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Resident Poster Competition

Career Stage: Residents

Program Type: Annual Meeting Program

Specialty: Multi-specialty

Status: Closed

Opens: October 31, 2023

Deadline: February 5, 2024

Program Overview

The AATS Cardiothoracic Resident Poster Competition provides an opportunity for senior cardiothoracic surgery residents and/or congenital heart surgery fellows from around the world to represent their institution by presenting a scientific poster of their clinical/investigative research at the Annual Meeting. Residents and fellows must provide a brief abstract (no more than 3500 characters) regarding the research on their posters. Posters may include research that has been previously presented and/or published. Participants are also encouraged to submit original work that has not been previously presented and/or published. Original posters will be considered for publication in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (JTCVS).

Manuscript Submission to the JTCVS

Submission of a poster provides an opportunity to submit an Original Manuscript or Brief Research Report to JTCVS. Please refer to the Journal Information for Authors for submission guidelines and requirements. 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • North American residents must be in their last year of either an ACGME-accredited or RCPSC-accredited cardiothoracic surgery residency program or congenital heart surgery fellowship in the United States or Canada.
  • International residents must be in their last year of a cardiothoracic training program at an AATS Member’s institution.
  • One thoracic and one cardiac submission per institution may be accepted for participation in the poster competition.

Application Process

Submit a brief abstract for consideration via the online portal.

Review Process

The Cardiothoracic Residents Committee will review all posters submitted for consideration. The Committee will also serve as the graders for each scientific poster presented during the Annual Meeting. The competition award winners will be announced during the Annual Meeting. All presenting authors are strongly encouraged to attend. All awardees will receive a monetary award and certificate for their efforts.

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

*Details regarding poster format, presentation viewing hours, and grading formats will be provided following application submission.

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