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Thoracic Surgery

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Objectives Methods
Increase basic knowledge and clinical skills Home study questions with answers and review
 Prepare candidates for written and oral board exams  Seminar with Powerpoints and lecture-note syllabus
Provide practicing physicians with a review and update Practice exams for your written and oral boards
Thoracic Surgery Mock Oral Review Course June 6-8, 2017 Chicago
Please select your registration type, hotel room requirements, and the number of additional mock oral exams you wish to purchase (private and/or public), if any; a single public mock oral exam is included in the course fee.

Designation: The Osler Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This review will be held at: A location yet to be determined.

Hone your critical reasoning and evaluation skills in an intensive 3-day case review course designed to help you zero in on what is most clinically relevant for diagnosis, surgical approach, and case management in all essential areas of Thoracic Surgery.  The course covers standard of care relevant cases utilizing a half-hour public mock oral exam with feedback format. The course begins with a lecture on the critical reasoning and communication skills important to passing the Oral Certification exam and that will be emphasized during the mock oral exams to follow.  Participants and faculty review one-on-one in a 25-minute simulation of the oral board process followed by faculty critique and audience response; 2-4 cases are reviewed in each 30 minute session for a total of 40-80 case reviews per day.  Course fees include participating in one public mock oral exam and observing others being examined.  Learn from doing and from observing.  You may purchase as many additional public or private mock oral exams as you like; however, availability and topics may be limited within two weeks of the course. Please contact the Osler office prior to that time to insure availability.

Oral course topics: bronchogenic cysts *** aortic aneurysms *** chest wall tumors *** pancoast tumors *** septal ruptures *** thoracic trauma *** esophageal surgeries *** cardiac transplants *** mitral valve disease *** lung abscess *** parapneumonic effusion *** tracheal strictures and tumors *** cardiac tumors *** lung cancer *** emphysema and bullous disease *** pneumothorax *** congenital heart disease *** mediastinal masses *** ventricular aneurysms *** mesothelioma *** thoracic duct tumors *** chylothorax *** aortic dissection *** CABG 

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Thoracic Surgery Course on MP3 USB w/Electronic Syllabus July 2015 Edition


Learn on the go - with nearly 18 hours of material recorded at our live review courses.  The Osler Institute utilizes state of the art equipment to record each of our review courses. Then, based on participant feedback, compiles a set of lectures including the top ranked speakers for each of the topics covered. Each USB Drive includes the lectures in MP3 format - listen to on your phone, computer, or load onto your MP3 player
Included with each set is an electronic copy of the syllabus that corresponds with the audio lectures.

Sample Audio

Section # 1  Congenital Heart Disease I by Bassem Mora **** Congenital Heart Disease II by Bassem Mora **** Congenital Heart Disease III by Bassem Mora **** Congenital Heart Disease IV by Bassem Mora **** Diaphragmatic Hernias by Ahmed Mahmoud **** Trachea by Ahmed Mahmoud **** Transfusions and Coagulation Disorders by Ahmed Mahmoud

Section # 2 Thoracic Trauma by Peter Tsai **** Cardiac Tumors by Peter Tsai **** Aortic Valve Disease by Peter Tsai **** Mitral Valve Diseases by Peter Tsai **** Assist Devices by Khaled Abdelhady **** Transplantations Principles by Khaled Abdelhady **** Extracorporal Profusion by Khaled Abdelhady **** Cardiomyopathy by Khaled Abdelhady

Section # 3  Chest Wall by Ahmed Mahmoud **** Mediastinum by Ahmed Mahmoud **** Esophagus by Ahmed Mahmoud **** Pulmonary Neoplasms by Ahmed Mahmoud **** Pulmonary Infections by Ahmed Mahmoud **** Coronary Artery Surgery and Disease by Ahmed Mahmoud **** Thoracic Critical Care Cases by Phillip Zaret 

Thoracic Surgery (Clinical Scenarios)
TScs.jpg This unique case-based review of thoracic surgery offers excellent preparation for oral board examinations, which emphasize both general knowledge and case management. Written by recognized experts, the book presents a variety of cases covering the full spectrum of thoracic surgical diseases. Each case begins with the clinical presentation and proceeds to X-ray report, differential diagnosis, CT scan report, diagnosis and recommendation, surgical approach, outcome, and discussion. X-rays, CT scans, bronchoscopic photographs, and other relevant illustrations accompany the text. Some cases include postoperative complications and discussion of the causes, evaluation, and management of these complications.

  • Case-based review
  • Reflects the natural flow of surgical decision-making
  • Great for Oral Board prep
  • Covers full spectrum of thoracic diseases
Each case includes:
  • Clinical presentation
  • Radiology reports
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Diagnosis/Recommendation
  • Surgical approach—and more!
Table Of Contents
Nonseminomatous Germ Cell Tumor  ***  Segmentectomy  ***  Epiphrenic Diverticulum  ***  Echinococcal disease  ***  Spontaneous Pneumothorax  ***  Atypical Carcinoid  ***  Thyroid Goiter  ***  CT Guided Needle Biopsy  ***  Zenker’s Diverticulum and Diverticulopexy  ***  Lung Transplant and Tracheal Stent  ***  Mesothelioma  ***  Achalasia and Esophageal Myotomy  ***  Osteosarcoma  ***  Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma  ***  Broncholithiasis  ***  Parathyroid Adenoma  ***  VATS Lobectomy  ***  Barrett’s esophagus  ***  Aspergilloma  ***  Malignant Pleural Effusion  ***  Leiomyoma  ***  Bronchogenic Cyst  ***  Congenital Lobar Emphysema  ***  Non Small Cell Lung Cancer  ***  Esophageal Perforation  ***  Blastomycosis  ***  Lymphoma  ***  Pulmonary Artery Sarcoma  ***  Esophageal Adenocarcinoma - Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy  ***  Empyema  ***  Typical Carcinoid  ***  Neurofibroma  ***  Pneumonectomy  ***  Esophageal Adenocarcinoma -Transhiatal Esophagectomy  ***  Palliative Laser Stent Treatment  ***  Foramen of Morgagni Hernia  ***  Radiation Pneumonitis  ***  Thymic Carcinoma  ***  Squmous Cell Carcinoma of the Esopgagus  ***  Intralobar Sequestration  ***  Bullous Disease  ***  Histoplasmosis  ***  Synchronous Lung Nodules  ***  Achalasia and Esophagectomy  ***  Hamartoma  ***  Tuberculosis  ***  Pleural Fibroma  ***  Zenker’s Diverticulum with Previous Left Carotid Endarterectomy  ***  Pneumatocele  ***  Thymoma  ***  Ewing’s Sarcoma  ***  Pericardial Cyst  ***  Pulmonary Function Test  ***  Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma  ***  Pancost Tumor  ***  Congenital Adenoid Cystic Malformation  ***  Teratoma  ***  Superior Sulcus Tumor

About the Author(s)
L. Penfield Faber MD
Vice Chairman and Professor of Surgery, Department of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery, Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL

Robert Kalimi MD
Clinical Instructor of Surgery, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY
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Lodging charges are not included in the registration fee. If not staying under the Osler room block at the course hotel there is a per day charge to cover the cost of the meeting space, food and beverage package plus associated fees and taxes; costs may vary by location. Said costs are all included in the Osler room block rate along with applicable room taxes.

Cancellation Policy: Subject to a $100 fee, refunds will be made for cancellations received at least 14 days before the course begins.

The Osler Institute is going green and providing our attendees with the latest technology to assist in their review. Each registrant will receive upon arrival at the course, a USB drive with searchable PDF copies of the presentations offered during the review. In addition a printed syllabus is available for a small additional fee.

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