Annual Meeting

Residents Programme

We work together with the Domains (Vascular, Acquired Cardiac, Congenital Heart, Thoracic Disease) in the planning of the session content during the Annual Meetings of EACTS. Join our resident-specific sessions prepared by residents for residents including:

  • Residents – how to do it
    Witness sophisticated procedures, learn new techniques and discuss their implications on everyday practice with experts!
  • Nightmares in CT Surgery
    Can it get any worse? Learn how experienced experts have solved their biggest nightmare in the OR!
  • S.O.S Session
    Severe bleeding and a crashing patient – Present your own critical case and ask for expert advice from well-known senior surgeons: how would they have proceeded?
  • Outside the Box Session
    Do you think there is more in life than clinical routine? Have you ever implanted an ECMO in a desert? Have you heard of virtual reality for surgical training? Think Outside the Box !

Jeopardy Competition

Are you ready for the challenge? Compete with teams from all over Europe in a thrilling “Jeopardy” session and show us what you know! The winning team is going to the meeting of the STS to compete with American colleagues.

How you can participate:

  1. Create a team comprised of two “Cardio-Thoracic” trainees or one “cardiac” trainee and one “thoracic” trainee
  2. Each team member to sign up Here
  3. Each team member to provide a letter of eligibility from their head of training, which includes a commitment that they can attend the EACTS Annual Meeting and the STS Annual Meeting (should they win).
  4. Each team member will be required to take an individual online screening examination and answer 60 questions in 20 minutes.

The top 4 national teams will compete in Milan. The winning team will go on to compete at the STS Annual Meeting.

Testimonial from Dr Priyad Ariyaratnam (winner 2017):

“Cardiothoracic surgery is a very competitive field that historically took the brightest medical graduates. Sometimes, as modern residents, we often avoid the theoretical side of our speciality to focus on the more practical aspects until it comes to exam time, when we find it’s too late. The EACTS Jeopardy competition is a fun way for residents to bridge that knowledge gap in a competitive and rewarding way.

Based on the popular family American quiz show, teams of 2 residents who have been shortlisted from a gruelling timed online test (based on the American Board Exams) compete against other members of the European and Asian community to answer challenging questions on anatomy, physiology, the history of cardiothoracic surgery and operative techniques. The successful team wins a trip to the STS Competition in America.

I would strongly encourage residents to enter. When my team-mate and I won the Jeopardy Competition at the EACTS Annual Meeting in 2017, we were accommodated in Miami Fort-Lauderdale, socialised with the giants of cardiothoracic surgery across the Atlantic, and got up close and personal with alligators and dolphins in the Everglades. Who says learning has to be boring?”

Residents Luncheon

Have lunch with us! Seize the opportunity to discuss about emerging fields and the future of cardiothoracic surgery with renowned colleagues at lunch.

Career Development Session

Join our career development session and learn from experts in the field how to promote your career with clinical and research fellowships abroad and profit from surgical mentoring!

Social Activities

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