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Cardiothoracic Residency Program Overview

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Program Overview

The Cardiothoracic Residency Program offers 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 advanced surgical therapies for heart and lung failure including mechanical circulatory support devices, ECMO and transplantation. This is also the year for 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 and thoracic surgery have been directed by leaders in the field starting with Dr. Alfred Blalock. The Divisions strive 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.

Program Objectives

During the course of the residency, you will be expected to complete these objectives:

  • During your residency, you should complete the main objectives for each year:

    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)
  • Main objectives during your first year include:

    • Patient care
    • Operative experience
    • In-house call (1/6)
    • Perioperative decision making
    • Consultative experience
  • Main objectives during your second year include:

    • Patient care
    • Operative experience
    • In-house call (1/6)
    • Perioperative decision making
    • Transplant responsibility
    • Consultative experience
  • Main objectives during your third year include:

    • Overall charge of service
    • Heavy operative experience
    • In-house call (1/6)
    • Transplant responsibility


Our program provides a multidisciplinary approach to education and research. Learn more about the different educational aspects of the Johns Hopkins Cardiothoracic Residency Program:

  • Wednesday General Thoracic Surgery Conferences

    • 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.   Teaching conference
    • 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.   Thoracic Surgery Multidisciplinary Tumor Board 
    • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thoracic Malignancy Multidisciplinary Clinic at Bayview (Bayview Faculty)

    Thursday Cardiac Surgery Conferences

    • 7:05 a.m.– 7:15a.m. Cardiac Surgery Service Meeting (APN’s, Fellows and Surgical ICU Attendings)
      • OR/CVSICU/CVPCU Teams-Review of patients           
    • 7:15 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. Pre-op presentation and discussion of next day operative cases
    • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Curricular talks/Visiting Professor Lectureship, Surgery Grand Rounds and Cardiac Surgery M&M Conference
    • 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Thoracic Surgery Teaching Conference
    • 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Cardiac Surgery Teaching Conference

    Friday 7 a.m. Pediatric Cardiac Conference

    Additional Conferences

    • Monthly Pediatric Cardiac M&M Conference

    BiWeekly Program Director Conference

    • Blalock Visiting Professor - Cardiac Surgery
    • Evelyn Grollman-Glick Lectureship Visiting Professor - General Thoracic Surgery
    • Susan and Milton Miller Lecture – Cardiac and Vascular Surgery
    • Lynn Van Praag Lectures Series
    • Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Guest Lecture Series
    • Quarterly – Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Orals
    • Basic laboratory research performed by general surgery residents
    • Clinical reviews
    • Program/Associate Program Director
    • Faculty Mentorship Program
  • Year 1

    • 2 weeks for vacation
    • Optional prep course for ABS board examination

    Year 2 

    • 2 weeks for vacation
    • 1 national meeting

    Year 3

    • 2 weeks for vacation/employment search
    • 1 national meeting

Download the Johns Hopkins Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Booklet

Download the PDF to learn more information about the program and faculty.

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