The goal of the two-year residency program in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital is to train surgical specialists who will be qualified to practice this specialty and, particularly, who will have the opportunity and ability to become academicians. We expect all trainees to finish the residency with a broad basic understanding of cardiovascular and thoracic physiology and disease, and with technical expertise in this specialty. To give the widest possible experience to residents, the Cardiothoracic Surgical Service at the West Haven Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Thoracic Surgical Service at the Hospital of St. Raphael are incorporated with the Surgical Services at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
One first year cardiothoracic resident spends six months the first year on the Thoracic Surgical Service, participating in the operations performed on the service and carrying out operative procedures commensurate with training. The other cardiothoracic first year resident rotates for six months at the West Haven Veterans Administration Hospital. Five Physician’s Assistants and two Nurse Practitioners add greatly to the quality of care on the wards, CTICU, and in the operating room.
The second year experience is organized into one six-month rotation at the Yale-New Haven Hospital on adult cardiac surgery; one four-month rotation on pediatric cardiac surgery; and a two-month rotation during that block for either thoracic and/or adult cardiac surgery. This two-month rotation will allow the Chief Resident to get additional exposure to the pathway of their choice. Senior residents are appointed as Instructors on the faculty and play a vital role with the faculty in the instruction of Yale medical students and surgical residents on the patient care divisions of the teaching hospitals. They also enjoy certain faculty privileges accompanying this rank. A broad and balanced experience in cardiac and general thoracic surgery is assured.