifically for interdisciplinary care providers will focus on managing the post-operative care of cardiothoracic surgery patients;
  • A “How I Teach It” session featuring expert speakers will address the challenges of teaching cardiothoracic operations; and
  • A Legends Lecture by Mark B. Orringer, MD.

Be sure to check your inbox for STSA News in late-May for the full lineup of speakers and talks. Registration and housing for the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting will be available in mid-June. Learn more about the meeting at www.stsa.org/63rdannual. Contact STSA Headquarters at stsa@stsa.org or (312) 202-5892 with questions.

April 20, 2016 | By More

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended Until Wednesday, April 6

The STSA abstract submission deadline has been extended. STSA will now accept oral and surgical video abstracts until Wednesday, April 6, 11:59 pm, ET. Abstracts selected for presentation at the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting will be included in the official Annual Meeting Program Book and will be considered for publication in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. The 63rd Annual Meeting will be held November 9-12, 2016 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, FL.

Learn more about the 63rd Annual Meeting abstract submission process at www.stsa.org/abstracts.

For technical questions regarding abstract submissions, e-mail Technical Support at ts.acsupport@thomson.com or call (434) 964-4100. Technical Support is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., ET. For non-technical questions regarding submissions, e-mail STSA at stsa@stsa.org or call (312) 202-5892.

April 4, 2016 | By More

Enter Your STSA Abstract Disclosure Information in 3 Easy Steps

STSA Call for Abstracts 2016

The deadline to participate in the STSA 2016 call for abstracts is Monday, April 4, 2016, 11:59 pm, ET.

The deadline to submit STSA 63rd Annual Meeting abstracts is Monday, April 4, 2016, 11:59 pm, ET. Visit www.stsa.org/abstracts for additional information about the abstract submission process and the many benefits of presenting your work at the STSA Annual Meeting.

New in 2016, each STSA abstract co-author is required to submit their personal financial disclosures. This process has been put in place to alleviate the burden on primary authors (who were previously responsible for collecting and submitting all co-author disclosures) and to ensure that the financial disclosure collected is as accurate and complete as possible.

To submit your disclosure information, follow these three easy steps:

1. Log in to the STSA abstract submission site using your personal username and password, and select General Information from the dropdown next to your name on the top right-hand menu.

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2. On the General Information page, go to the Disclosure step, and complete all sections with a red asterisk next to them.

Enter Disclosures

3. Save changes.

Not sure of your STSA abstract submission site username or password? Click here to access the Forgot Password page.

Call or e-mail us for additional assistance. For technical questions regarding submissions, e-mail Technical Support at ts.acsupport@thomson.com or call 434.964.4100. Technical Support is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., ET. For non-technical questions regarding submissions, e-mail STSA at stsa@stsa.org or call 312.202.5892.

April 1, 2016 | By More

Robert Bartlett’s STSA 2015 ECMO Talk Deemed Superb by Meeting Attendees

Robert Bartlett, MD

Robert Bartlett, MD presented the talk “ECMO: Past, Present and Future” at STSA 2015 on Nov. 5, 2015 in Orlando, FL.

Robert Bartlett, MD, Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, presented an informative talk on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting in Orlando on November 5, 2015.

Dr. Bartlett’s 2015 Postgraduate Program talk was one of the highest rated presentations of the entire STSA 62nd Annual Meeting. Meeting attendees provided the following comments on their meeting evaluations:

  • “Bartlett offers excellent insight into the past and future of ECMO applications.”
  • “Dr. Bartlett was superb!”
  • “Loved the addition of Dr. Bartlett to the program.”
  • “Dr. Bartlett is a wonderful pioneer.”

Video of this talk is now available on CTSNet.

ECMO: Past, Present, and Future

The 2016 STSA Postgraduate Program will take place on Thursday, November 10, 2016 in conjunction with the 63rd Annual Meeting. An agenda will be available in the coming weeks.

March 25, 2016 | By More

Nearly 75% of STSA Annual Meeting Manuscripts Published in The Annals

The primary objectives of STSA are to disseminate knowledge and stimulate progress in the field of cardiothoracic surgery, and to promote fellowship among southern and southern-trained thoracic surgeons. STSA accomplishes these objectives through its Annual Meeting, making the meeting a uniquely rich and dynamic learning environment where attendees can enjoy the company of their colleagues.

A majority of STSA Annual Meeting educational content is derived through the abstract submission process. STSA is currently accepting video and oral abstract submissions in the categories of adult cardiac, general thoracic, congenital, and transplant surgery, as well as history, surgical education, simulations and team-based learning, patient safety, and lessons learned from intraoperative complications for its STSA 63rd Annual Meeting. The 63rd Annual Meeting will be held November 9-12, 2016 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, FL.

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Among the many reasons to submit work for presentation at STSA is the opportunity to be published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the official journal of STSA and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Authors selected to present at an STSA Annual Meeting are required to submit their manuscript to The Annals for consideration for publication.

In 2013 and 2014, nearly 75% of STSA Annual Meeting abstract manuscripts were accepted for publication in The Annals, which has a circulation of more than 8,000 subscribers. The STSA Annual Meeting an exceptional forum for disseminating your work to the entire specialty.

Plus the intimate size and focus on collegiality makes STSA a uniquely energetic and open environment where you are sure to find a lively exchange of ideas.

Review the 2016 abstracts submission guidelines and access the abstract submission website at www.stsa.org/abstracts. Contact STSA Headquarters with questions at stsa@stsa.org or 312.202.5892. The deadline to submit abstracts is April 4, 2016.

 

 

March 10, 2016 | By More