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Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery Residency Training Program

The University of Michigan Thoracic Surgery residency is a two-year program which offers comprehensive education in all aspects of adult and pediatric cardiac surgery as well as general thoracic (pulmonary and esophageal) surgery. Included in the first year of the program is a 3 week core curriculum experience with faculty from related disciplines in a number of ancillary areas important to this specialty (e.g., principles of cardiopulmonary perfusion, echocardiography, interpretation of pulmonary and esophageal function tests, electrocardiograms, etc.). An optional third or fellowship year is available for those residents interested in additional subspecialty training in pediatric cardiac, general thoracic, and heart failure surgery. During their clinical training, the residents become proficient in thoracic endoscopic procedures, including both rigid and flexible bronchoscopy and esophagoscopy. They are actively involved with the heart and lung transplantation program and learn the principles of operation of the pump-oxygenator for cardiopulmonary bypass.

At weekly interdisciplinary conferences, familiarity is gained with the theories, interpretation, and techniques used in the cardiac catheterization and pulmonary function laboratories. These regular meetings include multidisciplinary conferences in adult and pediatric cardiac surgery, thoracic oncology, as well as death and complications. In addition, the didactic lecture series covers a wide range of topics in all areas of cardiac and general thoracic surgery, including basic research.

Resident rotations are divided among four specialty services: adult cardiac, adult general thoracic, pediatric cardiovascular, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center. There is a close working relationship between the faculty in cardiac and general thoracic surgery with the resident staff which ensures quality patient care and supervision while at the same time providing graduated resident responsibility in pre, intra, and postoperative management. Active research laboratories in the Sections of General Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery offer the residents an opportunity to participate in basic research in cardiac physiology, myocardial preservation, heart and heart-lung transplantation, thoracic tumor biology, or to pursue independent areas of research interest.

All candidates are required to have successfully graduated from an accredited medical school and to have completed a full residency in General Surgery approved by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Two residents are accepted each year into the training program after completion of a formal application and interview process. Resident selection is made one year before the candidate enters the training program through the National Resident Matching Program for Thoracic Surgery.

All applicants for Thoracic Surgery Residency are required to apply through ERAS. The website for ERAS can be found at https://www.aamc.org/services/eras/. If you have questions regarding our application process, you may contact Ms. Janice Davis in our Surgery Education Office (phone 734-936-5733 or e-mail janiced@med.umich.edu)

For detailed program information please go to the Thoracic Surgery website.