Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency

The residency in cardiothoracic surgery is a stimulating and dynamic two-year program. Distinguished Rush University faculty will comprehensively train you to provide the highest-quality cardiac and general thoracic surgery care. Rush University Medical Center’s high volume of cardiac, general thoracic, and major vascular referrals and patients provides a rigorous and diverse experience. Many of our graduates advance to excellent practice opportunities and secure prestigious fellowship training positions at world-class institutions.

In 2013, we received a three-year accreditation from the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and we are committed to setting the highest standard in all areas, including resident duty hours, competency assessments, and career counseling and mentoring.

In our program, you will build understanding and competence in the following:

  • Anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of adult cardiovascular, respiratory and upper gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Diagnosis, treatment and management of congenital surgical diseases
  • Basic procedures, such as ASD and VSD repair, PDA ligation, and complete repair of Tetrology of Fallot
  • Insertion of mechanical circulatory support devices and postoperative device management
  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including complex endoscopic, laparoscopic, VATS and robotic approaches, as well as open thoracic surgery
  • Interpretation and management of hemodynamic parameters, mechanical respiration and potential complication
  • Clear, compassionate communication with families and patients and building effective working relationships with fellow health care professionals in a multidisciplinary environment.

Our program also strongly emphasizes an evidence-based understanding of thoracic oncology and includes weekly multi-disciplinary chest and gastrointestinal tumor board meetings.

How to apply

Each year, we appoint two residents on July 1. Our program trains four residents at any given time.

To be considered, you must have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited general surgical residency and be eligible for examination by the American Board of Surgery. You may then apply for examination by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.