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The Divisions of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery offer a three-year training program following completion of a surgical residency. The first year as a junior cardiac surgery fellow is divided between adult cardiac, congenital cardiac and thoracic surgery. The second year rotations encompass thoracic and adult cardiac surgery which includes six months of VAD, ECMO, Transplant, and Transcatheter device (VETT) service. There are also opportunities for elective rotations based on resident interests. The third year of the residency is spent as a chief resident in adult cardiac surgery. Residents with a strong interest in thoracic surgery will have an opportunity to spend time on the thoracic service in the third year.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has a long history of training academic surgeons, both in general and cardiothoracic surgery.  Hopkins cardiac surgery has been directed by leaders in the field, including Alfred Blalock, Vincent Gott, Bruce Reitz, William Baumgartner, Duke Cameron, and now Jennifer Lawton. The Division strives to maintain this heritage by fostering clinical expertise, scientific inquiry, and intellectual development, the essence of an academic surgeon. To accomplish this goal, the training program in cardiothoracic surgery provides a wealth of clinical and operative experience in a collegial atmosphere, a diverse house staff and faculty interested in teaching, and a wide variety of clinical and basic research experiences.
 

Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program

3 Year program
 

Year 1: Congenital Cardiac Surgery (3 months)

  • Thoracic Surgery (3 months)
  • Adult Cardiac Surgery (6 months)

Year 2: VETT: VAD/ECMO/Transplant/TAVR (6 months)

  • Thoracic surgery chief resident (6 months)

 Year 3: Adult cardiac surgery chief resident (12 months)

• Progressive increase in responsibility

• Progressive increase in operative experience as primary surgeon

• Opportunities for clinical research

• Opportunities for elective clinical experience
 

Year 1 - Cardiothoracic (Adult Cardiac/Thoracic/Congenital Cardiac)

  • Patient care
  • Operative experience
  • In-house call (1/4)
  • Perioperative decision making
  • Consultative experience

Year 2 - General Thoracic Chief

  • Patient care
  • Operative experience
  • In-house call (1/4)
  • Perioperative decision making
  • Consultative experience

Cardiothoracic (VETT: VAD/ECMO/Transplant/TAVR)

  • Patient Care
  • Operative experience
  • In-house call (1/4)
  • Perioperative decision making
  • Consultative experience

Year 3 - Cardiothoracic (Adult Cardiac Surgery Chief Resident)

  • Overall charge of service
  • Substantial operative experience
  • No regular In-house call
  • Transplant responsibility