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Western Thoracic Surgical Association, 44th Annual Meeting, June 27 – 30, 2018

Abstract Submission Now Available
The Western Thoracic Surgical Association is now accepting abstracts for their 2018 Annual Meeting. Please submit your abstracts today for consideration in the 2018 Annual Scientific Program.
Submit Abstract
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Deadline: Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:59 pm PST
Please note that no identifying information such as author or institution names should be included in the abstract or title. Any abstract that contains identifying information will automatically be disqualified.


The 21st Century Founders Fund
The WTSA is seeking support to ensure the long-term viability of the Postgraduate course as well as other educational activities offered at the annual meeting. To achieve this goal, the Western has established the 21st Century Founders Fund. To support the creation of the unrestricted 21st Century Founders Fund, the WTSA Council is asking each Association member to consider a generous donation of 1000 USD. This may be in the form of either a single 1000 USD donation, or one 500 USD donation with a pledge to give an additional 500 USD within the next calendar year. Those who donate 1000 USD will be gratefully acknowledged in perpetuity as members of the 21st Century Founders Club on the WTSA website and at the Annual Meeting via ribbons, signage, and Program Book listings. You may donate online by credit card through the Members Only Area; you may also donate by credit card via secure fax or by check by downloading the Contribution Form.

The Western Thoracic Surgical Association is a 501(c)3 corporation; therefore, donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.


WTSA Traveling Fellowship for Residents, Trainees,
and Practicing Surgeons

The Western Thoracic Surgical Association proudly announces its Traveling Fellowship for Residents, Trainees, and Practicing Surgeons, now entering its third year.

The goal of this traveling fellowship is to promote interaction and learning between residents / trainees / practicing surgeons and WTSA members. The traveling fellow will visit a University-affiliated or academic practice of his/her choosing, within the boundaries of the WTSA, for a period of one to two weeks, under the sponsorship of a Western member at the hosting institution. The traveling fellow does not need to be a WTSA member; the award is open to any resident / trainee / practicing surgeon. A stipend of up to 5,000 USD will be provided to the traveling fellow, to defray reasonable costs for travel, lodging, and meals, with expenses reimbursed upon receipt of the fellow’s final written report and summary of expenses.

Deadline: December 15, 2017
For further award details and to access our online application,
click here.


The 2017 Donald B. Doty Education Award
The Western is pleased to announce that Medtronic is once again supporting the Donald B. Doty Educational Award in 2017, the purpose of which is twofold:

  • To foster innovative educational initiatives in cardiothoracic surgery by WTSA members; and
  • To provide an opportunity for the dissemination of this information to other training centers and academic institutions
Active and Senior WTSA members in good standing are eligible to apply, and must submit a completed application to the WTSA Administrative Offices no later than March 31, 2017. Following the review of applications by the WTSA Council, the successful applicant will be notified and awarded an education grant of 10,000 USD. It is expected that the activities associated with the award will be completed by June 26, 2018, and that the recipient will provide both a written summary report as well as a brief oral report at the time of the 2018 WTSA Annual Meeting, June 27-30, 2018, at the Bacara in Santa Barbara, California.


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