Cardiothoracic surgery training in South Korea: Challenges and new hopes

Sung Jun Park, Dong Jung Kim, Joon Bum Kim, Kay Hyun Park, Jae Won Lee

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Abstract

In this era when multiple challenges are surrounding the cardiothoracic surgery specialty, including an increase in procedural complexity and institutionalization of public reporting, it is rather paradoxical to have an unprecedentedly unfavorable condition for quality education while the level of proficiency and competency to be achieved during the course of training became more demanding. Cardiothoracic surgery in South Korea is also facing several challenges across multiple levels that includes a persistent low filling rate of residency positions, severe therapeutic deviation toward percutaneous transcatheter intervention in coronary artery disease, a social climate reluctant to cardiovascular surgery and consequent underestimation of surgical volume, and skewed health insurance reimbursement system. Meanwhile, some hopeful signs have been observed in our specialty because of ongoing efforts of our leaderships of the Society, including recent financial initiative and several educational platforms such as boot camp. We introduce our system internationally to share our experience for the purpose of promoting further discussions and encouraging persistent efforts toward education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-214.e1
JournalJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Volume159
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2020

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Keywords

  • reimbursement
  • surgery
  • system
  • training

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Cardiothoracic surgery training in South Korea : Challenges and new hopes. / Park, Sung Jun; Kim, Dong Jung; Kim, Joon Bum; Park, Kay Hyun; Lee, Jae Won.

In: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Vol. 159, No. 1, 01.2020, p. 205-214.e1.

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