Thoracic Surgery Integrated Program

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Thoracic Surgery Integrated Residency Program

The field of Thoracic Surgery has changed dramatically over the last several years, including the introduction of new technologies such as endovascular interventions, percutaneous valves, minimally invasive surgery with and without robot assistance and modalities for advanced heart failure.  With an aging population and an anticipated shrinking work force there will be an increased demand for well trained and specialized cardiothoracic surgeons in the near future.  The goal of the integrated training program is to produce outstanding cardiothoracic surgeons by combining an intensive experience in cardiac and thoracic surgery with carefully selected experiences in general surgery, as well as related disciplines such as interventional pulmonology, interventional and diagnostic cardiology, and medical oncology to name a few.  This change provides the opportunity to address the continued evolution of care in the treatment of increasingly complex cardiothoracic disease by modifying the traditional course of cardiothoracic surgical education.  The curriculum preserves the significant contribution of general surgery and vascular surgery training to the development of a well-rounded, clinically competent to cardiothoracic surgeon.

Our division of cardiothoracic surgery will aim to have one position per year in the integrated program and maintain the traditional program (two years of training after general surgery residency).  The current two positions per year in the traditional program will reduce to one position per year when the most senior integrated positions have been filled (last two years of training).  Once both programs are at their full complement of positions, there will be eight to integrated trainees and two traditional trainees (10 FTE).