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Residents Committee

The EACTS Residents Committee is devoted to representing the views and interests of European Cardiothoracic surgery residents and helping to identify issues in training and facilitate education.

The Committee aims to find common ground in current European Cardiothoracic Training Programmes in order to develop standards in surgical training.  The Committee also encourages residents to become EACTS members and become active participants in EACTS academic activities.  

The EACTS Residents Committee is a valuable resource for all European cardiothoracic surgeons in training.  Its members endeavour to carry out their tasks with commitment and transparency. 

Awards for Residents

We support academic activity for cardiothoracic and vascular surgical residents.  The EACTS Annual Meeting provides excellent opportunities for residents to learn and be recognised and rewarded for their successful scientific achievements.

The Work in Progress Session

This session is devoted to early-career clinicians and scientists as a platform to present their projects and preliminary results.

Awardee for 2018: Dr. M.Gilbers (Maastricht, The Netherlands): “The use of our current knowledge in understanding postoperative atrial fibrillation.”

Submit your work this year
Don’t miss the chance to receive feedback from renowned experts in the field, network with other scientists and to run for the AATS Foundation Academic Excellence Award for the most promising and innovative project.

For more information visit


Young Investigator Awards

To stimulate research, the EACTS has instituted prizes for the best manuscripts on topics of clinical or experimental research in the fields of Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery and Congenital Heart Disease presented by young investigators at the Annual Meeting of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.

To learn more and apply for this prestigious award visit



The Residents Committee helps The EACTS administer education and support residents in career planning through the following channels.

Fontan Fellowships

The Francis Fontan Fund for Education aims to make independent and high-quality education accessible to EACTS members. The Francis Fontan Fund for Education is an EACTS organisation created to support educational opportunities, foster professional development and promote lifelong learning in cardiac and thoracic surgery for its members. The support for these educational activities will be granted in a transparent and fair manner and it will be subjected to strong governance procedures.

For further information, please visit the Francis Fontan Fund Page

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!

EACTS Academy

The EACTS Academy provides training courses of the highest quality which are attended by delegates from all over the world. As an educational institution, our goal is to promote a non-dogmatic learning environment that brings together people, cultures and ideas from around the world, changing lives, and helping to transform through education. Find courses, build your training plan, and book according to your educational needs. Gain expert knowledge. Whether an experienced surgeon or still in training, if you want to deepen your specialist knowledge, our courses make it easy to identify and book the training you need.

For further information on the courses available please visit the EACTS Academy Calendar


We promote communication channels between Surgeons in Training and renowned specialists of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery fields.

Residents Newsletter

To receive the EACTS Residents Newsletter join the EACTS residents mailing list and stay up to date for residents’ activities and networking opportunities.

Social Media

Like EACTS on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to join our residents-talk (#eactsresidents)

Contact EACTS Residents

If you would like to contact the Residents Committee you can write an email to eacts-residents@eacts.co.uk


We encourage residents to become EACTS members and participate in the important work of educating others in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.

For more information please visit the MEMBERSHIP Page