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Program Description

Program Description

The University of Michigan Thoracic Surgery Residency Program is regarded as one of the finest in the nation. The goal of the Program is to graduate surgeons who are competent and safe for the independent practice of cardiothoracic surgery. Since its inception, the University of Michigan Thoracic Surgery Residency has emphasized balance in exposure to all aspects of this specialty - adult and pediatric cardiac surgery and general thoracic surgery, with education provided during a two-year ACGME-approved subspecialty residency.

Since July 2006, the University of Michigan has offered "tracking" for its 2-year residency, aka the Fellowship, with focus on either general thoracic surgery or cardiothoracic surgery, in parallel with the ABTS pathways in General Thoracic or Cardiothoracic Surgery, which were initiated in July 2007. While there is usually balance of one resident in each track, the Program is able to have its two residents/year both track in the same track: Cardiothoracic or General Thoracic. We strive to place emphasis on General Thoracic or Cardiothoracic Surgery as appropriate during the second year of fellowship. Rotations are completed at the University Hospital Cardiovascular Center, CS Mott Children's Hospital and the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical Center (VISN 11).

It has always been the goal of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program at the University of Michigan to produce outstanding, well-rounded and academically-inclined thoracic surgeons. As such, the complement of residents was reduced from a program of 3 residents to 2 residents annually, typically tracking one each in either General Thoracic Cardiothoracic Surgery. This decision was made after considerable deliberation, entirely on the basis of what was felt to be optimal for resident education. Below is a sample rotation schedule.

  Year 1 Year 2
  Adult Cardiac General Thoracic Congenital Adult Cardiac General Thoracic Congenital/Adult Cardiac


6 months 3 months 2 months 7 months 3 months 2 months

General Thoracic

8 months 3 months 1 months 4 months 8 months -

In addition to the operative experience, during the first year of fellowship, three weeks are committed to the "Core Curriculum." During Core Curriculum rotations, each fellow is freed from clinical responsibilities on his/her thoracic surgery rotation to spend several days with faculty from other departments and division gaining exposure to the ancillary fields which impact so greatly upon the specialty of cardiothoracic surgery:

Thoracic Surgery Core Curriculum

(Offered During First Year of Training)

Subject Time/week(s)
Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization & Electrophysiology Laboratory 1
Adult Echocardiography, Cardiac Catheterization & Electrophysiology Laboratory 1
Pathology, Pulmonary Function Laboratory, Thoracic Imaging 1
Total Total