Overall Objective: Understand the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the disease processes outlined in the TSDA Curriculum Section I (Chest Wall), Section II (Lungs and Pleura), Section III (Trachea and Bronchi), Section IV (Mediastinum and Pericardium), Section V (Diaphragm), Section VI (Esophagus), Section IX (Thoracic Trauma), Section X (Transplantation), and Section XII (Minor Procedures). Develop clinical skills to diagnose and determine the most appropriate treatment plan for patients with these specific disease processes. Develop clinical / technical skills for intraoperative treatment, specifically to include lung resection, esophageal resection / reconstruction, and lung transplantation. Develop patient care skills for intensive care, elective postoperative care, and outpatient follow-up of patients undergoing general thoracic surgical procedures.
Specific Clinical Skills during first six months (all residents):