The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery provides you with the skills and knowledge to begin a career as a cardiothoracic surgeon.
The training program focuses on flexibility by exposing you to a wide spectrum of patients and procedures over 3 years. During your rotations on the UW Cardiac, VA Cardiac, UW Thoracic and AFCH congenital services, you will participate in the care of patients encompassing the entire spectrum of cardiothoracic disease. We perform 1,000 Cardiac and 650 major thoracic operations/year along with approximately 45 heart and 40 lung transplants/year. We are also a busy ECMO center, with approximately 60 runs/year, that is managed by the thoracic surgery service. We seek highly motivated individuals dedicated to learning the craft of cardiothoracic surgery.
During your rotations you will be involved in all phases of care with priority given to operative experiences and acute inpatient care. As you accrue time and experience in the training program graduated responsibility will be given in each phase of care. The core surgical experiences are complemented by dedicated time on collaborative services including interventional pulmonology and echocardiography. The third year is the culmination of your experience during which you will be able to dedicate a bulk of rotation time according to your personal interests, be they in cardiac, thoracic or congenital surgery.
The UW and VA Hospitals provide excellent support for clinical care. All cardiothoracic services have dedicated advanced practice providers (APP) who assist with excellent, consistent patient care and follow-up. This APP infrastructure serves as an educational resource for new fellows learning, and also allows trainees to focus on their personal educational objectives without being hindered by competing service obligations. Additionally, the cardiothoracic ICU at the University Hospital is staffed by a 24/7 dedicated critical care team.
The University Hospital and Clinics complex hosts’ world class research capabilities with opportunities available as your bandwidth may allow. All fellows participate in a quality improvement project with the intention for possible publication, and all are encouraged to contribute to active research projects directed towards submission to relevant meeting including STS, AATS, and ISHLT.
The three-year Cardiothoracic Surgery program accepts one applicant per year. The prerequisite for this program is a five-year general surgery residency and board eligibility. Residents may apply for the residency through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) and will participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).