The trainee will be afforded broad exposure to all aspects of adult and congenital cardiac surgery.
You will meet your Program Director and mentor to devise a training schedule commensurate with your level of training, as well as mutually agreed upon goals and objectives.
A detailed and comprehensive didactic curriculum is offered for fellows in our training program.
Fellows are encouraged to participate in clinical research projects. These are usually retrospective studies of particular topics and there are many facilities (libraries, computers, statistics and audiovisual aids) available to assist in these clinical projects. As a result of these studies, it is anticipated that individuals will generate results and information suitable for publication in a major cardiothoracic journal as well as at a cardiothoracic society conference.
The fellow is expected to participate in hospital call during this fellowship. This includes intensive care unit call on both weekdays and weekends, in-hospital call on operative days and out-of-hospital call on weekends. Frequently it is one call every five to six days.
Formal seminars on thoracic and cardiovascular surgical problems are scheduled several times each week. Fellows are also encouraged to attend seminars and lectures in general surgery and allied medical fields.
To ensure you gain proficiency and develop the corresponding technical skills, your performance is monitored throughout this program. You are formally evaluated by your supervising faculty member following the completion of each clinical rotation. The program director reviews these evaluations and assigns a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure your educational goals are being met.