In 2008, TSDA launched its first Boot Camp program. This innovative program provides incoming first-year traditional and fourth-year integrated cardiothoracic surgery residents with an experiential foundation and hands-on practice in basic CT operating skills so that they are better prepared to enter the CT surgery operating room at their home programs. Training sessions include CPB skills, large/small anastomosis, bronchoscopy/mediastinoscopy, open lobectomy, aortic valve surgery, mitral valve surgery, and aortic root replacement. Didactic sessions and hands-on wet labs are employed to create a realistic environment for residents to understand and practice procedures performed in the operating room.
Boot Camp program directors James I. Fann, MD (Stanford University), Richard H. Feins, MD, (University of North Carolina), George L. Hicks, Jr. MD, (University of Rochester), Jon Nesbitt, MD (Vanderbilt University), and Nahush Mokadam, MD (University of Washington) crafted a two-and-a-half day intensive course based on needs emerging in CT surgery residency programs. Residents benefit from extensive one-on-one time with the faculty, which provide advice and guidance along with the finer points of cardiothoracic surgery basics. Faculty and resident assessments are integrated into the curriculum throughout the weekend, providing valuable data on surgical skills, teaching methods, and simulator-based competencies.
The first Boot Camp was held in 2008 and has since provided programs and residents with numerous tangible and intangible benefits, including:
The intensive training and experiences gained at Boot Camp have resulted in extremely positive reviews by both resident attendees and faculty who volunteer their time for this important event. 2008-2016 resident survey results garnered the following data: