As part of AME’s efforts to boost Chinese participation in the Post Graduate Course and enhance collaborations between the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS) and thoracic surgeons in China, the idea of the AME Special Competition was initiated since 2015 (1). The aim of this competition was to select Chinese trainee thoracic surgeons who could represent China in the Asia Team at the PGC. The two top contestants in the AME Special Competition would be nominated to the Asia Team captain for consideration of inclusion in the team.
This year (2016), the AME Special Competition was continued and held in four cities in China: Shenzhen, Suzhou, Haerbin, and Xi’an. At each city, 6-14 contestants were entered in the competition. In total, 46 contestants participated in this very special event held across four cities, almost doubling the contestant number compared to the competition in 2014. Each contestant must be eligible and have applied to be a trainee member of the ESTS before they could be considered for the Asia team. The top ten for the competition are invited to the final. You are welcome to comment on their performance as follows.
No. 1 Zheng Yan, Henan Cancer Hospital
No. 2 Jiagen Li, Cancer Institute and Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
No. 3 Fangyu Zhou, Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital
No. 4 Junjie Xi, Zhongshan Hospital Fudan University
No. 5 Tianxiang Chen, Shanghai Chest Hospital
No. 6 Sainan Pang, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Haerbin Medical University
No. 7 Jinbo Zhao, Tangdu Hospital
No. 8 Jie Dai, Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital
No. 9 Xiaozheng Kang, Peking University Cancer Hospital
No. 10 Xing Wang, Peking University Cancer Hospital
1. Sihoe AD. The AME Special Competition 2015: 4 rounds, 27 contestants, countless lessons learned about China. J Thorac Dis 2015;7(5):E139-E147. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2015.04.57