JOINT AATS/STS POLICY STATEMENT ON EDUCATIONAL COURSES

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) and Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) strongly discourage others from holding educational events during the 48 hours preceding and throughout the duration of AATS- and STS-sponsored meetings, including the AATS and STS Annual Meetings and the jointly sponsored Postgraduate Courses and Tech-Con Programs. Such unauthorized events are deemed detrimental to AATS and STS educational efforts, and create excessive demands on the time and resources of cardiothoracic surgeons. Both AATS and STS urge their members and corporate partners, as well as other education providers, to respect and adhere to this policy. In turn, each organization will seek to accommodate others in their efforts to reach the cardiothoracic surgery audience in conjunction with their respective and jointly conducted meetings.

​(Approved in March 2018)