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AATS Member for a Day Program

The AATS Member for a Day Program will provide an opportunity for North American medical students, general surgery residents, up to third year integrated cardiothoracic surgery residents (I-6) and members of the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) to accompany an AATS Member Mentor, along with a resident member of the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association (TSRA) during portions of the 2017 AATS Annual Meeting in Boston, MA from April 29th – May 3rd. The program is designed to offer insight into the cardiothoracic surgery specialty and to provide an opportunity to network and build relationships within the cardiothoracic surgical community.

Up to 30 medical students, general surgery residents, and I-6 cardiothoracic residents (within their first three years) will be selected to participate in this program. Successful candidates will receive complimentary hotel accommodations for a minimum of three and a maximum of four nights (April 29th – May 3rd) in an AATS Annual Meeting hotel. Additionally, at the conclusion of the meeting each successful candidate will receive a $250 stipend from the AATS to offset the cost of meals and an additional stipend of up to $500 USD to help offset the cost of travel. This stipend will be contingent upon the awardee submitting a post event evaluation survey. Awardees will receive complimentary “all access” registration to the scientific sessions at the Annual Meeting, including the AATS Member for a Day Saturday Evening Session, the AATS/TSRA Resident Luncheon, and various social events.


Medical Student Candidates must be currently enrolled in either an LCME-accredited medical school in the United States or a CACMS-accredited medical school in Canada.

General Surgical and/or Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident Candidates must be currently enrolled in either an ACGME-accredited surgery residency program in the United States or a RCPSC-accredited surgery residency program in Canada.

Integrated (I-6) Cardiothoracic Surgery Residents must be within their 1st through 3rd clinical years.

Physician Scientists must be members of APSA.

Successful candidates must agree to attend the AATS Member for a Day Session at dinner on Saturday, April 30th from 6pm-8pm and submit a summary report and evaluation of their experience to the Association within two weeks following the completion of the Annual Meeting.

Application Guidelines:

  • No more than one candidate per training level will be selected from each institution.
  • Applications must include:
    • A letter of support from an AATS Member at a candidate’s institution or a faculty member.
    • A one page outline from the applicant stating what he/she expects to gain from participating in the program and an indication of which sub-specialty of cardiothoracic surgery is of interest.

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Deadline: December 30, 2016 at 11:59pm

* If you have any questions regarding the AATS Member for a Day Program or are having difficulties with the application process, please contact our administrative office


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