The specific learning objectives are to provide surgeons with the foundational knowledge of the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation, the rationale for surgical treatment and the ability to perform the atrial fibrillation correction procedure over a range of surgical approaches. As a result, the provided training and unique mentorship opportunity will assist fellows so that they may ascend to leadership roles in surgical atrial fibrillation treatment over the course of their careers.
The curriculum will include a thorough review and demonstrated understanding of the following topics:
The cardiothoracic fellow will be credentialed, if possible, at their host center so that they may scrub in with the host surgeon to facilitate the application of their training to the extent possible. Please note, certain host sites are observation only.
A number of host surgeons/institutions have partnered with the AATS Foundation on this initiative. Potential host institutions include:
Additionally, recipients will be reimbursed for airfare and lodging (up to $1,150) to attend the 102nd AATS Annual Meeting taking place in Boston in May 2022 as well as for airfare and lodging (up to $850) to attend the Surgical Treatment for Arrhythmias and Rhythm Disorders Meeting in March 2022, also in Boston.
To be eligible for an award, candidates must meet the following minimum requirements for consideration:
In addition to a formal online application, candidates will also be required to upload the following materials:
**Please note that any award payments made to foreign individuals may be subject to federal tax withholding of up to 30% if a recipient is traveling to the United States.
AATS Foundation’s Fellowship Review Committee will review all applications and notify awardees of their final decision within 45 days of the application deadline. Applications will be graded on all aspects of the award criteria. Depending on the planned time spent at the host training site as described in the application, a selection of one of the following two levels will be awarded to offset travel and living expenses:
At the conclusion of their training, recipients are required to submit a final report describing their Fellowship experience and its application to clinical practice.