The Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons and MSTCVS Quality Collaborative Welcomes You!

From its inception in 1965 the Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons has devoted itself to maintaining the upmost standards of quality in our profession and specialty. The annular meeting of all its society members is held each year in August, and advances this goal through education and discussion of important issues in our field. It also encourages camaraderie, and engenders collaboration and cooperation among its members. In addition, the annular meeting attracts national and international leaders in their field to speak on given topics in a comfortable, yet highly interactive environment in some of the most beautiful sites Northern Michigan has to offer. The history of our society is quite unique, and its high points are outlined in the section under history in this website.

In 2006 the MSTCVS Quality Collaborative was born. Its mission along with that of the Society is shown below. From the start it was conceived as a way to bring together all the surgeons in the state, as well as their assistants and representatives, to examine every detail of the results of cardiac and general thoracic surgery. We use as our data base that of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ housed at Duke University, the most advanced and complete medical data gathering service in the world. The accuracy of the data is assured by regular audits, sponsored by generous grants from Blue Cross of Michigan. Its data collectors are highly professional and well trained individuals from each hospital in Michigan performing cardiac and thoracic surgery. They devote each day to the completeness and accuracy of the data they input.


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The MSTCVS Quality Collaborative holds a series of meeting four times per year. The Data Manager meeting is intended for MSTCVS Data Managers who are interested in receiving further education on the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) database updates. The MSTCVS Quality Committee Meeting is intended only for MSTCVS Quality Committee Member Surgeons – typically ONE surgeon from each of our 33 hospitals is invited to attend each meeting. The MSTCVS Quality Collaborative Meeting is open to all MSTCVS members and associate members. Registration for each of the three meetings is available above. Please sign up for the respective meetings that pertain to your role in the MSTCVS Quality Collaborative.

MSTCVS Mission Statement:

The mission of the Society, from the beginning, has been to promote the highest standards of practice among Michigan’s thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons, to ensure that patients receive the highest quality care, and to bring their members together annually to foster a cohesive group and single voice in order to face the changing socioeconomic issues of the times.

The MSTCVS annual meeting brings its mission to fruition by scheduling the finest of surgeon speakers, emphasizing a Quality Assurance initiative, presenting innovative products and services, and cultivating future thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons by sponsoring an annual Resident Surgeon Competition.

MSTCVS Quality Collaborative Mission Statement:

The Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Quality Collaborative is a multidisciplinary group of medical professionals dedicated to improving the care of cardiac and general thoracic surgery patients in Michigan.

The MSTCVS Quality Collaborative promotes and shares optimal processes of care and cardiac and general thoracic surgery outcomes and implements quality improvement initiatives based on regional and national data as well as clinical research and evidence based cardiac and thoracic surgery practice and guidelines.

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