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The six-year Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program at Cleveland Clinic plans to accept two first year residents for July of 2013. The Cleveland Clinic Department of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery intends to recruit the finest possible candidates to train them to become the next generation of leaders in academic cardiothoracic surgery. Our training program utilizes an innovative, multidisciplinary approach that emphasizes academic knowledge, accomplishment, and clinical expertise in patient care.
The Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic is the busiest clinical cardiac unit in the country. Our residents thus obtain comprehensive patient care experience over a full spectrum of health problems related to cardiovascular and thoracic disorders requiring surgical intervention.
The first three years of the curriculum are designed to provide broad training in both surgical and medical specialties with a graduated level of responsibility and patient complexity. Rotations during the PGY-1, 2 and 3 years are primarily one month in duration at selected Cleveland Clinic hospitals and MetroHealth Medical Center.
The last three years of training are devoted to the surgical, percutaneous, and minimally invasive treatment of acquired and congenital cardiac disease, thoracic and esophageal disease, and vascular disease. The rotations are designed so that residents rotate through cardiac and thoracic surgery each year with progressive responsibility through the senior and chief resident level. There is a six month block in the PGY-5 and 6 years for each resident to focus on an area of his/her choice for additional training in adult cardiac, congenital cardiac, thoracic/esophageal surgery, or vascular/endovascular surgery. The rotation length is three months during the PGY 4-6 years.
For over 6 decades, the Duke University Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery has trained the nation’s leaders in academic cardiovascular and thoracic surgery by immersing them in a dynamic clinical, teaching, and research enterprise. We are pleased to offer a six-year integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery residency program, leading to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, starting in July 2014.
Residents in the integrated program will gain experience in general and vascular surgery, critical care, cardiac anesthesia and cardiac catheterization, as well as in cardiac and thoracic surgery. Our program includes training in four locations: Duke University Hospital, Durham VA Medical Center and Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, North Carolina; and the Asheville VA Medical Center in Asheville, North Carolina.
The first three years of the curriculum (PGY 1-3) provide balanced and broad training in general, vascular and cardiothoracic surgery. The PGY 4-6 years provide focused training in general thoracic, congenital, adult cardiac and aortic surgery.
The educational curriculum is designed to augment the resident’s operative and clinical experiences. Weekly didactic conferences, attending rounds and grand rounds augment the new Thoracic Surgical Curriculum. Residents will also participate in clinical conferences, including multidisciplinary thoracic oncology conference, heart and lung transplant listing conferences, congenital heart surgery teaching conference, and multidisciplinary cardiac surgery conference.
Applicants should register through the NRMP and provide a completed application through ERAS. Additional application materials should include two letters of recommendation, Dean’s letter, a personal statement, medical school transcript(s) and USMLE transcript.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Betty Tong, Assistant Program Director:
Phone: (919) 613-4690
Program website: http://cardiothoracic.surgery.duke.edu/education-and-training/residency-programs
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The 6-year Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program at Emory University began in 2012 with two first year residents. This training program was designed to provide a focused and consolidated educational training program dedicated to the dynamic field of cardiothoracic surgery. Furthermore, the basic principles of general surgery will be the focus in the early years of training with more progressive responsibility of cardiothoracic rotations during the resident’s progression through the training program. The first two years are focused on the basic surgical skills and surgical principles with dedicated rotations on general and vascular surgery services as well as general cardiology and heart failure. During the second year more exposure and experience will be obtained in intensive care as well as more exposure to vascular and cardiac physiology. During the third year residents become exposed to the cardiothoracic surgery rotations as well as gaining experience with interventional and endovascular techniques. The final three years of the residency program are dedicated to mastering the skills and knowledge required to be a well-trained and competent cardiothoracic surgeon.
Cardiothoracic surgery training during the entire residency program will occur at multiple Emory affiliated hospitals to provide a diverse and well-rounded experience for our residents. Residents for the integrated program apply during their fourth year of medical school similar to standard applications for other residency programs. Upon completion of the integrated residency program residents are eligible to sit for the American Board for Thoracic Surgery Certification. Currently there are two positions available each year. Interviews will be scheduled between November 1 and January 31.
The entire cardiothoracic surgery and general surgery faculty are dedicated to providing an academic environment that provides extensive cardiothoracic surgery training as well as complying with the current ACGME work hour restrictions. For more information, contact Carol Adams, Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Coordinator, at 404-778-3836 or Dr. Robert Guyton, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Michael Halkos, Associate Program Director at email@example.com.
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The Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Indiana University now offers an integrated six-year residency program. In August 2012, approval for accreditation of the six-year integrated program was obtained. This program is designed for residents entering directly from medical school for training in cardiothoracic surgery. Upon completion of the six-year program, residents will be eligible for certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. There is one (1) position each year designated for the integrated six-year program. The integrated curriculum includes rotations in general surgery, trauma, transplant, adult and pediatric cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, endoscopy, cardiac catheterization and echocardiography, and surgical ICU. The residency program will run concurrently with the nationally recognized and established thoracic surgery fellowship program.
The Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery has a 40-year history of educating adult and pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons. Throughout the first two decades, the program consisted of a 2-year residency. As the third decade emerged, the beginning of specialization training developed within the educational program and congenital heart surgery fellowships were added to the menu of educational offerings as was an adult cardiac and transplantation fellowship. Early in the fourth decade of the program’s existence, we felt the expansion of clinical specialization and complexity of procedures within the spectrum of thoracic surgery mandated 36 months in training for residents to be adequately and competently prepared in the new millennium. The standard residency-training program was therefore expanded to three years (36 months) of dedicated thoracic surgery education.
We have recently completed the process for inclusion of the 4/3 pathway into the curriculum. This will allow all three American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) certification pathways to be offered at Indiana University.
The primary goals and objectives of the residency are to educate well-trained and qualified surgeons who possess both the technical and personal attributes to become skillful surgeons in the operating room and at the bedside. It is our mandate as educators to do what we can to ensure all finishing residents have received the necessary training to become ABTS certified and provide competent surgical care to the community as a whole.
The overall goals and objective of the Indiana University Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Residency Program is the development of the complete clinical and academic surgeon. At the completion of the program, residents will demonstrate proficiency in all aspects of clinical cardiothoracic surgery, possess a knowledge base and adeptness in clinical research as well as be competitive for all professional opportunities.
Residency applicants will be considered based on their academic credentials, communication skills, and their motivation and preparedness for education in cardiothoracic surgery.
Graduates of a US or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME) or otherwise should be qualified as specified below:
Integrated Thoracic Surgery (I-6) Application Process and Schedule:
Applicants will be required to provide a completed application, two letters of recommendation, medical school transcript and Dean’s letter, a personal statement, and USMLE transcript.
September 15, 2013 – Applicants may begin applying to ACGME accredited programs.
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The six-year Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin accepts residents who have graduated from an LCME accredited medical school or are ECFMG certified. The program is divided into three parts based on level of training. The first two post-graduate years are considered the junior resident years, the third and fourth post-graduate years are considered the mid-level resident years, and the fifth and sixth post-graduate years are considered the chief resident years.
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The residency program, ACGME-accredited since 1962, was commended at the last ACGME inspection and awarded the maximum five-year cycle. The two-year program will run in parallel with an innovative six-year Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Program. The exact rotations depend on whether residents select the thoracic or cardiac track.
The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center is a high volume program and one of the largest thoracic surgery departments in New York. In addition to one of the most successful mitral surgery programs in the United States headed by Dr. David H. Adams, and an established minimally invasive thoracic surgery program, The Mount Sinai Medical Center is distinguished by its complex aortic surgery program headed by Dr. Randall B. Griepp and Dr. Paul Stelzer, and cardiovascular research groups including those headed by Dr. Eric Rose and Dr. Valentin Fuster.
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The six-year integrated Cardiothoracic Residency Program began in 2010 when the first two residents were accepted. This innovative, accredited program accepts applications for two post graduate positions each year. Columbia is a nationally recognized, high quality and innovative center with high surgical volume that utilizes advanced techniques and procedures. The program is designed to develop future leaders and innovators in the field of cardiac and thoracic surgery. This integrated six-year program will eventually, at NY Presbyterian – Columbia, phase out the traditional program that begins after General Surgery training.
The program utilizes an initially balanced approach to surgical diseases, combining rotations in the General Surgery program with rotations in the cardiac and thoracic specialties, including cardiology interventional cardiology, intensive care, imaging, vascular surgery, acute care surgery and other traditional general surgical blocks. Integrated into this, on an increasing basis, are rotations in both Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery.
The Integrated Six year program is equally divided into three year portions. This allows for an opportunity to elect academic enrichment period of one or two years, if the resident wishes.
During the second three year period, gradually increasing exposure and responsibility in adult cardiac, pediatric cardiac, and thoracic surgical areas is acquired. Throughout the training period a rigorous core curriculum along with didactic teaching and conference schedule is woven as an integral part of the training program.
During the final year it is expected that the resident will be able to assume major patient care and intraoperative responsibility in the full range of patients and procedures, including the latest techniques, therapies and devices. The resident will be eligible, upon successful completion, to take the examinations leading to certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
This program represents a unique experience to train in a major academic and clinical institution, and will position the graduate well for the future.
Applications for this program are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), and Columbia participates with the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).
For further information, contact Jennifer Quill, Residency Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 305-0423.
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The six-year Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program at Northwestern University accepts residents who have graduated from a U.S. or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), U.S. College of Osteopathic Medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or are ECFMG certified.
The program provides a basic surgical exposure with progressive concentration in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. Graduates will be eligible for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certification Exam. Training is also given in echocardiography and cardiac catheterization. Rotations are at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, and MacNeal Hospital (all sites are located in Chicago). Elective time for a concentration on thoracic, congenital, and adult cardiac is also incorporated.
The six-year Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program at Northwestern University is a participating member of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and accepts applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
Contact Michael Yensel, Education Coordinator, at email@example.com for more information.
The program is approved by the RRC in Thoracic Surgery to accept one candidate per year.
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The Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgical Training Program at Stanford is an innovative, integrated six-year curriculum divided into two parts with an optional two years of academic enrichment after completion of the initial curriculum:
The program will accept two candidates each year following medical school graduation.
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The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of California, Davis began its Thoracic Surgery Training Program in 1993. The program is designed to provide excellent training in cardiothoracic surgery. Trainees are selected each year through the Thoracic Surgery National Residency Matching Program. The American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) has certified all trainees that have completed the program.
The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery offers two training pathways for ABTS eligibility: 1) Independent 2-year Pathway and 2) Integrated 6-year Pathway. Both pathways participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Applications are being accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
The Independent 2-year Pathway is a two-year training program. Eligible applicants are those who are due to complete an ACGME accredited general surgery training program. During their training, the resident receives extensive training in general thoracic and cardiac surgery. The first year of the program is spent primarily in the area of general thoracic surgery with a substantial cardiac surgical experience as well. During the second year, the trainee focuses their experience in cardiac surgery and complex thoracic surgical cases.
The Integrated 6-year Pathway is a comprehensive six-year training program. Eligible applicants meet the following qualifications: 1) graduate of medical schools in the US and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME); 2) graduate of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the US accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Each rotation in the thoracic residency incorporates outpatient instruction and responsibility, where pre-, peri- and postoperative care is integrated at various levels. All general thoracic rotations and the majority of the adult cardiac rotations will occur during the first four post graduate years of the proposed 6-year integrated program. The thoracic resident will be involved in the majority of pre-operative assessment, evaluation and care and nearly all perioperative and post-operative care and management.
The faculty sets specific goals for the trainees, the most important being that the residents learn to make appropriate surgical judgments and develop technical skills that will enable them to provide superb cardiothoracic care for their patients upon completion of the program.
Education and research
The faculty of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is responsible for the training of the thoracic residents, and for the general surgical residents and medical students who rotate on the service. Both categorical and preliminary residents in general surgery rotate on the service. During their initial experience, they are familiarized with techniques in critical care, evaluation of the thoracic patient and basic surgical skills. All residents participate very actively in the outpatient and inpatient settings.
Exposure to all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery including general thoracic surgery, adult cardiac surgery, and pediatric cardiac surgery is provided to the Thoracic Surgical Resident. Experience obtained in each of these areas has traditionally far exceeded the requirements of the Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. In addition, there are multiple didactic programs each week covering the entire scope of the cardiothoracic curriculum. Each thoracic resident is encouraged to participate in one clinical research project per year. The Division maintains funds to support the presentation of this research material by the thoracic resident at regional and national meetings.
Members of the faculty in Cardiothoracic Surgery are actively involved in both clinical and basic research. The basic lab has had success with multiple presentations and publications in cardiothoracic journals and at national and regional meetings. Previous areas of investigation have included laboratory and clinical studies on myocardial protection, organ donor preservation and management, off pump coronary bypass surgery, esophageal surgery, and lung cancer. The Division is involved with the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group and the Southwest Oncology Group. Additionally, the Division extends its expertise internationally with collaborative programs in St. Petersburg, Russia, traveling to St. Petersburg at least once a year for the past twelve years.
The Cardiothoracic Surgery Programs at UC Davis encompass the operative and perioperative care as well as critical care of patients with pathological conditions within the chest. Included are the surgical care of coronary artery disease, congenital anomalies of the chest and heart and great vessels, traumatic injuries of the chest, neoplasms of the lung, esophagus, chest wall, mediastinum and deformities of the diaphragm. In addition to traditional operative procedures, minimally invasive and endovascular procedures are included in the residents’ training.
As described above, the program is balanced, offering the three disciplines of cardiothoracic surgery: general thoracic surgery, adult cardiac surgery, and pediatric cardiac surgery. Over 900 major cardiothoracic surgical procedures are performed each year. The intimate size of the program affords one-on-one interaction between residents and faculty. Advanced surgical technology is being offered to patients on a regular basis including ventricular assist devices, robotic adult cardiac surgery, thoracic endovascular aortic repair or TEVAR, VATS lobectomy and navigational bronchoscopy. In addition, UC Davis is a high volume center for complex esophageal disease, with a top Leapfrog Group rating for esophagectomy, the third highest esophagectomy volume in northern California, and the top volume in the Sacramento area.
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
J. Nilas Young, M.D., Professor and Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Director, Thoracic Residency Program
B. Zane Atkins, M.D., Assistant Professor
W. Doug Boyd, M.D., Professor
David T. Cooke, M.D., Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director
Elizabeth David, M.D., Assistant Professor
Mona Flores, M.D., Assistant Professor
Gary Raff, M.D., Associate Professor and Associate Program Director
Thoracic residency application instructions:
The Thoracic Surgery Residency Programs (Independent and Integrated) participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery grants interviews after an initial screening process. The Thoracic Surgery Training Program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). If you are applying for the Thoracic Surgery Residency, it is listed through ERAS under AAMC ID: 1046460F0 (Independent) and AAMC ID: 4610546105 (Integrated). For more information go to the NRMP Specialty Match at http://www.nrmp.org/fellow/match_name/thoracic/about.html.
Important Application Information: A requirement for acceptance into a residency program in the State of California is that an applicant is eligible for medical licensure. For the Independent Program the Medical Board of California requires that all residents (regardless of their specialty) be licensed prior to the start of the PG-III training year. If you have any questions as to whether or not your medical school curriculum meets the requirement for licensure in the State of California, please contact the Medical Board directly at (916) 263-2344.
Currently, the University of California Davis Medical Center does not require drug testing of its residents. However, certain required rotations in the residency program, outside the UC Davis Medical Center, do require drug testing.
Required application documents:
NRMP Thoracic Surgery Application Form
One page curriculum vitae
One page personal statement
Three (3) letters of recommendation
USMLE Scores, Step I, Step II and Step III (If applicable)
ABSITE Scores (If applicable)
Thoracic Surgery Residency Program Coordinator
UC Davis Medical Center
2221 Stockton Boulevard, Cypress Bldg., Suite 2112
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 734-3066 Fax
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The University of Cincinnati Colege of Medicine started its integrated residency program in July of 2014, accepting 1 resident per year. We provide intensive training in all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery and our goal is to develop, train and mentor the next leaders in our field.
During the first three years, in collaboration with the Department of Surgery, residents rotate through general surgery, surgical oncology, transplant surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, critical care, trauma surgery, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and congenital cardiac surgery. During the last three years, the program mirrors the traditional three-year program and residents are educated in all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery including adult cardiac surgery, general thoracic surgery and congenital cardiac surgery. Additionally, the trainess also gain experience with dedicated rotations in echocardiography, cardiothoracic anesthesia, and cardiothoracic critical care.
Residents rotate on adult cardiac surgery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the Good Samaritan Hospital, on general thoracic surgery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and on peditric cardiac surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Adult Cardiac Surgery
Residents rotate on the adult cardiac surgery service at both the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital. They gain expertise in all aspects of cardiac surgery, including coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, thoracic aortic disease and heart failure, including mechanical circulatory support and ECMO. The residents also gain a very unique experience with robotic cardiac surgery, including valve surgery and coronary artery bypass surgery. Two robotic cardiac surgeons perform over 100 robotic cases annually. With a dual console robot and dedicated robotic cardiac surgery laboratory facility, residents may become robotically certified. In addition, residents gain experience and training in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR).
General Thoracic Surgery
During the thoracic surgery rotation, residents are trained in all aspects of general thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology, including benign and malignant lung diseases, esophageal diseases, airway diseases, and mediastinal tumors. The general thoracic rotation has a focus on advanced minimally invasive techniques such as thorascopic lobectomies for lung cancer, minimally-invaseive esophagectomies, and robotic thoracic surgery. Residents are also trained in advanced airway and esophageal endoscopic procedures such as airway/esophageal stents, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and endoscopic radiofrequency ablation.
Congenital Heart Surgery
Residents rotate on the congenital cardiac surgery service at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. During this rotation, they are exposed to preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care of children with congenital cardiac disease, including ventricular assist devices and heart and lung transplantation. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has a high profile as a leader in the managment of cardiac problems in children including newborn corrective operations, management of complex single ventricle cardiac anomalies, and managment of infants and children with severe heart failure which includes expertise in cardiac transplantation and ventricular assist device utilization. In addition, in collaboration with the Aerodigestive Center at Cincinnati Children’s, the division has the world’s most extensive experience with complex tracheal reconstruction in infants and children. Cincinnati Children’s consistently ranks in the top 10 in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery as measured by U.S. News & World Report.
The thoracic residency has a structured educational program. A weekly cardiothoracic teaching conference covers all topics included in the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association core curriculum. In addition, we have a monthly journal club and morbidity and mortality conference. The residents also attend a weekly review of the Self-Education Self-Assessment in Thoracic Surgery (SESATS). Thoracic residents also participate in a number of animal and cadaver simulation laboratories throughout the year, with sessions for open and thorascopic lobectomy, chest wall resection, tracheal resection, sleeve lobectomy, coronary artery bypass and valve repair/replacement.
How to Apply
The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery participates through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) www.nrmp.org, and accepts applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) www.aamc.org. Applicants must register with BOTH the NRMP and ERAS.
Applications will be considered complete and be reviewed once all of the above components are received.
Sandra L. Starnes, MD, Program Director
Associate Professor of Surgery
Chief, Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Division of Thoracic Surgery
Andrea Anderson, C-TAGME
Phone; (513) 584-1387
The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Kentucky has operated a fellowship training program for over 40 years, and we are now pleased to offer the Integrated 6 Year Training Program to those who are motivated to pursue a career in the field of Cardiothoracic Surgery. ACGME accredited in 2012, the I-6 Program offers students the opportunity to enter CT Surgery Training immediately upon completion from medical school. This particular educational program will teach the specialty of cardiothoracic surgery in a comprehensive manner throughout the residency instead of beginning after 5 years of general surgery training.
The Integrated 6 Year Training Program allows the medical graduate to complete their training in cardiothoracic surgery in 6 years, rather than the traditional 7 or 8 The program at the University of Kentucky is divided into two introductory years and then culminates with an in-depth hands-on operative experience in adult cardiac and thoracic surgery and transplantation. The program has been specifically designed to offer the resident in-depth exposure to cardiac and thoracic care, as well as to those fields which are relevant to cardiothoracic surgery. During the first two years of training, time has been allotted so that the resident experiences rotations such as Endoscopy, Trauma, Cardiology, and Cardiac Imaging.
To apply to the Integrated 6 Year Training Program at the University of Kentucky, we ask that all applicants utilize the ERAS Database. All applicants must be a graduate from an LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) or an ECGMG accredited medical institution.
If you would like more information regarding the I-6 Program at UK, please contact Hannah Pagan, Residency Program Coordinator, or Dr. Timothy Mullett, Residency Program Director.
Overarching comprehensive curriculum is tightly focused and will prepare you to be a uniquely trained cardiovascular surgeon able to take advantage of the new opportunities in cardiovascular medicine. Objective of this novel training pathway is to provide you with total immersion into the diagnosis and management of all aspects of cardiovascular and thoracic diseases through multi-disciplinary training that better prepares you for new challenges.
For more information, contact Jaime Williams, Residency Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-328-5842. The University of Maryland-Baltimore will participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) when a NRMP number is assigned.
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The goal of this program is to provide residents with the tools necessary to become competent, safe and compassionate physicians who will be able to perform the independent practice of cardiac and/or general thoracic surgery. As the specialty of Thoracic Surgery has evolved, the University of Michigan Thoracic Surgery residency has developed to allow its graduates to obtain a well-rounded, balanced experience in all aspects of the specialty: adult and pediatric cardiovascular surgery and general thoracic surgery. The integrated program will expand on this philosophy. Essential to developing expertise in these areas, the graduating resident will demonstrate competence in the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative management of patients with thoracic and cardiovascular disease, including thorough recognition and understanding of longitudinal follow-up of these patients.
Our integrated residency (initiating July 2013 with 2 positions) is an imperative adaptation to dramatic changes that have occurred in cardiothoracic surgery. Its curriculum is designed to prepare the cardiothoracic resident with ever-expanding opportunities in our specialty that require enhanced collaboration and training with our colleagues in adult and pediatric interventional cardiology, chest imaging, interventional radiology, oncology, pulmonary medicine, and gastroenterology.
Regular conferences include monthly “Death and Complications Conference” during which selected cardiac and general thoracic surgical cases will be discussed. A weekly didactic
series, framed by the TSDA curriculum, also draws upon the expertise of our specialists, and is a mandatory conference for residents when they are rotating on cardiac or thoracic surgery. Multidisciplinary conferences for each of the specific services include Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Conference (General Thoracic Surgical Service), Cardiac Surgery-Cardiology Catheterization Conference (Adult Cardiac Surgical Service), and Congenital Heart Center-Pediatric Cardiovascular Service weekly teaching conference. The VA Cardiothoracic rotation also offers its own Cardiac Catheterization Conference, as well as a weekly Multidisciplinary Pulmonary Conference. In addition, residents will have the opportunity to develop or participate in ongoing longitudinal quality improvement initiatives as part of developing competency in practice-based learning and improvement and systems-based practice.
Our current program, initiated in and active since 1928, is considered a well-balanced, resident focused program and remains a top tier competitive program for residents who have completed at least four years of an ACGME-approved general surgery residency. The three major clinical specialties, adult cardiac, pediatric cardiovascular and general thoracic surgery, that comprise Thoracic Surgery have national and international recognition. With the implementation of a 6-year integrated program, residents will develop core surgical skills with a focus on aspects important to development of a cardiothoracic surgeon. Initiation of a 6-year integrated program in cardiac and thoracic surgery will constitute an incremental increase in the number of residents, from the current complement of 4 residents to ultimately 12 residents per year at various levels of a 6-year program, with two integrated residents graduating annually. Graduates completing the program will meet the operative case requirements for American Board of Thoracic Surgery certification in either the Cardiothoracic or the General ThoracicPathway, and will be able to demonstrate understanding concerning all phases of the field, including extracorporeal perfusion (physiological concepts, techniques, and complications), cardiac assist devices, endovascular techniques, management of dysrhythmias, thoracic oncology and techniques of minimal access surgery. Graduates will have experience in the care and management of pediatric cardiac patients. In addition graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in critical care of acutely ill patients. The incremental changes will be most evident at the junior resident levels (PGY 1-3) during core surgery rotations, as well as rotations on services including interventional radiology and internal medicine that are essential to developing a broad-based understanding of patients with thoracic and cardiovascular
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In 2010, the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will begin a new six-year integrated residency program, which residents will enter directly from medical school. The Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery, the national residency accrediting body, approved the program in July 2009. Students at North American medical schools may apply for the program through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
The curriculum includes rotations in vascular interventional radiology, endoscopy, cardiology, and endovascular surgery, and will provide residents with the background and experience using these new techniques in order to build a career as future “cardiothoracic specialists.” The program has been carefully designed to balance cardiovascular and thoracic care, and includes extensive exposure to fields relevant to thoracic surgery such as GI endoscopy, surgical oncology, and gastrointestinal (foregut) surgery. Completion of the program will lead to certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
The new program will replace UNC’s traditional three-year cardiothoracic surgery residency program and the general surgery residency that precedes it. UNC’s three-year program will be phased out as residents in the integrated six-year program fill the early years of the program.
All aspects of the new curriculum are based on proven models of education currently available at the University of North Carolina. The curriculum preserves the significant contribution of general surgery and vascular surgery training to the development of a well-rounded cardiothoracic surgeon.
The training program is designed to allow progressive resident responsibility at all levels, as the resident gains knowledge and technical ability. Emphasis is placed on academic knowledge and accomplishment as well as clinical expertise in patient care. Graded responsibility under appropriate attending supervision is delegated to residents based on demonstrated capability.
We believe that this tightly focused, comprehensive curriculum will produce better trained cardiothoracic surgeons and will be gratifying to the resident physicians who complete the program.
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The University of Pennsylvania Department of Surgery’s Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Training Program is an integrated six to eight year curriculum leading to certification in Cardiothoracic Surgery. The first two years include prerequisite clinical training in Surgery including rotations in General Surgery, Simulation, Cardiac ICU, Trauma, and Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery. Following this, there is an opportunity for two years of academic pursuits through either laboratory or clinical research opportunities or pursuit of a graduate degree in a related or ancillary field (e.g., M.P.H., M.B.A.). The final four clinical years focus on clinical training in Cardiothoracic Surgery including senior and chief rotations on vascular and endovascular surgery as well as additional training in cardiac imaging. In addition to offering a more rational, better focused, and more comprehensive training for future cardiothoracic surgeons in a more effective educational framework, this integrated curriculum will offer less onerous work weeks and a healthier lifestyle balance for residents. The program is approved by the RRC in Thoracic Surgery to accept one candidate each year following medical school graduation.
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The 6-year integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery (CT) Residency Program at UPMC, with residents entering directly from medical school, provides focused training in CT surgery as well as the fields closely allied with CT surgery for a concentrated, in-depth, interdisciplinary approach to cardiac and thoracic disease. 1-2 years of academic enrichment, either through laboratory or clinical research opportunities, or to pursue graduate degree in a related or ancillary field is optional. The integrated program includes both a cardiovascular surgery track and a general thoracic surgery track, both of which provide focused training for the resident. Upon completion of the integrated residency program residents are eligible to site for the America Board for Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) Certification.
The curriculum of the integrated pathway includes rotations in core surgical education, as well as specialties closely related to CT surgery, including rotations in general surgery, interventional cardiology, interventional radiology, vascular surgery, pediatric cardiology, heart failure, surgical oncology, pulmonology, anesthesia, as well as adult cardiac and general thoracic surgery which combine to provide focused, in-depth, and interdisciplinary exposure to CT surgery. The CT Surgery and General Surgery Program Directors work closely to provide the best educational and operative experience for the CT Integrated Residents. A more directly focused and comprehensive curriculum in CT surgery, in a shorter time frame provides the trainee, at an earlier stage in their training, with the specific skills they will utilize throughout their career in CT surgery. The Program faculty are strongly invested in providing a comprehensive academic and clinical training utilizing weekly academic conferences, progressive clinical responsibility in OR, outpatient setting, critical care and simulation while complying with the current ACGME work hour restrictions.
Residents will rotate primarily at the UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Shadyside and VA Pittsburgh sites, however rotations during the 6-year training may also include nearby participating sites: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh; UPMC Magee; UPMC Passavant; UPMC St. Margaret and UPMC McKeesport.
100% “INTEGRATED” into the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program:
Graduation from a U.S. or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), U.S. College of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); completed USMLE steps 1 and 2; graduates of a medical school outside of the US and Canada who has received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG); graduates of a medical school outside the US who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
Applications to the UPMC Integrated CT Surgery Residency Program are made during the fourth year of medical school and are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Interview dates are scheduled in December and January. Invitations for interviews will be sent following review of completed applications.
For more information contact Christine Carey, CT Surgery Residency Coordinator at email@example.com or 412.648-6359. The Department Chair and Program Director is James D. Luketich, MD and the Associate Program Director is Jonathan D’Cunha, MD PhD.
Visit our Department website at: http://www.upmc.com/healthcare-professionals/departments/cardiothoracic-surgery/residencies/pages/default.aspx and the UPMC Graduate Medical Education Program at: http://www.upmc.com/careersatupmc/GME/Pages/Default.aspx.
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The University of Rochester Six-Year Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program was approved to begin training in July 2011. The program is approved to accept one resident per year and currently has one first year, one second year and one third year resident.
The training program is designed to allow progressive resident responsibility at all levels, commensurate with knowledge and technical ability. Emphasis is placed on academic knowledge and accomplishment as well as clinical expertise in patient care. Graded responsibility under appropriate attending supervision is delegated to residents based on demonstrated capability in order to provide quality patient care.
The first three years of the curriculum are designed to provide broad training in both surgical and medical specialties, including intensive care unit care of post-op CT patients as well as a graduated level of surgical responsibility and patient complexity. The length of the rotations are designed to coincide with the general surgery training program but are assigned to maximize operative experience in general, vascular and CT surgery. A robust curriculum in simulation is utilized to maximize residents’ basic and advanced skill sets in cardiac and thoracic surgery to further accelerate their ability to achieve mastery of techniques to optimize intraoperative performances. The last three years of training are devoted to the surgical, percutaneous, and minimally invasive treatment of acquired and congenital cardiac disease, thoracic and esophageal disease. The assigned services provide 2000 cases for the residents in all areas of their index case requirements. The rotations are designed so that the residents rotate through cardiac and thoracic surgery each year with progressive responsibility at the senior and finally, chief resident level. In addition, there is a three-month block in the PGY-5 year for the resident to focus on an area of his or her choosing for addition training in either adult cardiac, congenital cardiac or thoracic/esophageal surgery. The resident will have exposure to heart transplantation and utilization of ventricular assist devices during this time period as well.
“Simulation Course in Cardiac Surgery”
Through the Grateful Donors Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center we have recently purchased a computerized high-fidelity Ramphal pig heart simulator and developed a “Simulation Course in Cardiac Surgery”. The course is to enhance skills for CT residents, general surgery residents and NPs involved in CT critical care. These skill sets are essential for the everyday performance of cardiac surgery and the care of post op patients and simulation represents the most important change in traditional curricula which allows residents and NPS to develop and master new skills outside the pressured environment of the OR or ICU. CT surgery is developing a national approach to utilize simulation in an organized fashion for resident education.
The six-year integrated program at the Medical University of South Carolina is one of the first three cardiothoracic surgery integrated programs in the country. The program in which a resident is matched out of medical school at the PGY1 level was developed by the MUSC faculty in 2007 and was approved by the Thoracic Surgery Residency Review Committee in July 2008. The first integrated program residents at MUSC began their training in July, 2009, and the program will be fully implemented with integrated residents at each level (PGY1-6) in July, 2013. The program was given an unprecedented five-year accreditation by the ACGME in January 2012 after its August 2011 site visit.
Residents for the integrated program apply in their fourth year of medical school, similar to standard applications for other residency programs. Upon completion of an integrated residency, residents are eligible to sit for ABTS certification. One position is matched each year.
The six-year Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program at The University of Southern California provides a well-balanced curricula designed to train future innovators and leaders in Cardiothoracic surgery. The nationally recognized Departments of Surgery and the CardioVascular Thoracic Institute, both under the direction of pioneer, Dr. Vaughn A. Starnes, have combined resources to ensure residents receive important early essential skills training and ultimately progress to become highly competent cardiothoracic surgeons. In addition to cardiac and thoracic surgery, the early curriculum includes rotations in acute care surgery, intensive care, cardiovascular anesthesia/perfusion, imaging, cardiology and vascular surgery. Senior residents will become proficient in all aspects of complex cardiac and thoracic diseases including transplantation assist devices, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, as well as complex endovascular therapies. The educational program includes a highly structured didactic core curriculum, weekly educational conferences and frequent participation in our renowned simulation training program.
How to apply: The I-6 program at The University of Southern California is currently accepting applications for two residents per year and accepts application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
For more information, contact Mitzi Clendening, Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Coordinator, at 323-442-7824 or Mitzi.Clendening@med.usc.edu. The program director of the Cardiothoracic Residency Program is Dr. Craig J. Baker, MD (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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The faculty of UTHSCSA’s Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery welcomes your interest in the six-year Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery program. The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UTHSCSA began training our first integrated resident in 2009 and is one of the more mature integrated programs in the country. The course of study is specifically designed to efficiently provide the very best training through an integrated, multidisciplinary, competency-based approach.
The integrated curriculum is divided into two distinct phases of training: Foundations and Thoracic Surgery. The Foundations curriculum includes rotations in cardiothoracic surgery, general surgery, vascular surgery, transplant, pediatric surgery, trauma and emergency surgery, cardiology, pulmonary, radiology, and simulation training. The Thoracic Surgery curriculum consists of graduated rotations in adult and congenital cardiothoracic surgery. Graduates are eligible for certification by The American Board of Thoracic Surgery and fully competent in all areas of cardiothoracic surgery.
The integrated program is led by John H. Calhoon, MD, Chair and Program Director and Associate Program Directors A.J. Carpenter, MD, PhD, Jay Pal, MD, PhD, and Adil Husain, MD. Our faculty chose the cardiothoracic surgery career path because it offers unique rewards. Our entire team is committed to providing an environment that provides a good work/life balance. As we continue to practice this rigorous and challenging medical specialty daily, we are mindful projections suggest a looming shortage of CT Surgeons. While we cannot predict the exact landscape of CT surgery, it seems clear our skill set will remain in demand.
We are therefore pleased to be one of the early residency programs approved to offer to interested and focused graduates an integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery curriculum. This program offers substantial benefits for the motivated medical school graduate to learn, master, and then perform the delicate and crucial art of cardiac and thoracic surgery and other essential operative procedures. It also affords the opportunity of supervised, yet hands-on cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery experience in the third year or even sooner.
The Division of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Virginia is nationally recognized as a top level academic training program for thoracic surgery. The thoracic surgery program has been training physicians in Thoracic Surgery since 1955 when W. Harry Muller Jr. MD established the program. Since 1992, Irving L. Kron MD and the distinguished Division faculty have continued to provide the dedicated commitment to excellence in preparing physicians in clinical thoracic surgery, teaching, and research.
The six-year integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency program at the University of Virginia, approved in January 2011, is designed for residents entering directly from medical school for training in cardiothoracic surgery. Upon completion of the six-year program, residents will be eligible for certification by The American Board of Thoracic Surgery. There is one (1) position each year designated for the I-6 program.
The integrated curriculum includes rotations in general surgery, cardiac ICU, trauma, cardiology and interventional cardiology, simulation training along with graduated rotations in cardiac, thoracic, and vascular surgery. The residency program will run concurrently with the nationally recognized and established thoracic surgery fellowship program.
Residency applicants will be considered based on their individual ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and their motivation and preparedness for education in cardiothoracic surgery.
Graduates of a US or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME) or otherwise be qualified as specified below:
Integrated Thoracic Surgery (I-6) Application Process and Schedule:
Applicants will be required to provide a completed application, two letters of recommendation, medical school transcript and Dean’s letter, a personal statement, and USMLE transcript. No application will be reviewed until complete.
The program will interview a percentage of the total number of candidates who apply after faculty screening of applications.
For additional information or questions, please contact the Residency Coordinator.
Christine C. Morrison, RN, MSN
Thoracic Surgery Residency Coordinator
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The University of Washington now offers a six-year integrated residency program that residents will enter directly from medical school. The program has been carefully designed to balance cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, and includes extensive exposure to fields relevant to cardiac and thoracic surgery such as GI endoscopy, surgical oncology, cardiac catheterization, echocardiograph, and gastrointestinal (foregut) surgery. Completion of the program will lead to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS). Emphasis is placed on academic knowledge and accomplishment as well as clinical expertise in patient care.
Eligible applicants will be considered based on their individual preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.
Applicants must be a graduate of a U.S. or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or otherwise be qualified as specified as follows:
International Medical Graduates: If you are not a citizen of the U.S. and do not hold Permanent Resident status, you will need to secure a visa prior to commencement of training.
Please refer to the ECFMG website for detailed information on registering for the USMLEs, ECFMG Certification, and the J-1 visa sponsorship process.
How to Apply: The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Washington is a participating member of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and accepts applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Canadian applicants should contact the Canadian Residents Matching Service. NRMP program code: 1918461C0.
More Information: For more information, contact Delloney Wallyce, Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Coordinator, at 206-685-8644 or email@example.com. The director of the Cardiothoracic Residency program at UW is Division Chief Douglas Wood, MD.
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The Yale University School of Medicine offers a six year integrated cardiothoracic surgical training program. This new innovative program represents a streamlined curriculum focused upon preparing its trainees to develop a successful career in academic cardiothoracic surgery, but derives its foundation on a rich history of traditional cardiothoracic surgical training.
The Yale integrated program curriculum is flexible, offering pathways of emphasis in either cardiac or general thoracic surgery leading to certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS). During the first four years of the program (PGY1 through PGY4), the cardiac pathway includes emphasis on vascular and endovascular surgery as well as cardiac cathetertization, echocardiography, and cardiac electrophysiology; similarly, the general thoracic pathway includes emphasis on surgical oncology, interventional radiology, and foregut/esophageal physiology.
The last two years of the program (PGY 5 and PGY6) consist of intensive operative experiences in both cardiac and general thoracic surgery, individualized according to the residents’ clinical interests, yet comfortably achieving ABTS case requirements for certification. At this stage, residents will also assume administrative responsibilities to derive experience in managing their respective clinical services and organizing the educational curriculum.
Yale will offer two integrated cardiothoracic surgical resident positions each year. Training commences after medical school graduation, with the first trainees anticipated to begin in July, 2014.
For more information, please contact Suzanne Giannotti, Program Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 203-785-6258.
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