Through a continuous improvement of the cardiothoracic training, we will be able to keep the future surgeons’ skills level at bay with the increasing complexity of the patients. It is of utmost importance to keep advancing the treatment options. By being an active member of the German Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery I have gained experience in managing such projects. Nevertheless, I believe that true progress can only be achieved by an exchange of knowledge and expertise across Europe. It is for this reason I am thrilled to be able support and advance this common ground with the residents committee.