AATS International Thoracic Surgical Oncology Summit

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The AATS would like to inform you of the upcoming AATS International Thoracic Surgical Oncology Summit taking place October 12-13, 2018 in New York, New York. This multidisciplinary meeting offers un unparalleled educational content, which focuses on new technologies to stage and treat cancers of the lung, esophagus, mediastinum and pleura, as well as the latest biological and immunologic therapies. Thoracic surgical oncologists will learn about novel minimally-invasive approaches and how to employ them in their practices through a variety of interactive and informative presentations including peer-reviewed abstracts, invited lectures from experts around the world, dynamic debates, and “How I Do It” videos from master surgeons.

The Summit will also include a breakfast session, “Best Breakfast of Your Life: Tips for Getting Your First Job”, focused on finding a first or next job in thoracic surgery. Senior and recent faculty members will share first-hand experiences and advice on the best networking practices, issues to consider when searching for a “dream job” in both academic and private practice settings. Following a panel presentation, there will be a round table discussion with selected faculty, who will share their own experiences and guidance. This is a unique opportunity for surgeons in all stages of their career, discuss the wide array of options and receive guidance on making a pivotal decision in their professional career.

Along with primary education programming, leading industry partners will be hosting engaging symposia throughout the course of the meeting. There will also be hands on workshops during Surgical Suite sessions taking place on both Friday and Saturday. Space is limited in these sessions. We encourage all to register soon to make the most out of their experience in New York.

The AATS is offering residents, fellows and medical students with a reduced registration fee of $99 before September 30h, after which, the fee will increase to $150.

We ask that you please share these valuable opportunities your colleagues at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Attached is a preliminary program with additional details. If you would like us to mail you copies for distribution, please let us know.

To register and view the preliminary program, please visit www.aats.org/thoracicsummit.

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for Physicians. The AATS designates this live activity for 15.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. This Summit is also an acceptable course toward fulfilling ABTS MOC Part II requirements. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please reach out with any questions you may have.



David R. Jones, MD                 David J. Sugarbaker, MD (posthumously)

Program Director                         Program Director

Charlotte LeTourneau

Associate Meeting Manager, AATS


American Association for Thoracic Surgery

800 Cummings Center, Suite 350-V

Beverly, MA 01915

Telephone: (978) 252-2200, Ext. 518

Fax: (978) 522-8469

Email: cletourneau@aats.org



AATS Clinical Trials Methods Course

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Register for the AATS Clinical Trials Course Before September 26th and Save $100

Don’t wait to register for the informative AATS Clinical Trials Methods Course, taking place on October 25-27, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago, IL. Attendance is limited to 40 participants and you can save $100 by registering before September 26.

Here’s what past participants had to say about this unique course:

Great discussion using actual real-life examples.

 This was a fantastic course. The workgroups were by far the best part of the conference.

 As fledgling researchers, it was great to hear from one of the giants who managed to be an active surgeon and still contribute in a meaningful way to the literature.

See what the clinical trial experts will be discussing regarding design, regulations and implementation by viewing the Preliminary Program and register today to take advantage of the early bird discount.

The 2018 AATS Clinical Trials Methods Course has been rated compliant with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice.


Program Directors:
David H. Harpole, Jr., MD
Marco A. Zenati, MD

American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)
800 Cummings Center, Suite 350-V
Beverly, MA 01915
Tel: 978-252-2200 | Fax: 978-522-8469

Early Bird Registration Opens for 9th Annual Ruesch Center Symposium: Innovations in GI Cancer

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The 9th Annual Ruesch Center Symposium
November 30 – December 1, 2018
The Ruesch Center will hold its ninth annual symposium divided into three parts. The theme of “Innovations in GI Cancer” will provide a unique forum for discussions on current treatment approaches, cutting-edge research and the pipeline of promising new therapies in GI cancers.
Early Bird Registration is now open!!

Open Program Officer Position at The Commonwealth Fund

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(based in New York City)

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health
care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for
society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans,
young children, and elderly adults. The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent
research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. An
international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices
in the United States and other industrialized countries. The Fund has an endowment of $750
million, and an annual budget of $35 million.



National Williams Syndrome Association Convention: Baltimore July 11-14, 2018 – Student Solicitation

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To Whom it may concern;

The 17th biannual National Convention on Williams syndrome will be held in Baltimore,
this July 11‐14, 2018. Sixty educational sessions over 3 full days of programming will
bring together outstanding individuals from diverse disciplines who are committed to
furthering our knowledge of Williams syndrome. Sessions will be provided on
Wednesday July 11 between 1 and 4:30 PM; Thursday and Friday between 8:45 and
4:00 PM and on Saturday morning from 9 – noon. Many opportunities for dialogue and
small group networking are also built into the schedule. A program agenda is included
with this letter. We welcome medical students to attend any or all days of the
convention free of charge.

The convention will be held at the Marriott‐Waterfront on Aliceanna St. in the Inner
Harbor. We are expecting more than 1200 people to attend, and we hope that you will
consider joining us to expand your knowledge on Williams syndrome, or perhaps to
volunteer in our programs for individuals with Williams syndrome. We will be happy to
provide certificates of attendance for both the educational and volunteer portions of
the program.

To register, go to: williams‐syndrome.org/convention and click on the blue button:
and enter the coupon code MED18 for complimentary

With best regards,

Terry Monkaba
Executive Director

WIN Symposium 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline Approaching Rapidly

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Global Implementation of Precision Oncology:
WINning the war against cancer
WIN Symposium 2018 | 25-26 June 2018 | Paris, France

This year’s WIN Symposium marks the important landmark of ten years since its first edition. A journey that would not have been possible without our Vice-Chairman, Prof. Thomas Tursz. We would like to pay a special tribute to Prof. Tursz, who sadly passed away on 27 April. His work, passion, and dedication have made a profound mark in the world of oncology.

WIN Symposium 2018 program
The annual ASCO® endorsed symposium will bring together renowned experts and scientists from academia, industry, government, and advocacy. The program will allow you to network, connect and listen to speeches of some of the most respected leaders in the field of oncology. It will also include a special moment honouring Prof. Tursz’s life and career.

Check out the full program here which has been granted with 13 European CME credits (ECMEC®s).

WIN at ASCO® 2018
WIN is also proud to announce that the conclusions of WINTHER, WIN’s first global personalized clinical trial carried out at multiple leading academic cancer centers has been selected for oral presentation at ASCO® 2018.

WINTHER: An international WIN Consortium precision medicine trial using genomic and transcriptomic analysis in patients with advanced malignancies – Abstract N°12011 will be presented on June 4, 2018 by Dr Jordi Rodon, Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), Barcelona, Spain in the Session Innovative Immune and Genomic Biomarkers for Solid Tumors 9:45 -11:15 AM.

Have you submitted your abstract?
Are you still planning on submitting your abstract for this year’s WIN Symposium? Great news – you can still submit your application until 30 May! This year, you can choose from a variety of topics, including new strategies, biomarkers and early diagnosis of cancer and the new topics of cancer prevention and patient reported outcomes. You can find all guidelines for the preparation and submission of your abstract here!

Your abstract will be published in the international journal ‘Frontiers in Oncology’ and will be scheduled for presentation in dedicated poster viewing sessions.

The authors of the winning poster will be awarded with the opportunity of presenting it in a plenary session, and will receive a check prize of EUR 750.

Submit your abstract before 30 May and get the chance to showcase your work at the 10th anniversary edition of WIN Symposium!

Medical student opportunity in national medical education project – Applications due June 4

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Aquifer is seeking 5 to 6 first-year medical students (class of 2021) to participate in an exciting national medical education project. Aquifer (formerly MedU) is a non-profit, collaborative organization that provides high-quality virtual patient cases used in 90% of U.S. medical schools. Aquifer’s courses, including Aquifer Pediatrics (CLIPP), Aquifer Family Medicine (fmCASES), Aquifer Internal Medicine (SIMPLE), and more, reach approximately 40,000 students a year.

Selected students will assist in the review and revision of Aquifer virtual patient cases to improve the way race and culture are presented and taught. The project is expected to last from June 2018 to December 2018 and will include independent work as well as regular group conference calls. Students will be mentored by expert faculty members of the Aquifer Consortium throughout the project and will be invited to share their work and experience at the Aquifer Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass., in the first week of October, with expenses paid.

Ideal candidates will have interest and experience in the areas of race and culture and/or medical education.

Interested students may submit their CV, along with a statement about why they feel they would be a good fit for this project, to studentengagement@aquifer.org by June 4. Questions about this project may be directed to Dr. Katherine Chretien (kchretie@gwu.edu) or Dr. Stephen Scott  (stephen.scott@fwmdschool.org).

Jose’s Hands Mission Trips

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Jose’s Hands is a 501c(3) that awards scholarships to health students, connects them with medical mission trips, and helps them fundraise to go on these trips. Founded in 2009, to honor the late Maj. Jose Jamil Miranda, MD, MPH, US Army, Jose’s Hands aims to address the shortage of mission doctors and professionals, while the world’s underserved population continues to grow.

We have gone on several medical mission trips all around the world, with health students from various medical schools in the US and backgrounds such as internal medicine, podiatry, and pharmacy students.

Medical missions help students grow as a person and simultaneously, as a future health professional. These international trips focus on providing free medical care to those who need it most while expanding the students’ knowledge and medical vocation.

These trips foster sympathy, compassion, and selflessness within the missionary. The students form lifetime bonds on these missions.

Feel free to learn more about us and our scholarship opportunities at http://joseshands.org/ and http://scholarship.joseshands.org/.

What’s the Fix outreach with Medical Schools

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A Special Invitation to Medical Schools: Join Us Virtually for What’s the Fix? 2018

On behalf of the Design Institute for Health and Dell Medical School, we are delighted to invite you and your medical students, residents, and faculty to join us virtually for What’s the Fix? on May 17, 2018.  This is an opportunity to share with your students and faculty some of the most modern and innovative workarounds to the challenges of our healthcare system coming from people navigating it.

What’s the Fix? (#WTFix) is a movement and an event that started in 2017 to help the industry learn from people. Most health care conferences focus on industry insiders talking to each other. What’s the Fix? highlights real people with real stories of overcoming health care challenges and driving change to the system as a result. What’s the Fix? features courageous people navigating a dysfunctional system and inspiring change along the way. Whether you’re a patient, caregiver, doctor, med student or someone who works in a hospital or health system, we all have a shared goal—finding new and better ways to fix health care. 

The conference is livecast from Dell Medical School and FREE to register. The virtual audience is actively moderated for online attendees with Q&A to the speakers from the virtual audience as well as from the live audience. We invite you and your medical students, residents, and faculty to join the virtual audience in learning from these remarkable stories of change.

2018 Speaker Highlights Include:

Toyin Ajayi– Chief Health Officer at Cityblock Health who is devoted to creating scalable solutions to address the root causes of health for underserved urban populations.

Bryce Olson – Global Marketing Director for Intel’s Health and Life Sciences who is using genetic sequencing to beat his own cancer.

Jeffrey Rediger – A theologian and Harvard physician, Jeff has focused on the mind-body connection for years, researching remarkable individuals who have recovered from illnesses considered incurable.

Doug Lindsay – Doug got sick at age 21 and spent the next 11 years bed bound until he developed the surgery that fixed him. Doug adapted

a long-forgotten animal model of adrenal gland surgery from the 1920s into a modern human surgery so surgeons could treat his rare autonomic-adrenal condition.

Sally Hernandez – Travis County Sheriff who is working to alleviate the unfortunate trend in county jails of inmates incarcerated as a result of crimes committed solely due to the fact that they suffer from mental illness.

Bodo & Lorelei Hoenen– Father and 8-year old daughter who worked together to address her arm paralysis by creating a robotic exoskeleton arm – without any prior training.

…and more!

You can see the full agenda here.