The Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA), with support from the Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education, presents an annual Boot Camp for incoming cardiothoracic surgery residents. The goal is to provide these young doctors with an experiential foundation and hands-on practice in basic cardiothoracic operating skills so they are better prepared to enter the CT surgery operating arena. Faculty from over 20 renowned institutions use simulators to create real-world routine and emergency case scenarios. The Department of Anesthesiology plays a critical role in this event by teaching transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) skills. This portion of the course is very highly rated by participants, and noted as one of the key highlights of the entire 4 day course. This has been an ongoing collaboration between the Department of Surgery and Department of Anesthesiology for several years running, expected to continue into the future. For more information about TEE simulation, please contact Dr. Priya Kumar in the Department of Anesthesiology at