2018 TSDA Boot Camp

TSDA regrets to announce that the 2018 TSDA Boot Camp program scheduled for September 13-16, 2018 in Chapel Hill, NC has been cancelled due to Hurricane Florence. Attendee safety is of utmost concern, and Hurricane Florence’s projected path promises to be quite disruptive in the Carolinas. On behalf of the TSDA Executive Committee and Boot Camp Program Directors, our deepest apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused attendees. Participating Program Directors, Program Coordinators, residents, faculty and industry representatives will be notified if the program is rescheduled.

The TSDA Boot Camp 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:

  • Exposure to a simulated OR environment for cardiac and general thoracic procedures facilitated by leaders in thoracic surgery education. This is particularly significant to residents whose programs do not offer this opportunity.
  • Extensive one-on-one interaction with faculty.
  • In just one weekend, resident attendees will meet their 20-hour simulation requirement mandated by the ABTS.
  • A report developed by the ABTS demonstrates that residents who attended Boot Camp are two times more likely to pass their Board exams than those who did not attend Boot Camp.
  • Past resident attendees continue to comment on the importance of Boot Camp as a networking resource for faculty and fellow residents to discuss educational and professional opportunities. TSDA continuously hears how residents continue to be in contact with other residents and faculty long after Boot Camp is over, and Boot Camp residents have returned as faculty members.

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. 2008-2017 resident survey results garnered the following data:

  • 100% of Boot Camp attendees agree that Boot Camp was time well-spent.
  • 100% of Boot Camp attendees would recommend Boot Camp to another resident.
  • An overall rating of 4.5 on a 5-point scale given to hands-on tasks in terms of helping participating residents gain skills and achieve confidence.
  • Of the Boot Camp survey respondents who their completed their CT surgery residency training program:
    • 85% agreed that Boot Camp gave them an advantage throughout their training,
    • 77% agreed that Boot Camp made them better surgeons.

Training sessions include:

  • Cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Vessel anastomosis
  • One lung ventilation
  • Hilar dissection/lobectomy
  • Aortic valve surgery (mini-session)
  • Mitral valve surgery (mini-session)
  • Aortic root surgery (mini-session)



Boot Camp Schedule
Anatomy of the Heart, Dr. Gene Grossi
TSRA Resources

Cardiac: Mitral Valve Anatomy & Suturing
Course Outline
Course Assessment
Mitral Valve Anatomy & Suturing
Movie: Resident resecting diseased anterior leaflet
Movie: Resident placing posterior mitral valve leaflet annuloplasty sutures
Movie: Resident placing posterior mitral leaflet replacement sutures

Cardiac: Aortic Root & Valve Anatomy
Aortic Valve & Valve Anatomy: The Platform for all Aortic Root Surgery

Cardiac: Cardiopulmonary Bypass
Cardiopulmonary Bypass Skills
Cardiopulmonary Bypass Steps
Cardiopulmonary Bypass: A Primer (iTunes download)
Portfolio for Cardiac Surgery
Simple Pig Heart Model
Course Assessment: Cannulation
Course Assessment: All Scenarios

Cardiac: Vessel Anastomosis
Coronary and Vessel Anastomosis
Course Assessment

Cardiac: Introduction to Aortic Valve Surgery
Aortic Valve Pathology and Treatment

General Thoracic: Open Lobectomy
Open Lobectomy Syllabus
Lung Cancer Staging
Lymph Node Map

General Thoracic: Bronchoscopy/Mediastinoscopy
Lung Separate Techniques
The Use of Fiberoptic Endoscopy in Anesthesia
One Lung Ventilation Module

Corporate Supporters

Thank you to TSDA’s generous industry sponsors for their support of the 2018 TSDA Boot Camp:

Medal of Honor

Gold Bars
CR Bard

Silver Cluster
Olympus Corporation of the Americas
W.L. Gore & Associates

Bronze Star
Abbott/St. Jude Medical
Boston Scientific


Boston Scientific
Edwards Lifesciences
Scanlan International
Zimmer Biomet

Product Support
TSDA thanks the following contributors for their generous donations of equipment and supplies:

Abbott/St. Jude Medical
Boston Scientific
CAE Healthcare
The Chamberlain Group
Edwards Lifesciences
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Karl Storz Endoscopy
LSI Solutions
Olympus Corporation of the Americas
Scanlan International
University of North Carolina, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
W.L. Gore & Associates