Thirty-two new cardiothoracic surgery resident physicians from across the nation attended the second annual Thoracic Surgery Resident Boot Camp July 31-Aug. 2 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During 2½ days of intensive simulator-based training, the incoming residents learned and practiced basic cardiothoracic operating skills that will help them as they begin their residencies. More than 40 medical educators assisted with training on Cardiopulmonary Bypass Skills, Large/Small Vessel Anastomosis, Bronchoscopy/Mediastinoscopy, Open Lobectomy and Orientation to Aortic Valve Surgery.

The training was directed by Dr. Richard Feins of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. James Fann of Stanford University and Dr. George Hicks of the University of Rochester, and was held at UNC’s William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill. It was sponsored by the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association under a grant from the Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education, Inc. with support from these companies: CryoLife, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Immersion Medical, Karl Storz Endoscopy, Medtronic, Olympus America, Inc., Teleflex Medical, Scanlan International, Sorin Group and St. Jude Medical.

For related article, see You Never Know Unless You Try, published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.