AATS Centennial

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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 31.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™*. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Accreditation 
This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 13.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel. PAs should claim only those credits actually spent participating in the CME activity. 

This program was planned in accordance with AAPA CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.


The American Association for Thoracic Surgery designates the following credit hours:

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – up to 6.25 hours (CME, AAPA, ABCP)
Adult Cardiac Skills, up to 6.5 hours
Congenital Skills, up to 6 hours
General Thoracic Skills, up to 6 hours
Cardiothoracic Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support of Heart and Lung Failure, up to 6.25 hours
Surgical Ethics Course, up to 6 hours
Survival Guide: Your First Night on Call, not for credit

Sunday, April 30, 2017 – up to 7.5 hours (CME, AAPA, ABCP)
Adult Cardiac Surgery, up to 7.5 hours
Congenital Heart Disease, up to 7 hours
General Thoracic Surgery, up to 7.25 hours
Interprofessional Cardiothoracic Team Symposium, up to 7 hours

Monday, May 1, 2017 – up to 7 hours (CME, ABCP)
Plenary Scientific Session, Presidential Address, 
up to 2.75 hours
Honored Guest Lecture, not for credit 
Ethics Forum Luncheon, up to 1.5 hours
C. Walton Lillehei Resident Forum, not for credit 
Adult Cardiac Surgery Simultaneous Session, up to 2.75 hours
Controversies in CABG 2017, up to 2.75 hours
Congenital Heart Disease Simultaneous Session, up to 2.5 hours
General Thoracic Surgery Simultaneous Session, up to 2.5 hours
Perioperative Care Simultaneous Session, up to 2.5 hours

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – up to 6.75 hours (CME, ABCP)
Cardiac Surgery Forum, up to 1.25 hours
General Thoracic Surgery Forum, up to 1.25 hours
Adult Cardiac Emerging Technologies and Techniques / Video Session, up to 1.25 hours
Congenital Emerging Technologies and Techniques / Video Session, up to 1.25 hours
General Thoracic Emerging Technologies and Techniques / Video Session, up to 1.75 hours
Plenary Scientific Session, Basic Science Lecture, up to 2.5 hours
Transcatheter Valve Therapies, up to 1.5 hours
Adult Cardiac Surgery Simultaneous Session, up to 1.5 hours
MCS/Transplant Session, up to 1.5 hours
ELSO at AATS
Aortic/Endovascular Simultaneous Session, up to 3 hours
Congenital Heart Disease Simultaneous Session, up to 3 hours
General Thoracic Surgery Simultaneous Session, up to 3 hours

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – up to 4 hours (CME, ABCP)
Adult Cardiac Surgery Simultaneous Session, up to 2 hours
Congenital Heart Disease Simultaneous Session, up to 2 hours
General Thoracic Surgery Simultaneous Session, up to 2.25 hours
Adult Cardiac Masters of Surgery Video Session, up to 1.75 hour
Congenital Masters of Surgery Video Session, up to 1.75 hours
General Thoracic Masters of Surgery Video Session, up to 1.5 hours

For further information on the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) standards of commercial support, please visit www.accme.org.

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.

*credits are subject to change.