The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) recognizes the importance of working collaboratively with industry in meeting the needs of our membership. In an effort to provide more opportunities for physicians attending STS meetings to benefit from their relationships with industry, STS has established policies that allow programs offered by industry and not developed or sponsored by STS to be held in conjunction with STS meetings. These programs include educational activities, receptions, meal functions, investigator meetings, and focus groups. These policies have been developed to facilitate overall meeting planning and for the benefit of our members. Industry sponsored activities that take place concurrently with the STS 50th Annual Meeting (i.e., between January 25-29, 2014) and are targeted at STS meeting attendees must adhere to this policy document.