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STS/SCA 2013 Online

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  • Annual Meeting Products

Release Date: 1/26/2013

Expiration Date: 1/26/2014

  • Participation: 13.5

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CME Information

Disclosure Information

As a sponsor of continuing medical education accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), The Society of Thoracic Surgeons requires that any individual who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity must disclose all relationships with commercial interests (including known relationships of his or her immediate family, department, and partners). The ACCME defines a commercial interest as "any entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests." The question of whether a disclosed conflict situation could represent undue influence on the educational activity by a commercial interest or whether the disclosed information is sufficient to consider an abstract, presentation, or other educational enduring material to represent potentially biased information must be resolved prior to an individual's involvement in STS educational programming.

Disclosure information is provided for each presenter at the beginning of his or her presentation. The absence of any declaration of a disclosure indicates that there is nothing to disclose. To review the complete STS Education Disclosure Policy, go to

Intended Audience

The intended audience consists of cardiothoracic surgeons, general surgeons, anesthesiologists, oncologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists, radiologists, and allied health care providers working with cardiothoracic surgeons. MDs and DOs may claim CME credit; non-MDs/DOs are awarded a certificate of participation.

Planners of the STS 49th Annual Meeting

Workforce on Clinical Education

Thomas E. MacGillivray, Chair

Faisal G. Bakaeen
Commercial Relationships: Research Grant, VA Cooperative Studies Program; Other Research Support, The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Cardiovascular Center of Excellence

Edward M. Bender
Commercial Relationships: Consultant/Advisory Board, SORIN GROUP; Other, SORIN GROUP for sponsorship of four software applications

David T. Cooke, Workforce on Clinical Education

Claude Deschamps

Kevin L. Greason

Robert L. Kormos

John R. Mehall
Commercial Relationships: Consultant/Advisory Board, Edwards Lifesciences LLC

Carlos M. Mery

Ara A. Vaporciyan

STS Staff

Natalie Boden, Director of Marketing and Communications
Commercial Relationships: Ownership Interest, Baxter, Edwards Lifesciences LLC, General Electric Company, Johnson& Johnson, Proctor & Gamble

Phillip A. Bongiorno, Director of Government Relations

Michele D. Chao, Education Manager

Courtney Miller Donovan, Director of Meetings and Conventions

Megan Drumm, Manager, Affiliate Organizations

Fred H. Edwards, Director, STS Research Center
Commercial Relationships: Research Grant, National Institutes of Health; Consultant/AdvisoryBoard, Humana Inc.

Sarah Foreman, Member Services Coordinator

Jessica Jones Thorne, Governance Coordinator

Robert Kohlmeyer, Senior Coordinator, Government Relations

Jaclynne D. Madden, CME Compliance Coordinator

Rebecca Mark, JCTSE Administration and Education Manager

Damon Marquis, Director of Education & Member Services

Commercial Relationships: Ownership Interest, General Electric Company, Pfizer Inc.

Donna E. McDonald, Senior Manager, STS National Database and Patient Safety

Sylvia L. Novick, Director of Finance & Administration
Commercial Relationships: Ownership Interest, Johnson & Johnson

Grahame Rush, Director of Information Services

DeLaine Schmitz, Director of Quality

Cynthia M. Shewan, Director of Research & Scientific Affairs
Commercial Relationships: Research Grant, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Kelley A. Stefko, Senior Manager for Education

Cheryl Wilson, Administration Manager & Executive Assistant

Beth Winer, Senior Manager, Affiliate Organizations

Robert A. Wynbrandt, Executive Director & General Counsel

Courtney Yohe, Assistant Director of Government Relations

Planners of the STS 49th Annual Meeting

Board of Directors and Leadership

L. Henry Edmunds, Jr., Editor, Board of Directors
Financial Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships

David A. Fullerton, Secretary, Board of Directors
Financial Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships

David R. Jones, Council on Education and Member Services Operating Board,
Financial Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships

Jeffrey B. Rich, President, Board of Directors
Financial Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships

Douglas E. Wood, First Vice President
Commercial Relationships: Consultant/Advisory Board, Spiration, Inc.; Non-Remunerative Position of Influence, CTSNet Officer and Board Member, ACGME Thoracic RRC, European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

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Hardware/Software Requirements

The minimum hardware and software requirements that the learner must have to participate in this CME activity are:

Minimum Hardware Requirements


  • Operating System: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista; Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Intel® Pentium® III 450MHz or faster processor (or equivalent)
  • 128MB of RAM
  • Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory
  • Sound Card: at least 16-bit

Mac OS

  • Operating System: Apple Mac OS X 10.4.8 or above
  • Intel Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
  • 128MB of RAM
  • Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory
  • Sound Card: at least 16-bit


  • Adobe Flash Player 10.0.22+ plug-in
  • Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
  • Broadband connection with 500+ Kbps

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