Updated: 27 April 2020
We would like to acknowledge and pay tribute to so many EACTS members and others in the wider cardiothoracic community who are selflessly supporting COVID-19 patients. People are making significant personal sacrifices to support the global effort to combat the pandemic and we salute you.
This unique period in our lives demonstrates not only the importance of world class clinical expertise but also the role that solidarity, friendship and collegiate team working play to protect and save lives.
We recognise the very challenging circumstances that many EACTS members are working in and we thank you for your professionalism and dedication.
While we pause EACTS Academy courses, there is a wealth of online content to supplement your education and training requirements during this period.
- EACTS Journals are available online. If you’re an EACTS member, access the April issues online with your @OUPMedicine login.
- MMCTS provides 320+ step-by-step video demonstrations of surgical procedures. Find online tutorials across the CT subspecialties here: https://mmcts.org/
- Oxford University Press has made content from online resources and leading journals freely accessible to assist researchers, medical professionals, policy makers, and others who are working to address this health crisis: https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/coronavirus
- We will also be highlighting additional content that you may find helpful during this time
We have also taken action to support the health and safety of EACTS staff. We are encouraging colleagues to work from home. Our Windsor office in the UK is closed until further notice to EACTS members and visitors. You can continue to contact the office about EACTS related queries by emailing the generic email address: email@example.com.
Hope for the future
Across the globe health professionals are working together to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, helping patients and saving lives. At EACTS, we hope we can resume Academy courses from October 2020 and behind the scenes we continue to plan for the 34th EACTS Annual Meeting to be held in Barcelona between 8-10 October 2020. The EACTS Annual Meeting in Barcelona will be an important time for the cardiothoracic surgical community to come together in solidarity, collaboration and friendship. We will open registration shortly.
We are encouraging abstracts for the Annual Meeting. Given the coronavirus pandemic, we are naturally respectful that many people will have significant commitments to patients and families, and therefore we would like to give more time for people to prepare submissions. That’s why we are extending the deadline for Annual Meeting abstracts to 31st May 2020.
We are adapting our processes for this year’s Annual Meeting so that industry partners can book exhibition space with confidence. We are working flat out to ensure the Annual Meeting can run as planned, but if COVID-19 means the Annual Meeting is cancelled, we will refund booking fees. We hope this gives exhibitors the confidence to book an exhibition booth with us this year. There is more information available for exhibitors here.
Naturally we will continue to monitor the pandemic carefully, but our hope and intention is to see you all in Barcelona later this year.
Our thoughts are with all those supporting patients. We will of course emerge from this global crisis and, when we do, we hope the world remembers the importance of expert healthcare and friendship.
Stay safe and follow official advice.