Cardiac surgeon Ahmet Kilic recaps STS discussions on heart transplant allocation and mechanical circulatory support and talks about his role in the STS Looking to the Future Scholarship Program.
the session. I just moderated. That's on demand. Called the Change of Heart implications of the new allocation System on Heart Transplantation Ventricular Assist Devices it was an extraordinary look into the implications of the new heart allocation system. In addition to our paper from Johns Hopkins reviewed experts from across the country and what their findings have been on the implications of this new heart allocation system. I hope you have been able to take part in the panel discussion that I lead as it related to how the various different programs have adapted to utilizing the new heart allocation system to their benefit. We learned that interior balloon pump usage is skyrocketing. We realized that we're going to earlier extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a means to get patients to heart transplantation. We've also seen that durable left ventricular assist device as a whole has shifted from a bridge to transplant category to destination therapy. All of these have significant impact on the way we treat patients with heart failure. In our surgical speciality. I've had the pleasure of taking part in the look into the future scholarship over the past decade or so, and this year I get to act as the chair, which is wonderful because I get to interact with medical students and surgical residents from across the country who have an interest in our specialty. This is a great, an innovative way of getting medical students engaged and show them what the light ful careers they can have in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. I have always found this to be a useful endeavor, and I probably get more out of it than our mentees, once again looking forward to another successful year of recruiting the best and the brightest for a specialty.