Chamberlain Group Sponsors the TSDA Third Annual CT Surgery Boot Camp

32 Residents Gather for Hands-On Training
July 8-11, 2010

The Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA) hosted the third annual cardiothoracic surgery Boot Camp July 8-11, 2010 in Chapel Hill, NC. The program, developed by TSDA and funded by an educational grant from the Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education, Inc. (JCTSE), provided resident participants with training in five specific CT surgical areas: cardiopulmonary bypass, anastomosis, open lobectomy, bronchoscopy/mediastinoscopy, and aortic valve surgery. More than 30 volunteer faculty members and guests donated their time and expertise to lead the resident courses and participate in faculty development sessions to identify and discuss critical issues concerning the future of cardiothoracic education.

Boot Camp program directors James I. Fann, MD, Richard H. Feins, MD, and George L. Hicks, Jr. MD, crafted the two-and-a-half day intensive course based on needs emerging in CT surgery residency programs. With the use of simulators for both the cardiac and thoracic sessions, the training provided experience and hands-on practice in basic CT operating skills, allowing residents to be better prepared when entering the operating room in their home programs.

Based on resident evaluations, the third annual TSDA Boot Camp was a resounding success. Residents indicated “the simulation was excellent,” the program was “a fantastic and very rewarding event” and considered Boot Camp an “amazing opportunity.” Residents also expressed gratitude toward the faculty “who volunteered their time to come and teach” and were “very helpful.”

Visit TSDA‘s website for pictures of the event