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The Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education (JCTSE), the Thoracic Surgical Directors Association (TSDA), the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association (TSRA), and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) introduced an online Thoracic Surgical Curriculum (TSC) on August 1, 2013. The TSC weekly assignments were based on a 2-year, 88-week schedule and were aligned with the objectives established by the ABTS. They were intended to supplement cardiothoracic surgery residency education.

The TSC was accessible through an open-source learning management system (LMS), Moodle, and was available to all residents, faculty, program directors and program coordinators in North America. This initial launch of the TSC was Phase I of the curriculum's implementation. Phase I included a list of the objectives being addressed in each of the 88 topics and a link to the Thoracic Surgery Brain, where the content relevant to each topic along with additional editorially reviewed content was stored. Later phases of implementation involved placing the topic-relevant content into the LMS, the addition of quizzes with feedback (mostly taken from older versions of SESATS), content from the TSRA's clinical scenarios book, case presentations, and the development of regular oversight with TSC section and topic editors.

Since the launch of the TSC, JCTSE collected data and feedback from the users in a variety of ways. JCTSE learned about user likes and dislikes with the system, resident learning-styles, program director and faculty reporting needs, and much more. In January 2015, JCTSE teamed up with Astute Technology, LLC (Astute) to build a brand new, custom LMS to fit the needs of cardiothoracic surgery residents and faculty. This new LMS made its debut in July 2016 and included many new functions, including the following:

  • Reporting and tracking data, including comparison data across all users, for program directors and trainees
  • The ability for program directors to customize the curriculum within individual programs including creation of unique assignments and quizzes for their trainees
  • The ability for trainees to create unique assignments and quizzes for themselves, called self-studies
  • Development of a library function within the LMS with enhanced search functions for easy browsing of content

The TSC is constantly being updated by the TSC editors, who strive to find the most relevant and up-to-date content for their topics. JCTSE would like to recognize and thank the following TSC section and topic editors for their contributions:

EDITORIAL BOARD

Section Editors


  • Edward Verrier, MD
    University of Washington

  • Lauren Kane, MD
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    CV01-CV17

  • Jules Lin, MD
    University of Michigan
    TS23-TS42

  • Nahush Mokadam, MD
    University of Washington
    CV18-CV33

  • Paul Schipper, MD
    Oregon Health and Science University
    TS01-TS22

  • Ram
    Subramanyan, MD
    University of Southern California
    AC01-AC36
    CD01-CD12

  • Winfield Wells, MD
    University of Southern California
    CD01-CD12

Topic Editors


  • Leora Balsam, MD
    New York University Medical Center
    CV16

  • Jack Boyd, MD
    Stanford University
    CV12

  • AJ Carpenter, MD
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    CV01-CV04

  • David Cooke, MD
    University of California Davis
    CV31-CV33

  • Elizabeth David, MD
    University of California Davis
    TS06-TS09

  • James Donahue, MD
    University of Maryland
    TS13

  • Fernando
    Fleischman, MD
    University of Southern California
    CV17

  • Henning Gaissert, MD
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    TS29-TS31

  • Eugene Grossi, MD
    New York University Medical Center
    CV13 - CV14

  • Amy Hackmann, MD
    University of Southern California
    TS41-TS42

  • James Huang, MD
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    TS23-TS26

  • Dawn Hui, MD
    St. Louis University
    CV22-CV23

  • Anthony Kim, MD
    Yale-New Haven Medical Center
    TS19-TS22

  • Christine Lau, MD
    University of Virginia Hospital
    TS13-TS14

  • Robert Meguid, MD
    University of Colorado
    TS11-TS12

  • Sergeui
    Melnitchouk, MD
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    CV24-CV26

  • Rita Milewski, MD
    University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
    CV05-CV06

  • John Mitchell, MD
    University of Colorado
    TS11-TS12

  • Daniela Molena, MD
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    TS36-TS40

  • Lester Permut, MD
    University of Washington
    AC01-AC36

  • Daniel Raymond, MD
    Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    TS27-TS28

  • Rishi Reddy, MD
    University of Michigan
    TS15-TS18

  • Brett Reece, MD
    University of Colorado
    CV18-CV21

  • Ahmad Sheikh, MD
    Stanford University
    CV31-CV33

  • Jack Sun, MD
    University of Southern California
    CV07- CV10

  • Betty Tong, MD
    Duke University Medical Center
    TS32-TS35

  • Tom Varghese, MD
    University of Utah School of Medicine
    CV11 +CV15

Previous Editors


  • Craig Baker, MD
    University of Southern California
    CV01-CV17

  • James Fann, MD
    Stanford University
    CV18-33

  • Ara Vaporciyan, MD
    University of Texas MD Anderson
    TS01 - TS22

  • Stephen Yang, MD
    The John Hopkins Hospital
    TS23 - TS42
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