Cardiovascular disease and cancer are the leading causes of mortality and morbidity around the globe. Major advances in these conditions continue to be made at a rapid pace. Improvements in diagnostic techniques as well as interventional approaches to treatment, both surgical and percutaneous, challenge the clinical practitioner to remain current. Increasingly sophisticated technology to accomplish these aims is being developed and introduced into clinical practice. Exciting advances in basic and clinical science offer opportunities for participation in scientific studies and clinical trials. All of these elements create a significant educational need for the practicing cardiothoracic surgeon. The AATS Annual Meeting fills this need through a combination of lectures, original scientific presentations and discussion forums.
At the conclusion of the AATS Annual Meeting, through comprehensive lectures and discussions, participants will be able to:
The AATS Annual Meeting is specifically designed to meet the educational needs of:
The American Association for Thoracic Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Association for Thoracic Surgery designates this live educational activity AMA PRA Category 35.25 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
It is the policy of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery that any individual who is involved in planning, presenting or is an author on a program designated for AMA Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 Credit™ (and the individual’s spouse/partner) must disclose to AATS all financial relationships (e.g. salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest, stocks/stock options) with ACCME-defined commercial interest(s), that is, any entity that produces, markets, re-sells, or distributes health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. Relevant financial relationships are financial relationships in any amount that create a conflict of interest and that occurred in the twelve-month period preceding the time that the individual was asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. A conflict of interest is created when individuals have both a financial relationship with a commercial interest and the opportunity to affect the content of CME about the products or services of that commercial interest. Relevant financial relationships, or the absence thereof, are disclosed to the audience prior to an activity.
The AATS has procedures in place if a conflict of interest should arise. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any discussion of unapproved use of pharmaceutical or medical device occurs. For further information on the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards of Commercial Support, please visit www.accme.org.