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22nd February 2021
In the past year a lot has changed in our daily lives, and we believe surgical training is no exception. The rising pressures on healthcare services has redistributed the workforce and had significantly impacted the ability of surgical services to run as usual.
We would like to do a survey of all junior doctors in cardiothoracic surgery, in and out of a training programme, to better understand how their surgical experiences have been impacted by COVID 19 and whether their experiences have changed since the first wave.
We would be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes of your time to fill in the questionnaire:
St Bartholomew’s Hospital- Department of Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery
Dr Kornelija Macevičiūtė MD MSc- Junior Clinical Fellow in Cardiothoracic Surgery
17th February 2021
The interest in minimal-access cardiac surgery (MICS) is increasing in the UK and Ireland. There is a strong desire for us to start a training programme in these techniques, but the options are not clear.
BISMICS was started with a goal to educate, train and participate in MICS programmes in the UK and Ireland. On behalf of the Board of BISMICS and as Chairman, I would like to invite you to participate in this survey. This will enable us to understand the scope of MICS nationally.
We want to be an inclusive group with the aim of involving every cardiac surgeon performing MICS to be a part of BISMICS. We are eager to receive comments from surgeons who are either not performing or have not yet started MICS.
This survey will guide us to establish fellowships, training and proctorship depending on the experience of each cardiac unit.
Mr Amir Sepehripour email@example.com Post CCT Fellow in MICS, will be assisting us in gathering this data.
I hope you will all support this survey. Please start here.
Mr Ranjit Deshpande MS MCh FRCS, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, King’s College Hospital
We are inviting collaborators to join with us on our national audit – Surgery for Empyema, A Longitudinal Study (SEALS-1).
To take part in the survey please click here.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this and we hope to hear from you soon.
Dr Jordan Green, Principal Investigator, m: 07711180017, e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Syed Qadri, Chief Investigator, e: email@example.com
Borderline case management for lung cancer patients
29th October 2020
Cancer Research UK’s latest phase of the ACE (Accelerate, Coordinate, Evaluate) Programme is focused on reducing unwarranted variation in accessing optimal standards of diagnostics and treatment for patients diagnosed with lung cancer.
The programme is being clinically led by Professor Mick Peake and there are several strands to the work including, exploring the defined assessment protocols and associated treatment options for those patients that present as complex or high-risk (also often described as borderline fit) for radical therapies.
ACE is particularly interested to hear the views of the thoracic surgical community, on how this complex patient is considered eligible for radical treatment, including patient fitness assessment.
Please share your views in this short on-line survey here which has been endorsed by Doug West and Steve Woolley from the SCTS. It should only take a few minutes to complete.
UK-OPCAB TRAINING NEEDS to the Cardiothoracic surgery trainees (NTNs)
19th October 2020
We have come up with Survey to evaluate the perceptions of Cardiothoracic trainee surgeons in the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland regarding OPCAB as well their interest in potential training to achieve competence in this innovative surgical strategy. Progressively increasing number of high-risk patients are being referred for coronary artery bypass grafting. Cardiac surgical trainees of today will be confronted with this high-risk cohort of patients in the coming years and it will be logical for them to get training in this innovative approach to coronary artery bypass grafting.
This survey is anonymised and will take 1-2 minutes to complete.
To complete the survey please click here.
Mr. Manish Soni – Kings College Hospital
12th October 2020
There is no generalized curriculum and pathway to resident education, learning and training in robotic thoracic surgery worldwide. However, the role of robotics still continues to expand and evolve. Hence this survey aims at finding answers to the following questions.
- To find out the learning as well as training curve in VATS and Robotic lobectomies amongst the residents in the UK and if it could be shortened.
- To assess the direct/indirect impact of VATS on learning the skills in robotics?
- What is the general consensus amongst the young trainees and surgeons regarding robot-assisted thoracic surgery in the UK?
For Thoracic trainees/fellows; trainers in VATS/RATS in the UK.
Shilpa Gandh, Clinical thoracic fellow, Derriford hospital, Plymouth (UK)
National Survey of Interest in Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery
6th October 2020
We are inviting all cardiothoracic surgery trainees (including non-NTNs) to a short survey on Interest in Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery. There has been a decline in surgical trainees pursuing Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery as a career. This work aims to better understand the perceptions of the sub-specialty among all UK trainees irrespective of their specialty interest. This work will help inform the Congenital Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) in guiding training opportunities. This survey is completely anonymous.
Mr. Joseph George (Congenital Trainee rep) Prof. Attilio Lotto (Congenital Educational Lead)
We designed this survey to evaluate the cardiac surgeons’ preference when choosing the conduits in the Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery.
Mr Jalal Bin-Saeid- Consultant Cardiac Surgeon
We invite you to participate in a survey about the use of endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH) during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in the United Kingdom. This survey is being distributed on behalf of Mr Dumbor Ngaage, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The survey will take approximately five minutes to complete.
The use of endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH) is growing nationally and internationally, but data from a UK survey in 2019 (Soni et al, 2019) suggests that only about a quarter of surgeons always use EVH, while 44% use it for <10% of cases. Although the survey suggests the majority of surgeons would use EVH preferentially for obese and diabetic patients, there were concerns about cost and graft patency, which hinder the adoption of EVH nationally.
We would like to know more about how EVH is used around the country, and your views about the current evidence base.
Evaluating the Current Practice of UK Surgeons for Empyema Surgery
1st September 2020
This is a survey conducted by the Thoracic Surgery team at Castle Hill Hospital under the supervision of Mr S Qadri, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon. The aim of this survey is to gain insight into the national practices of consultants who perform procedures for empyema. We are very grateful for your contributions. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us on either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Impact of PPE on Surgeon Workload
13th July 2020
We are currently contributing to a cross-specialty, multi-centre study that forms part of the Royal College of Surgeons COVID Research Group portfolio. This work aims to better understand the impact of enhanced personal protective equipment use in the operating theatre on surgeon workload. We are interested in capturing data from lead surgeons (trainee or consultant) on all cases performed in theatre, regardless what / whether enhanced PPE is worn, i.e. even if operating with standard masks / gowns!
To participate, we ask that surgeons first complete this ‘registration’ questionnaire https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/surgregister just once.
For each case performed in theatre, we would ask that surgeons complete this ‘case-based’ questionnaire https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/surgworkload as soon as possible after the case has ended.
We are grateful for everyone’s contributions at this busy time. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on the study, or refer to the attached summary sheet.
Mr Edward J Caruana MD MRCSEd MFSTEd Specialist
Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery, University Hospitals of Leicester
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