2019 TSDA Boot Camp

TSDA is pleased to announce the opening of resident registration for its 2019 Boot Camp, to be held September 12-15 in Chapel Hill, NC. Registration will open at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 12 and adjourn at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 15.

Registration is open to first-year residents at traditional 2- and 3-year programs who start July/August 2019, and fourth-year residents at integrated programs as of July/August 2019. Nominations are accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

The 2019 registration fee is $1,000 per resident. Programs are responsible for covering all travel related expenses (airfare and ground transportation) and lodging expenses at the Marriott Courtyard Chapel Hill (approximately $186 per night). Programs are also responsible for making all travel arrangements and hotel reservations. Residents are expected to stay a minimum of three nights from Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 15. It is at the program’s discretion whether or not their resident requires lodging for more than three nights. Programs will be provided with a housing link to make reservations at the Marriott Courtyard Chapel Hill when resident participation is confirmed.

Program Directors are invited to nominate eligible residents to participate in the 2019 TSDA Boot Camp. If more than one eligible resident is nominated, Program Directors are required to rank the list of nominees. The resident ranked #1 will receive registration priority; the program’s other ranked residents will be considered based on availability. If multiple resident nominees are not ranked at the time of submission, a nominee position will be held for the program; however, participant confirmation will not be provided until a ranked list is received from the program.

Please be aware of the following nomination guidelines that may jeopardize your program’s eligibility to nominate a resident to Boot Camp:

  • Non-payment of 2018 TSDA membership dues
  • Non-payment of 2019 TSDA membership dues by July 1

To nominate your program’s eligible resident(s), submit the following information to Maricruz Carreno, TSDA Affiliate Coordinator, at mcarreno@sts.org by Friday, May 31:

  • Resident name
  • Resident PGY
  • Program track (traditional, I6 or 4/3)
  • Resident personal email address
  • Resident institution email, if available

Please enter “2019 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 Maricruz Carreno at 312-202-5898 to confirm your message was received. Programs will receive a separate message confirming resident participation at a later date. Program Directors will be notified by TSDA if their resident is accepted to this year’s Boot Camp and invoiced $1,000 for registration.

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Several Boot Camp residents have returned as faculty later in their career.

This year’s training sessions include*:

  • Cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Vessel anastomosis
  • One lung ventilation
  • Hilar dissection/lobectomy
  • Basic robotic skills training
  • Wire/TAVR skills training
  • Aortic root and valve anatomy (mini-session)
  • Aortic root surgery (mini-session)

*Subject to change

TSDA is asking each program to consider the value sending a resident to the 2019 Boot Camp. 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.