The objective of this course is to provide an in-depth review of a wide range of topics in general thoracic surgery, with an emphasis on current principles of management and surgical techniques. The scope of the course will be detailed enough for current practitioners and broad enough to serve as an update in thoracic surgery. 

Learning formats include lectures, panels, pro/con sessions and Q&As along with small group discussions and case presentations. Additional case-based modules have been added on both Thursday and Friday to solidify the previous related presentations using an Audience Responses System to work through common thoracic surgery challenges. There will also be two breakout breakfast sessions with three or four faculty members each on Friday morning. These sessions will deal with the specific management of challenging problems and cases in thoracic surgery. At the conclusion of the course, the participants will be able to apply practical information gained to their clinical practices.

Learning Objectives

  • Diagnose, stage and select proper management for patients presenting with complex medical conditions including lung cancer, esophageal cancer and thymic tumors
  • Determine when to use induction therapy appropriately
  • Perform the correct operation in a standardized manner
  • Diagnose and treat postoperative complications of common thoracic surgery problems including lung nodules and lung cancer, esophageal cancer, thymomas, airway problems, pleural space problems and metastatic disease
  • Review recent literature and incorporate relevant updates into practice

Target Audience

This course is targeted to specialty physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. This course may also be of interest to physicians who practice in surgery and thoracic surgery.