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Professional Affairs

September 7, 2019
Posting of a still-relevant TED video regarding the high number of suicides among physicians, a world-wide problem that relates  in part to training and working conditions.  
August 31, 2019
This review details the risks of surgical smoke exposure, which include lung injury and cancer. The level of risk has yet to be determined. Most operating rooms do not require smoke evacuation devices, but their use should be considered.
August 19, 2019
In a QI study of nearly 5,400 operations, 188 adverse events were recorded.  Of these, over 56% were associated with human error.  Of all human performance deficiencies, cognitive error accounted for over half.
August 19, 2019
Ever wonder why your patients get respiratory infections postoperatively? Here's another risk factor. Almost 95% of hospital caregivers completed at least one shift while ill with an acute upper respiratory infection during flu season, despite hospital policies against such behavior. This was more common among physicians than among nurses.   
August 17, 2019
JTCVS just published a call for proposals of joining the Cardiac Surgery Intersociety Alliance (CSIA) as pilot sites. CSIA is jointly overseen by the AATS, EACTS, STS, the Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, and the World Heart Federation.
August 15, 2019
Regionalization of care for complex problems remains an open question in most countries. This review demonstrated that, for high risk cancer operations in the US, the Leapfrog group's volume standards did not differentiate between surgical mortality outcomes for lung and esophageal cancer surgery.
August 1, 2019
Corsini et al examined the results of a single-institution's 5-year experience of cardiothoracic surgery mock oral examinations.
July 25, 2019
In this Giants of Cardiothoracic Surgery interview, Vaibhav Gupta speaks with Gail Darling of the University of Toronto, Canada, about esophageal surgery as well as esophageal cancer research and thoracic surgery training.
July 19, 2019
Google Scholar has released the 2019 version of Scholar Metrics just now. This release covers articles published in 2014–2018 and includes citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of July 2019.
July 11, 2019
Filmed at the 2019 STS Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, Mara Antonoff of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center moderates a discussion on building a practice early in one's career.

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