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Resident Case Report Competition

Career Stage: Residents, Fellows

Program Type: Annual Meeting Program

Specialty: Multi-specialty

Status: Closed

Opens: October 31, 2023

Deadline: February 6, 2024

Program Overview

The AATS Cardiothoracic Resident Case Report Competition provides an opportunity for cardiothoracic surgery residents from around the world to represent their institution by presenting new original case studies at the AATS Annual Meeting. Residents and fellows must provide a brief abstract (no more than 3500 characters) regarding an original case study i.e. an interesting/unusual case, identifying the issues you faced and the means you used to resolve it and be prepared to present in a mini oral presentation format at the AATS Annual Meeting upon being selected. Case Reports may not include research that has been previously presented and/or published.

Selected participants will receive $500 in travel funds to compete at the AATS Annual Meeting in a mini-oral competition and the top presenter will receive an additional $500 award.

Manuscript Submission to the JTCVS Techniques

Submission of an original case report provides an opportunity to submit the report to JTCVS Techniques. Case reports accompanied by a video are strongly preferred. The Case Report should be a maximum 750 words. Please refer to the Journal Information for Authors for submission guidelines and requirements. All manuscripts are reviewed by the JTCVS Editors and Editorial Board. Should you be interested in being considered for publication, manuscripts must be submitted directly to the JTCVS electronically ( prior to the AATS Annual Meeting. To expedite review and publication, you can submit one month prior to the meeting. Please select AATS Case Report Competition as the Article Type upon submission.

Eligibility Requirements

  • North American residents must be enrolled 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.
  • The competition is limited to one cardiac and one thoracic candidate per institution.
  • Candidates are limited to one submission per application.
  • If submitting a case video, please review the Submission Guidelines.

Application Process

Submit a brief abstract for consideration via the online portal.

For more information or to register a resident, Program Directors and International Members should contact the AATS Administrative Office via email at

*Details regarding criteria for the Case Report format, presentation viewing hours, and grading formats will be provided following application submission.

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