2009 TSDA Boot Camp

TSDA Hosts Second Annual CT Surgery Boot Camp

32 Residents Gather for Hands-On Training
July 30-August 2, 2009

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The Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA) hosted the second annual cardiothoracic surgery Boot Camp July 30-August 2, 2009 in Chapel Hill, NC. The program, developed by TSDA and funded by a grant from the Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education, Inc. (JCTSE), provided resident participants with training in five specific CT surgical areas: cardiopulmonary bypass, anastomosis, open lobectomy, bronchoscopy/mediastinoscopy, and aortic valve surgery. Nearly 60 volunteer faculty members and guests donated their time and expertise to lead the resident courses and participate in faculty development sessions to identify and discuss critical issues concerning the future of cardiothoracic education.

Boot Camp program directors James I. Fann, MD, Richard H. Feins, MD, and George L. Hicks, Jr. MD, crafted the two-and-a-half day intensive course based on needs emerging in CT surgery residency programs. With the use of simulators for both the cardiac and thoracic sessions, the training provided experience and hands-on practice in basic CT operating skills, allowing residents to be better prepared when entering the operating room in their home programs.

Based on resident evaluations, the second annual TSDA Boot Camp was a resounding success. Residents indicated they “thoroughly benefited from the experience” and considered Boot Camp an “outstanding educational experience” and the “best post-graduate experience to date.” Residents also expressed gratitude toward the faculty and were “very impressed with the faculty turnout and involvement” and felt “the one-on-one faculty teaching is critical. It is important that all of the faculty realize how grateful we are for the time they spent with us.”


TSDA would like to thank the following organizations and corporate supporters for their generous contributions to the TSDA 2009 Boot Camp:

Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education, Inc.
Ethicon Endo-Surgery
Immersion Medical
Karl Storz Endoscopy
Olympus America, Inc.
Teleflex Medical
Scanlan International, Inc.
Sorin Group
St. Jude Medical
University of North Carolina Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

TSDA Boot Camp Faculty
Mark S. Allen, MD, Mayo Clinic
Ron E. Angona, Jr., CCP, University of Rochester
Manjit S. Bains, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Craig J. Baker, MD, University of Southern California
Katherine Birchard, MD, University of North Carolina
Michael E. Bowdish, MD, University of North Carolina
Harold M. Burkhart, MD, Mayo Clinic
David B. Campbell, MD, Pennsylvania State University
Andrea J. Carpenter, MD, University of Texas-San Antonio
Alfonso D. Chiscano, MD, University of Texas-San Antonio
Daniel N. Coore, PhD, University of the West Indies
Thomas M. Daniel, MD, University of Virginia
Malcolm M. DeCamp, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
James I. Fann, MD, Stanford University
L. Penfield Faber, MD, Rush University
Richard H. Feins, MD, University of North Carolina
David Fullerton, MD, University of Colorado
James Gangemi, MD, University of Rochester
Eugene A. Grossi, MD, New York University
Benjamin E. Haithcock, MD, University of North Carolina
George L. Hicks, Jr., MD, University of Rochester
Mark D. Iannettoni, MD, University of Iowa
Carolyn Jones, MD, University of Rochester
Irving L. Kron, MD, University of Virginia
George J. Magovern, MD, Allegheny General Hospital
Kamal A. Mansour, MD, Emory University
Michael R. Mill, MD, University of North Carolina
Daniel L. Miller, MD, Emory University
Joseph I. Miller, MD, Emory University
Gordon F. Murray, MD, West Virginia University
L. Wiley Nifong, MD, East Carolina University
Mark B. Orringer, MD, University of Michigan
Peter C. Pairolero, MD, Mayo Clinic
Robert S. Poston, MD, Boston Medical College
Paul S. Ramphal, DM, University of the West Indies
W. Steves Ring, MD, University of Texas Southwestern
Francis Robicsek, MD, Carolinas Medical Center
Ajit Sachdeva, MD, American College of Surgeons
Edward Y. Sako, MD, University of Texas-San Antonio
Peter M. Scholz, MD, UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Richard J. Shemin, MD, University of California-Los Angeles
Ara A. Vaporicyan, MD, University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center
Edward D. Verrier, MD, University of Washington
Jennifer D. Walker, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Thomas J. Watson, MD, University of Rochester
Benson R. Wilcox, MD, University of North Carolina
Douglas E. Wood, MD, University of Washington
Stephen C. Yang, MD, Johns Hopkins University
J. Nilas Young, University of California-Davis

2009 Boot Camp Residency Program Participants
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston Medical Center
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Duke University
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Loma Linda University
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Massachusetts General Hospital
Mayo Clinic
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center
Oregon Health and Science University
Pennsylvania State University
Rush University
Medical University of South Carolina
Stanford University
Vanderbilt University
Washington University
UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
University of California-Davis
University of California-San Diego
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado
University of Kentucky
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of North Carolina
University of Rochester
University of Texas-San Antonio
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Yale University