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Statement of Need
Cardiovascular disease and cancer are the leading causes of mortality and morbidity around the globe. Major advances in these conditions continue to be made at a rapid pace. Improvements in diagnostic techniques as well as interventional approaches to treatment, both surgical and percutaneous, challenge the clinical practitioner to remain current. Increasingly sophisticated technology to accomplish these aims is being developed and introduced into clinical practice. Exciting advances in basic and clinical science offer opportunities for participation in scientific studies and clinical trials. All of these elements create a significant educational need for the practicing cardiothoracic surgeon. The AATS Annual Meeting fills this need through a combination of lectures, original scientific presentations and discussion forums.

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of the AATS Annual Meeting, through comprehensive lectures and discussions, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the latest techniques and current research specifically related to Adult Cardiac Surgery, Congenital Heart Disease, General Thoracic Surgery and Perioperative Care.
  • Select appropriate surgical procedures and other interventions for their own patients based upon results presented.
  • Incorporate the basic science developments and emerging technologies and techniques across the spectrum of cardiothoracic surgery.
  • Communicate current practice management necessary for the effective and safe delivery of patient care.
  • Translate expanded knowledge into practice for the improvement of patient outcomes and satisfaction.
Target Audience
The AATS Annual Meeting is specifically designed to meet the educational needs of:
  • Cardiothoracic Surgeons
  • Physicians in related specialties including Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Critical Care, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Radiology, Gastroenterology, Thoracic Oncology and Vascular Surgery
  • Fellows and Residents in Cardiothoracic and General Surgical training programs
  • Health Care Professionals involved in the care of cardiothoracic surgical patients including Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Surgical Assistants and Perfusionists
  • Medical students with an interest in cardiothoracic surgery
Continuing Medical Education (CME) Accreditation
The American Association for Thoracic Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery designates this live educational activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The number of credits that will be provided for the AATS Centennial and individual sessions will be released in the coming months.

Disclosure Policy
It is the policy of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) that any individual who is in a position to control or influence the content of an educational activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships or affiliations. All identified conflicts of interest must be resolved and the educational content thoroughly vetted by AATS for fair balance, scientific objectivity, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any discussion of unapproved use of pharmaceutical or medical device occurs.

For further information on the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards of Commercial Support, please visit www.accme.org.


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