2012 TSDA Boot Camp

TSDA Hosts Fifth Annual CT Surgery Boot Camp

39 Residents Gather for Hands-On Training

The Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA) hosted the fifth annual cardiothoracic surgery Boot Camp July 26-29, 2012 in Chapel Hill, NC. The program, developed by TSDA and funded by an educational 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. A mini-session on aortic root replacement was also on the schedule. More than 30 volunteer faculty members and guests donated their time and expertise to lead the resident courses.

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 fifth annual TSDA Boot Camp was a success. Resident comments included:

“Absolutely wonderful experience. It was a privilege to attend.”

“This was an extremely valuable experience for me as a beginner in this field.”

“Excellent training and informative session.”

“This was a phenomenal program. I learned a lot of the basic “nuts and bolts” of CT surgery. Each session provided a high yield learning opportunity.”

“Boot Camp was an amazing experience! I sincerely appreciated all of the experiences I had at the Boot Camp.”

This year’s program received excellent media coverage, including a front page story in The Herald Sun, and an article and news clip on WRAL.com.

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TSDA would like to thank the following supporters for their contributions to the TSDA 2012 Boot Camp:

Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education, Inc.
University of North Carolina, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
B-Line Medical
CAE Healthcare
The Chamberlain Group
CryoLife, Inc.
Inventive Medical, Ltd.
Karl Storz Endoscopy
LifeLike BioTissueMaquet Cardiovascular
Medtronic, Inc.
Olympus America, Inc.
Pilling Division of Teleflex Medical
Scanlan International, Inc.
Sorin Group USA, Inc.
St. Jude Medical

2012 Boot Camp Participants

2012 Boot Camp Program Directors
James I. Fann, MD, Stanford University
Richard H. Feins, MD, University of North Carolina
George L. Hicks, Jr., MD, University of Rochester

2012 Boot Camp Faculty
John Alexander, MD, North Shore University Health System
Mark Allen, MD, Mayo Clinic
Brian Bethea, MD, University of Texas Southwestern
Daniel N. Coore, PhD, University of West Indies, Jamaica
Tom Daniel, MD, University of Virginia
Edward Darling, MS, CCP, SUNY Upstate
Alberto de Hoyos, MD, Northwestern University
Mark Ferguson, MD, University of Chicago
David Fullerton, MD, University of Colorado
Eugene Grossi, MD, New York University
Julian Guitron, University of Cincinnati
John Ikonomidis, MD, Medical University of South Carolina
Carolyn Jones, MD, University of Rochester
Ahmet Kilic, MD, Ohio State University
Rick Lee, MD, Northwestern University
William Lynch, MD, University of Iowa
Frank Manetta, MD, Long Island Jewish
Joseph I. Miller, MD, Emory University
Nahush Mokadam, MD, University of Washington
Jon Nesbitt, MD, Vanderbilt University
Bill Northrup, MD
Richard Prager, MD, University of Michigan
Varun Puri, MD, Washington University
Paul S. Ramphal, FRCS, DM, University of West Indies, Jamaica
Paul Schipper, MD, Oregon Health Sciences University
Sara Shumway, MD, University of Minnesota
Harmik Soukiasian, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Jennifer D. Walker, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Darryl Weiman, MD, MD Anderson
Pyongsoo Yoon, MD, University of Tennessee

2012 Boot Camp Residency Program Participants
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Cleveland Clinic
Duke University
Emory University
Loma Linda University
Medical University of South Carolina
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Montefiore/Albert Einstein University Medical Center
New York Presbyterian-Columbia
New York University
Northwestern University
Oregon Health & Science University
Rush University
Texas Heart Institute/Baylor College of Medicine
Tufts Medical Center
University of Arizona
University of California Davis
University of California Los Angeles
University of California San Francisco
University of Chicago
University of Florida
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi
University of North Carolina
University of Pittsburgh
University of Southern California
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin
Wake Forest University
Washington University
Yale University