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This program provides the First Assistant (Physician Assistant, RNFA) with opportunities to engage in discussions regarding the latest advances in Cardiothoracic surgery. The didactic sessions will discuss the use of advanced biosurgery and energy modalities, stapling instrumentation, OR teamwork, and OR set up.

The lab experience will focus on the safe and effective use of the ECHELON Powered FLEX™ ENDOPATH® stapler family of products, a complete portfolio of biosurgery technologies, EVERPOINT® Cardiovascular Needle, DERMABOND® PRINEO® Skin Closure System, and HARMONIC®, SURGICEL® Absorbable Hemostats, SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix, EVICEL® Fibrin Sealant (Human), STRATAFIX™ Spiral Knotless Tissue Control Device and ZIPFIX® System in both open and minimally invasive Cardiothoracic procedures including CABG and valve replacement surgery as well as VATS lobectomy, wedges and segmentectomy.