This year’s annual meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery(AATS), the organisation’s 92nd, will be held at San Francisco’s Moscone West Convention Center from April 28 to May 2, 2012.
The five-day program is described as robust and high-quality, with a primary focus on delivering cutting-edge education to improve cardiothoracic surgical practice.
In a bold statement of intent, AATS President Craig R. Smith, MD, uses his president’s message to advertise the fact that the organisation is implementing changes based on a series of working groups. For example this year’s meeting sees the introduction of “presentations on demand” (POD), an innovative initiative, enabling participants to view video and power point slide presentations of original work selected from abstracts submitted for consideration at this year’s Annual Meeting for which podium space was not available.
According to the AATS website, the meeting, with its highly educational content, should be attended by
- Cardiothoracic Surgeons,
- Physicians in related specialties including Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Critical Care, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Radiology, Gastroenterology, Thoracic Oncology and Vascular Surgery,
- Fellows and Residents in Cardiothoracic and General Surgical training programs,
- Allied Health Professionals involved in the care of cardiothoracic surgical patients including Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Surgical Assistants and Perfusionists,
- Medical students with an interest in cardiothoracic surgery.
Full details of the meeting can be found here.