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Integrated Six-Year Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency

The Yale School of Medicine offers an ACGME-accredited integrated six-year cardiothoracic surgery residency program. This program is designed to train future leaders in academic cardiothoracic surgery. We offer the structure and supportive environment that foster comprehensive, personalized training for clinical and technical expertise, academic excellence, and leadership. Graduates will become competent, independent cardiothoracic surgeons prepared for clinical and academic success and certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgeons (ABTS). We seek diversity in gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic background.

Clinical Curriculum

Our curriculum is flexible, offering pathways designed to emphasize either cardiac or general thoracic surgery, with both leading to ABTS board certification (pathway does not need to be declared prior to beginning the program). For the cardiac pathway, additional dedicated experiences in cardiac catheterization, transcatheter valvular procedures, and vascular surgery are emphasized. Similarly, the general thoracic pathway includes added experience in interventional pulmonology and radiology, medical and radiation oncology, esophageal/foregut physiology testing, and others.

The last two years of the program consist of intense 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 busy clinical services and organizing the educational curriculum for their peers.

Our program allows dedicated research opportunities of 1-3 years after the PGY3 year. Projects will be tailored to the trainee’s individual research interests such as basic science research or clinical outcomes research. Advanced degrees are encouraged and can also be obtained through the Yale Investigative Medicine Program, Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of Medicine, or Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.