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2016 AME Masters of Thoracic Surgery – Uniportal VATS Lobectomy & VATS Segmentectomy video contest

Written by AME Edtor, March 17, 2016

The AME Masters of Thoracic Surgery contest is an annual event held by AME Publishing Company, sponsored by Medtronic, Inc., with an aim to share and demonstrate the surgical skills in cardiothoracic surgery.

Since the first video contest held in 2012 with applauded response, we have now launched three contests, focusing on VATS Lobectomy, VATS Segmentectomy/Sleeve Lobectomy and Uniportal/Two-port VATS surgery respectively.

This year, the contest is upgraded to an international one, themed "Uniportal VATS Lobectomy & VATS Segmentectomy". We believe the contest will embrace the thoracic surgeons from all over the world and provide a continuous platformfor surgeonsto improve their skills.

We warmly welcome you to participate in the contest!

How to participate

Videos can be submitted to editor@asvide.com via: www.wetransfer.com, Dropbox or Hightail etc..Before submission, please make sure the instruction below is followed:

•    All videos should be submitted with a cover letter including: 1. The video is submitted for the video contest2. Confirmation that the video has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere; 3. The title of the video, the author’s name, email and affiliation.

•    For fast uploads please attach your file(s) as compressed .zip or .sit files. Once upload has been initiated, do not close the window until you have received on screen confirmation that your upload has been successful. Please note that the maximum size of each file has a limit of 2GB. If your file(s) for submission are greater than this limit, please divide the file into multiple segments, with the file names labelled in the correct order.

Submission instruction
Illustrating text: It is recommended that the video beaccompanied witha descriptive text. The text should include four subheadings– Abstracts, Introduction, Operative Techniques andComments. The abstract is limited to 300 words. Themain section on Operative Techniques should includedetailed descriptions of the procedures in a step-by-stepformat. Expert opinions regarding possible pitfalls and thecomparison of the described procedure with other methodsare encouraged.

Video: videos should be madewithin 15 mins. Videos should be submitted asdigital files in mp4, flash video (.flv), MPEG (MPEG video file), DVD video format, mov, avi, and wmvformatsorvideos on CD/DVD. H.264/mp4 for the video codec and AAC for the audio codecis recommended. The video should be of high quality (resolutions:no less than 640×480). The corresponding author must confirm in the Copyright Transfer Agreement, that he/she has received a signed release form from each patient recorded on the submitted video. Ideally, patients should not be identifiable in these videos. If required, additional video editing by the authors, including the insertion of a voice-over may also be requested.

All materials submitted shouldbe in accordance with theHealth Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) and be original unless appropriate permission is obtained.

Judging criteria
For this year’s contest, videos will be judged on the basis of how effective the videos are in promoting uniportalVATS Lobectomy or VATS Segmentectomytechniques by a penal of international VATS experts. Awards will be then granted as the first, second and third prize.

Specifically, video clips will be assessed based on the following 3-point criteria.
1) Originality (30 %)
2) Quality of video (30 %)
3) Educational values of video demonstration (40%)

All the prized videoswill stand a chance to be published in Journal of Thoracic Disease (JTD: http://jtd.amegroups.com).

Outstanding contestants for the contest will be awarded the “AME Masters of Thoracic Surgery”and invited to present the videos in the 2016 annual meeting of Asia Thoracoscopic Surgery Education Program (ATEP) to be held in Shenzhen in December.

Submission deadline
To confirm your participation in the contest, please submit your video before May 1, 2016. The result will be announced online (this website) before July 30 and the award winner will get a notification email.

Term of Confidentiality
All information and materials collected for this contest will not be used for any non-academic purpose.

For any inquiry, please contact us at:



About AME Publishing Company
AME Publishing Company (www.amegroups.com) was founded in 2009 as an international publisher of medical journals and books. AME has published more than 20 journals covering a wide range ofmedical disciplines including oncology, cardiology, pulmonologyand urology etc., 40 books and held more than 100 conferences and seminars.

AME is dedicated to providing up-to-date information and consolidating the academic network between experts worldwide with an integrative system. Currently, AME has 15 journals indexed by PubMed [PubMed Central (PMC) or MEDLINE], 7 journals indexed in Web of Science (SCIE or ESCI), specifically:
3 journals indexed by SCIE:
•    Journal of Thoracic Disease
•    Chinese Journal of Cancer Research
•    Translational Cancer Research

5 journals indexed by ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index is acollection of journals that deepens coverage of content in Web of Science. The journals selected have been identified as important to key opinion leaders, funders, and evaluators worldwide. ESCI ensures that Web of Science covers scientific trends and developments beyond the high-impact literature)
•    Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
•    Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
•    Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
•    Translational Gastrointestinal Cancer
•    Translational Lung Cancer Research

Related News

The Journal of Visualized Surgery (under AME Publishing Company) has been established as the Official Journal of The Asia Thoracoscopic Surgery Education Program (ATEP): http://jovs.amegroups.com/announcement/view/181


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