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Case reports may help bring up younger thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons as more academic surgeons

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Sawa
General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Cases (2022) 1:1
https://doi.org/10.1186/s44215-022-00001-6
EDITORIAL
Case reports may help bring upyounger
thoracic andcardiovascular surgeons asmore
academic surgeons
Yoshiki Sawa1,2*
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At present, most surgical journals only rarely accept a
small number of case reports because such reports sel-
dom contribute to increasing the journal’s impact factor.
However, some number of previous case reports have
contributed greatly to the significant progress of medi-
cal science, especially with regard to our understanding
of surgical indications and technical consideration for
rare cases. Moreover, any surgeon is likely to have expe-
rienced enormously valuable cases with correspond-
ingly amazing discoveries during the course of their daily
practice. When I was a cardiovascular surgery resident,
I experienced the first case of Norwood operation for a
neonate with hypoplastic left ventricular syndrome in
Japan and wrote the first case report of this case making
it a memorable experience where I received an incred-
ible amount of encouragement followed by a high volume
of academic activity and advancement in my career. We
believe that case report journals might play a significant
role as a gateway for younger surgeons to become inter-
ested in training as academic surgeons.
e Japanese Association of oracic Surgery (JATS)
publishes an international journal, General oracic
and Cardiovascular Surgery (GTCS), which encourages
young surgeons to submit interesting or educational case
reports. Now, we have started a new case report jour-
nal called General oracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Cases (GTCC), a sister journal to complement GTCS.
We welcome younger surgeons to submit case reports
to JATS cases, which will be a completely open-access
online journal. I anticipate that our new journal will con-
tribute significantly to the progress of surgery and help
bring up younger academic surgeons, especially in the
fields of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.
Author’s contributions
The author read and approved the final manuscript.
Declarations
Competing interests
The author declares that no competing interests.
Received: 16 May 2022 Accepted: 7 June 2022
Open Access
General Thoracic and
Cardiovascular Surgery Cases
*Correspondence: sawasec@sahs.med.osaka-u.ac.jp
1Osaka University, Suita, Japan
2 Osaka Police Hospital, Osaka, Japan
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