Thoracic Traditional Surgery Fellowship
Christian Probst at TSDA Boot Camp 2017
The University of Rochester Traditional Thoracic Surgery Fellowship is a fully accredited ACGME two year program dedicated to developing capable, autonomous thoracic surgeons to be leaders in their fields.
This traditional (independent) fellowship in thoracic surgery has a longstanding history of ACGME accreditation. Dr. George L. Hicks has been the program director since 1991 and serves in this role for both the traditional fellowship and integrated residency at the University of Rochester. The program has approval for both the 5+2 and 4+3 tracks.
The program is based entirely at the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital with rotations on thoracic/foregut surgery, adult cardiac surgery and pediatric cardiac surgery.
At the time of a recent ACGME self-study site visit there was one PGY-6 fellow enrolled in the 4+3 track and the program is approved for an additional thoracic surgery fellow every other year. The most recent graduates of the traditional fellowship completed the program in 2018.
Dr. Sunil M. Prasad was appointed Chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery which consists of four adult and two pediatric cardiac surgeons. Dr. Carolyn Jones is Chief of the Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery comprised of four surgeons.
Strong Memorial Hospital
One of the nation's top academic medical centers, the University of Rochester Medical Center forms the centerpiece of the University's health research, teaching, patient care, and community outreach missions. With more than $145 million in federal research funding, UR School of Medicine research funding ranks in the top one-quarter of U.S. medical centers, while the School of Nursing ranks 12th highest in funding. The University's health care delivery network is anchored by Strong Memorial Hospital—a 739-bed, University-owned teaching hospital—which boasts programs that consistently rank among "America's Best Hospitals," according to U.S. News & World Report.
Our Program Focus
- Residents will receive training of the highest caliber by Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery faculty of Strong Memorial Hospital that are strongly committed to prepare them for practice, teaching, and research in their future careers.
- All training is designed to promote six broad goals based on the six ACGME core competencies and the ABTS core Milestones and Life Learning competencies .
- All residents are continuously evaluated to ensure educational, technical, and professional progress throughout their training paradigm.
- Our program provides our residents with progressive responsibility at all levels, with emphasis placed on academic knowledge and accomplishment as well as expertise in patient care. Graded responsibility under appropriate attending supervision is delegated to residents based on demonstrated capability in order to provide quality patient care in addition to excellent training.