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April 19, 2024
This week on the one-year anniversary of The Beat, Editor in Chief Joel Dunning speaks with Professor Paul Sergeant about the future of education in cardiothoracic surgery.
November 8, 2003
My interest in developing the case for a standardized global education, training and certification course of action results from my involvement in some of the organizational activities that relate to the educational, training and certification process in the United States and to my involvement with CTSNet.
September 15, 2003
Like most active clinical surgeons, I've been sued a few times for malpractice over the course of a long career in academia and private practice. In addition, I've served as an expert witness for the defense in about 20 malpractice actions that did not involve me or my group.
August 5, 2003
The cardiosurgical - to be more precise the coronary surgical - world is now confronted with the latest technological innovation - the proximal and the distal anastomotic device.
May 31, 2003
Despite a half-century of experience in heart valve reconstruction, the tricuspid valve has been a "second class structure" for cardiac surgery. More than 20 years ago, the high incidence of tricuspid disease in our population, encouraged us to attempt to clarify the indications for repair, particularly in patients with functional tricuspid incompetence.
April 23, 2003
Comments on "We Need an Attitude Adjustment" by Benson Wilcox, M.D.
March 26, 2003
Our society has changed vastly over the years in both positive and negative ways. Despite constant nonlinear changes, our medical community has evolved in a positive way toward better services for patients through improved hospital care, advancing technology, genomic discoveries, better training, improved medical records, outcomes-based therapy and closer self-scrutiny.
February 25, 2003
Women in the field of thoracic surgery were here to stay after Nina Braunwald, M.D., Ann McKiel and Nermin Tutunju became the first women certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery in 1961. Dr. Braunwald, in 1968, established a program in cardiovascular surgery at the University of CA in San Diego. By 1968, there were only five women certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
February 6, 2003
In 1993 I finished my cardiothoracic residency and an additional year as the chief resident at the "number one cardiac surgery hospital in the country." I felt like Leonardo Dicaprio in Titanic: " I was on top of the world." So how is it that nine years later I've been unemployed for 3 months and actively looking for a job for 9 months without success?
December 29, 2002
The learning curve is no stranger to individuals involved in learning surgical techniques, and can be painfully obvious to those involved in the training. Yet, there is one aspect of the learning curve that has eluded me for many years. I cannot identify what I learned or taught exactly with pinpoint accuracy to come off that steep slope. Sometimes it is not an exact and precise skill, but rather time and repetition alone.
December 1, 2002
Even cardiothoracic surgeons, who are characteristically fearless in facing their patients' complex problems decisively, may sometimes find it hard to be equally resolute when confronting certain challenges in their personal lives. In particular, some surgeons are deeply apprehensive about the prospect of retirement, particularly as it involves making a transition to life outside the operating room.


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