Thoracic Surgery Residency

Curriculum

The Thoracic Surgery Residency Program emphasizes increasing resident responsibility for patient care, decision-making, and teaching through the three-year period.

First Year

During the first year, residents spend three months on the cardiothoracic surgery service at each of the following institutions: Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Texas Children's Hospital, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

This provides a broad diversity of experience that includes adult thoracic and cardiac surgery at the Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center; pediatric surgery at the nationally and internationally known pediatric surgical service at Texas Children's Hospital; experience on a thoracic oncology service at a world-respected oncology hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center; and a large general thoracic and cardiac surgical experience at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, one of the largest Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in the United States.

At the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the first-year thoracic resident works with a second-year resident to run a busy service that includes general thoracic and adult cardiac responsibilities and handles more than 500 cases annually. At Texas Children's Hospital, the resident participates in an equally active pediatric cardiovascular service that does more than 900 cases each year. Similarly, the resident participates in a thoracic oncology service at MD Anderson Cancer Center that undertakes more than 1,000 cases per year and in an adult cardiac and general thoracic service at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center that undertakes more than 2,500 cases per year.

Second Year

During the second year, residents are assigned to three-month rotations at Ben Taub Hospital and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and six months at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center. The resident at the Ben Taub Hospital is the only thoracic resident covering a large thoracic trauma, general thoracic, and adult cardiac service, with more than 500 cases per year.

Third Year

The residents in their third year return to Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center where they serve as chief residents.

The following list shows the breakdown of time spent at affiliate locations.

  • First Year (PGY-6): 3 months, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • First Year (PGY-6): 3 months, Texas Children's Hospital
  • First Year (PGY-6): 3 months, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • First Year (PGY-6): 3 months, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
  • Second Year (PGY-7): 3 months, Ben Taub Hospital
  • Second Year (PGY-7): 6 months, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
  • Second Year (PGY-7): 3 months, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Third Year (PGY-8): 12 months, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center