Integrated Six-Year Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency Program

The Yale School of Medicine offers a six-year integrated cardiothoracic surgical training program. This innovative program is centered upon a streamlined curriculum focused upon preparing its trainees to develop successful careers in academic cardiothoracic surgery, deriving its foundation from a rich history of traditional cardiothoracic surgical training. 

The Yale integrated program curriculum is flexible, offering pathways of emphasis in either cardiac or general thoracic surgery, leading to certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS). During the first four years of the program (PGY1 through PGY4), the cardiac pathway includes emphasis on vascular and endovascular surgery as well as cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, and cardiac electrophysiology; similarly, the general thoracic pathway includes emphasis on surgical oncology, interventional radiology, and foregut/esophageal physiology.

The last two years of the program (PGY5 and PGY6) 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 from 1-3 years after PGY2 or PGY3. Projects will be tailored to the trainee’s individual research interests in the fields of basic science research or clinical outcome research. Advanced degrees can be obtained through the Yale Investigative Medicine Program.