Title
The present and future of thoracic surgery within the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) The present and future of thoracic surgery within the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS)
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Berlin ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
European journal of cardiothoracic surgery. - Berlin
Source (book)
2nd Strategic Meeting of the, European-Association-for-Cardio-Thoracic-Surgery (EACTS), FEB 10, 2012, Windsor, ENGLAND
Volume/pages
43(2013) :1 , p. 219-222
ISSN
1010-7940
ISI
000312640600070
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
On 10 February 2012, a Strategic Conference was organized by the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) in Windsor during the inauguration of the newly acquired EACTS house. In this review, the present and future of thoracic surgery are discussed. With the creation of the Thoracic Domain, thoracic surgery has been strengthened and made clearly visible within the general EACTS structure. A clearly identified thoracic track is provided during the Annual Congress. Specific working groups have been created that deal with varying topics of thoracic surgery and diseases of the chest. The European School of Cardiothoracic Surgery has been restructured, providing not only theoretical but also practical education in thoracic surgery. At national and international levels, interdisciplinary cooperation is encouraged. Harmonization of thoracic training within Europe is necessary to allow better exchange between different countries. Guidelines dealing with specific thoracic procedures should be further developed. The Thoracic Domain of EACTS will remain a key player in promoting thoracic surgery in Europe and internationally, and in providing high-level scientific output, education and training in thoracic surgery and diseases of the chest, which requires continuous, close cooperation between thoracic and cardiothoracic surgeons.
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