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lapenaDear Friends and Colleagues,

2017 is a year filled with new beginnings and dynamic changes!

Last December a historic event occurred, after I was elected as the First Female President of the Philippine Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons ,Inc. (PATACSI) since its inception in 1959.  I am truly honored and humbled by the trust and confidence vested upon me by my colleagues.

I am also aware that this precious trust is coupled with the daunting task and enormous responsibility of steering PATACSI into the new era of changes and challenges.  After our assembly consensus, we will be implementing this year the new TCVS Core Curriculum and Pathway training program for Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgery.

We will be collaborating with other specialty societies and our partner companies to provide our members and trainees ample opportunities to keep abreast with the latest practices and current technologies in the realm of TCVS, by way of relevant conventions and hands-on/simulation workshops.

We have increased the lineup of our surgical missions for the year, as we wish to reach out further to our less fortunate patients who are in dire need of our  services.

We have likewise calendared post-graduate and road show courses for our allied health workers (nurses/perfusionists/technicians) on important topics so as to improve their knowledge and skills in patient care.

It will definitely be a busy 2017!  We have so much in store for all our members, our trainees, our patients and the communities we serve. Please allow me to invite each and everyone to attend and actively participate in the PATACSI committees and activities for the year.

Be in the loop. Kindly visit our PATACSI webpage regularly to find out the latest activities and announcements. And feel free to get in touch with our secretariat or any of the PATACSI officers/board members if you have worthwhile ideas and projects that you would like for us to work on.

Let us all contribute to enrich and steer PATACSI to even greater heights. Let us work together so we can make this 2017 a memorable and fruitful year for all of us!

LARA F. LAPEÑA-KARE, MD

PATACSI President

2017