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Curriculum Overview/Rotations

Dr. SagebinThe University of Rochester utilizes a truly balanced approach to training the future cardiothoracic surgeon. The program uses a mixture of both didactic and clinical service educational experiences, to ensure that our graduates are intellectually capable, and technically and emotionally mature surgeons.

Approximately 2500 index cases are performed each year providing each resident with the necessary operative experience required by the American Board of Thoracic Surgeons to matriculate.

The first two years are designed to provide a concrete foundation in medical, surgical, and intensive care experience essential to the practice of cardiothoracic surgery. Residents work under supervision, alongside senior residents and attending physicians from general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and anesthesia. The length of the rotations are designed to coincide with the general surgery training program but are assigned to maximize operative experience in general, vascular, and cardiothoracic surgery.  At the conclusion of the second year, each resident chooses an emphasis in either cardiac or thoracic surgery.

The third year is composed of 4 months of general surgery, 5 months of cardiothoracic surgery, and the remainder of time gaining experience in related fields. Those choosing a cardiac emphasis will spend time in the catheterization and echocardiography laboratories. Those choosing a thoracic emphasis will spend time in the esophageal laboratory. The final three years of training are devoted to the surgical, percutaneous, and minimally invasive treatment of acquired and congenital cardiac disease as well as thoracic and esophageal disease. The rotations are designed so that residents rotate through cardiac and thoracic surgery each year with progressive responsibility at the senior and finally, at the chief level. In addition, there is a three-month block in the PGY-5 year for residents to focus on an area of his or her choosing for additional training in adult cardiac, congenital cardiac, thoracic, or esophageal surgery.

Rotation Schedule

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R1

  • HH VS(*)
  • Thoracic(2)
  • Trauma(2)
  • Anes(Thor/CT)
  • Cardiac(2)
  • Float B
  • Surg Onc
  • Transplant
  • Peds

R2

  • Cardiac(2)
  • Thoracic(2)
  • Colorectal
  • Trauma(2)
  • SMH Vascular
  • Transplant(2)
  • CVICU
  • Peds

R3(Cardiac)

  • Cardiac(4)
  • Thoracic(2)
  • HH GS(2)
  • Transplant(2)
  • Echo(1)
  • Cath Lab(1)

R3(Thoracic)

  • Thoracic(4)
  • Cardiac(2)
  • HH GS(2)
  • Esophageal Lab(2)
  • Pulmonology/Rad-Onc(2)

R4(Cardiac)

  • Cardiac(6)
  • Elective
  • Congenital(2)
  • Thoracic(3)

R4(Thoracic)

  • Thoracic(6)
  • Elective
  • Congenital(2)
  • Cardiac(3)

R5/R6(Cardiac)

  • Cardiac(18)
  • Thoracic(6)

R5/R6(Thoracic)

  • Thoracic(18)
  • Cardiac(6)