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Resident Case Report Competition

Program Overview

The Competition provides an opportunity for cardiothoracic surgical residents from around the world to present original case studies at the 100th Annual Meeting in New York, NY, April 25 -28, 2020. Residents must provide a brief abstract (no more than 300 words) regarding an original case study, i.e. an interesting/unusual case, identifying the issues you faced and the means you used to resolve it. Successful applicants should be prepared to present in a mini oral presentation format at the Annual Meeting upon being selected.

Selected participants will receive a discounted registration rate to the Annual Meeting and a $500 award to offset travel costs to the Annual Meeting. The respective training program will be responsible for the cost of any additional resident travel and hotel accommodations. A mini-oral competition will be held at the meeting and the top presenter will receive an additional $500 award. If not selected to compete in the mini oral presentation, applicants may be offered space to display a poster of their case during the 100th Annual Meeting.

Manuscript Submission to the JTCVS:

Acceptance of an original case report provides an opportunity to submit the manuscript to the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (JTCVS), with the exceptions noted below. Please refer to the Journal information for authors at or for submission guidelines and requirements. Should you be interested in being considered for publication, manuscripts must be submitted to the JTCVS electronically prior to the 100th Annual Meeting and NO LATER than Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time. To expedite review and publication, you can submit one month prior to the meeting.


  • North American residents must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited or RCPSC-accredited cardiothoracic surgery residency program.
  • International residents must be in their last year of a cardiothoracic training program at an AATS Member’s institution.

Abstracts will be accepted mid-October, 2019.