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Clinical Trials Methods Course

September 30– October 2, 2021
JB Duke Hotel
Durham, NC, USA

PLEASE NOTE: After careful consideration, AATS is postponing this in-person meeting. Surgeons and other experts in the field have advised AATS leadership regarding the status of COVID-19 and the risks involved with holding an in-person meeting. It is the Association’s obligation to put the safety of members, faculty, attendees, exhibitors, and staff as its number one priority. AATS will take this time to continue to work with faculty to prepare meetings that are focused on excellence, leadership, scholarship, and innovation.

The dates of the rescheduled meeting will be announced as soon as possible. With that, AATS is instituting the AATS Guarantee. If you would like a refund for a meeting you already registered for, please contact meetings@aats.org. All registration fees will be returned in full. Thank you for understanding AATS’ decision. We hope you will join us in-person when it is safe to resume.

Clinical Trials Methods Course  provides an intensive and interactive training program for cardiothoracic surgeons across all subspecialties to acquire the critical skills required in effective clinical trial design and implementation. This course is particularly suited to help professionals who are considering applying for clinical trial funding to better understand the complex nature of preparing and submitting clinical trial proposals.

Reasons to Participate

  • Learn statistical methodology, finances, and administrative skills for a running viable clinical trials program;

  • Gain the necessary skillset for setting up and leading a successful clinical trials program;

  • Examine complexities of the study section review process and assess/ interpret clinical trials and current areas of focus at both the institution and government level;

  • Earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits to advance your career.

Submit Your Ideas

Clinical Trials Methods Course  is an intensive exercise in the development of a clinical trial including protocol design, funding, and implementation. Attendees should come prepared with relevant questions to investigate. Please submit your clinical trial ideas. Submissions will open August 2021 and will be open for the duration of the meeting. 

Program Directors:

David H. Harpole, Jr. 

David H. Harpole, Jr. is a Professor of Surgery in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, where he serves as Director of the Surgical Residency Research Fellowship, as well as the Thoracic Oncology Research Laboratory and Biorepository. Dr. Harpole received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1980 and completed his General and Thoracic Surgery Residencies in 1993 under Dr. David Sabiston at Duke University where he also was the Posthelwaite Thoracic Research fellow from 1986-1988. After completion, he joined the faculty of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute of the Harvard Medical School under the leadership of Dr. David Sugarbaker from 1993-1996 when he returned to Duke to establish the General Thoracic Surgery program with Dr. Thomas D’Amico. He has risen to the rank of Full Professor of Surgery with tenure and is a Professor of Pathology at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

 


Marco A. Zenati 

Dr. Marco Zenati is a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Associate Surgeon in the Department of Surgery, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston Healthcare System. He is the founder and the director of the Medical Robotics & Computer-Assisted Surgery (MRCAS) Laboratory which has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the last 15 years. Dr. Zenati attended Catholic University School of Medicine in Rome, Italy and graduated from the University of Verona School of Medicine Summa Cum Laude. He completed his surgical training at University of Verona and the University of Pittsburgh. In the 1990s he was deeply involved in the development of minimally invasive cardiac surgery and robotics, and he was among the first to pioneer their clinical applications. Dr Zenati serves as the National Chairman of the Cardiac Surgery Scientific Advisory Board at the National Surgery Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. He is a permanent member of the Bioengineering, Technology and Surgical Sciences (BTSS) Study Section of the NIH Center for Scientific Review. He is the author of more than 250 peer-reviewed publications. Dr Zenati is the Study Chair for the REGROUP (ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT01850082) and CART randomized clinical trials.

 

Registration

Registration for Clinical Trials Methods Course is now open.  Please visit our Registration and Housing page to register for the meeting.

Attendee Fees On or Before 8/26/21 On or After 8/27/21
AATS Member $495 $595
Non-Member Physician $595 $695
Fellow $295 $395
Resident $295 $395
Medical Student $295 $395
Non-Physician $295 $395
Non-Exhibiting Industry Professional $595 $695

Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information regarding ways in which industry can support the Clinical Trials and Methods Course, please contact:

Melissa Binette
Director of Corporate and Industry Relations
industry@aats.org
(978) 252-2200 x538

Accreditation

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Gain the necessary skillset for setting up and lead a successful clinical trials program at their institution;

  • Learn statistical methodology, finances, and administrative skills for a running viable clinical trials program;

  • Examine the complexities of the study section review process and asses/ interpret clinical trials and current areas of focus at both the institution and government level;

  • Design a clinical trials proposal.

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery designates this other activity (live and recorded sessions) for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.