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I would like to welcome you to the Rush University Medical Center and the Department of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery residency program.

Rush has a longstanding history of excellence in resident training and innovation in both cardiac and general thoracic surgery. Currently we accept two board-eligible positions in our two-year training program. We now have a thoracic track which allows for the training of up to two residents per year in general thoracic surgery. The thoracic surgery practice at Rush is the busiest clinical practice in thoracic surgery in Chicago, and performs the most minimally invasive resections (VATS lobectomies, VATS wedge, etc.) in the Midwest. Six out of the past eight residents finishing our program have gone on to careers focused in general thoracic surgery.

The cardiac exposure is varied and robust, allowing for a well-rounded experience. At Rush, the service is combined with adult and pediatric patients, giving a broad experience to complex adult cardiac surgeries and over 150 open heart pediatric and congenital cases per year.

A jewel in the crown of our program is the Stroger Cook County Hospital. Adult cardiac and thoracic cases are staffed by dedicated attending surgeons who precept the residents performing the vast majority of the cases. The varied pathology and nurturing environment provide an invaluable experience that rounds out the two-year program.

On paper it is difficult to choose/compare training programs. An intangible asset of our program at Rush is the deep commitment of our faculty to teaching and our small family-like culture. From the moment a resident matches at Rush, we are committed to their success in our field, both academically and personally. Our revamped didactic program thoroughly prepares our residents for both the oral and written board exams. Our new simulation labs have been successful in providing a base to work off while increasing responsibilities and roles in the OR.

In a word, we are focused on resident education and committed to the training of future generations of cardiothoracic surgeons. I hope we can introduce you to this exciting clinical program, and encourage you to apply for residency positions in July 2012.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Liptay, MD, FACS
Residency Program Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery
Vice Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery / Thoracic Surgery
Rush University Medical Center



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