Penn Surgery

Thoracic Surgery Training Program

Goals and Objectives

The overall goal of the residency program is to assure that, upon completion of the full program, the resident will have had all of the clinical educational experience needed to prepare him/her for successful completion of the certification process (American Board of Thoracic Surgery), will have the clinical exposure needed to obtain competence in cardiothoracic surgery, and will lay the foundation for safe and compassionate patient care and for a lifetime of self-education and improvement in their chosen field. The educational goals and assignments we follow are those outlined in the Comprehensive Thoracic Surgery Curriculum published by the Thoracic Surgery Directors Associations (TSDA) in 1994. The three basic rotations for residents include: adult cardiac, pediatric cardiothoracic, and general thoracic surgery. Each is designed to complete the goals outlined by the TSDA, and, as a general rule, the Comprehensive Curriculum is used as a guideline by the faculty to ensure completeness in the resident’s experience at the completion of each of these rotations. Although there are two identifiable tracks in the program, general thoracic track and cardiac track, all residents rotate through all subspecialties with the same responsibilities and educational goals regardless of their designated track, the only difference being the length of time spent in each rotation.

Specific Goals and Objectives for each rotation based on the level of training are as follows: