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Educational Activities

Didactic Teaching


  • Weekly presentation by Faculty and residents/fellows followed by Q&A.
  • Weekly resident/fellow case presentation and indications conference.


  • Weekly presentation by residents about the interpretation of imaging, the workup, and management of various thoracic diseases.
  • Weekly resident/fellow case presentation and indications conference.
  • Weekly multiple disciplinary tumor board

Simulation Lab

See photos and videos of our Simulation Lab

Monthly Lab Schedule

  • Coronary Anastomosis
  • Endoscopy/Bronch, EGD, EBUS, ect.
  • TSDA Boot Camp Prep
  • Tracheal resection, sleeve
  • VATS
  • Aortic root Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive procedures
  • Combined Cadaver Lab w/Cardiac, Thoracic & Vascular Faculty & Residents/Fellows
  • Mitral Valve Aortic Archery Repair
  • Airway Emergencies
  • Advanced complete-case simulation

Resident in simulation labWorking with colleague in labWorking With Model


  • Miner Library, the University of Rochester medical library, provides robust electronic resources for the medical community. Reference librarians offer a journal search service to assist residents in research projects.
  • Laparoscopic instruments, vessel anastomosis kits, and surgical instruments are available for use at any time in addition to the skills labs to master technical skills necessary to becoming a successful cardiothoracic surgeon.
  • TSDA 88 week curriculum is used as an organizational tool for weekly conferences, to initiate discussions and questioning about CT topics.
  •,, and TSRA published, Primer and Clinical Scenarios are valuable resources utilized frequently.

Journal Club

Journal club occurs once per month. Residents/Fellows present an article from a major journal and discuss its merits and potential implications on the practice and art of cardiothoracic surgery. Journal clubs are also held in conjunction with the anesthesia and vascular departments.

Grand Rounds

Thursday morning grand rounds are held with the general surgery department. Various topics are discussed by the faculty and guest lecturers throughout the year.  Departmental mortality and morbidity conference is held once per month.