The TSDA is pleased to announce the opening of resident registration for Boot Camp. Registration is open to first-year residents at traditional 2- and 3-year programs who start July 1, 2017, and fourth-year residents as of July 1, 2017 at integrated programs. Each program is invited to nominate one of their residents to participate in the 10th Anniversary TSDA Boot Camp, scheduled for September 14-17, 2017 in Chapel Hill, NC. Only one resident per program may be nominated. The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 14 and adjourn at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 17.
The program is designed to provide incoming residents with an experiential foundation and hands-on practice in basic cardiothoracic operating skills so they are better prepared to enter the CT surgery operating arena. Resident and faculty participants will utilize simulators to enhance the learning experience and create real-world case and emergency scenarios. The TSDA Boot Camp was first held in 2008; the program has since provided programs and residents with numerous tangible and intangible benefits, including:
The intensive training and experiences gained at Boot Camp have resulted in extremely positive reviews by both resident attendees and faculty who volunteer their time for this important event. 2008-2016 resident survey results garnered the following data:
Even with faculty volunteering their time and covering their own expenses, the high cost of Boot Camp allows for only 40 residents. The 2017 registration fee is $500 per resident. Programs are also responsible for covering all travel-related expenses (airfare and ground transportation), and half of lodging expenses for three nights at the Marriott Courtyard Chapel Hill (TSDA will subsidize lodging expenses and programs will be invoiced $270 per resident for the duration of the program). Programs are responsible for all lodging expenses above and beyond three nights. The hotel rate is $180.47 per night.
Please be aware of the following nomination guidelines that may jeopardize your program’s eligibility to nominate a resident to Boot Camp:
TSDA is asking each program to consider the value sending a resident to the 2017 Boot Camp for a nominal charge. While we all face financial constraints, please remember that with the ABTS 20-hour simulation requirement, the Boot Camp registration fee is a real value, especially for those who have to pay for simulation expenses at their institution. This year’s training sessions include:
If you would like to nominate an incoming resident to participate in this year’s Boot Camp, submit their name and e-mail address to Rachel Pebworth, TSDA Affiliate Manager, at email@example.com by Friday, June 2. Please enter “2017 TSDA Boot Camp” in the subject line. If you do not receive confirmation of your resident nomination for Boot Camp within three business days, please call the TSDA office at 312-202-5854 to confirm your message was received. Nominations are accepted on a first-come first-served basis, as there is a limited number of spots for residents.
Program Directors will be notified by TSDA if their resident is accepted to this year’s Boot Camp and invoiced $770 for registration and lodging.