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October 11, 2004
When a student completes medical school and reflects on his or her future, that student must make a critical decision about whether to pursue a career as a primary care physician or a specialist.
October 4, 2004
The medical community should be profoundly disappointed, but not surprised, that the recent cloning of a human cell for stem cell research was accomplished in South Korea. Disappointed, because the U.S. is intentionally taking a back seat in a therapeutically vital field of research.
September 3, 2004
While the number of operations performed by our specialty in the USA is diminishing, the number of residents being trained for our specialty remains fairly constant. The supply of cardiothoracic surgeons, in my view, needs to be brought into balance with the demand for our services.
August 27, 2004
In 1995 Hal Urschel, MD, past president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, served as the Schuster Visiting Professor at The Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. During that visit he delivered Surgical Grand Rounds, and his address was entitled "Let's Bring the Magic Back". His remarks were insightful and stimulating, and they are pertinent to many of the issues facing the profession of Cardiothoracic Surgery today. We are pleased to reproduce them on CTSNet.
June 1, 2004
I believe this is the perfect time to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. I envy those who will have the privelege of practicing cardiothoracic surgery in the 21st century.
May 27, 2004
Access to cardiac care remains disproportionate and diverse. About 80% of activist cardiac care, including cardiac surgery and/or catheter-based procedures, are available to 9% of the world population in North America and Western Europe.
March 30, 2004
A lot has been said recently on the decreasing quality and rising cost of education. So far it seems that the remedies offered have neither lowered the costs nor have they increased the level of quality.
March 25, 2004
We all know the monumental contribution of Alain Carpentier to the understanding of the pathology of the mitral valve, its function and therapeutic implications. There were also a number of surgeons who have expanded on the original idea (Duran, Cosgrove and others) and made contributions in this field. We know today unequivocally the superiority of mitral valve repair over replacement.
February 3, 2004
Thoracic surgery has changed profoundly in the past thirty years, and although many of these changes have enabled us to serve patients better, others, particularly within our business environment, do not bode well for the future of our craft.
January 3, 2004
The cardiac surgical outcomes literature is replete with studies documenting the improving risk/benefit ratio of increasing surgical volume for patients. Such studies have been used to justify minimum standards of operative cases for accreditation of cardiac surgical programs