2019 TSDA Boot Camp

The 2019 TSDA Boot Camp will be held September 12-15 in Chapel Hill, NC. The nomination period is now closed. 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