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Cardiothoracic Surgery Training at IU School of Medicine

Training the next generation of cardiothoracic surgeons

Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine offers two different residency training pathways: the Three-Year Traditional Program and the Six-Year Integrated Program. Both pathways provide comprehensive cardiothoracic surgical education and training through a full range of clinical environments. Graduates of the residency are eligible to sit for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery examinations.

Three-Year Traditional Program

This program is ideal for those who have completed an accredited general surgery residency.

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Six-Year Integrated Program

This six-year program is perfect for those who wish to enter cardiothoracic surgical training straight out of medical school.

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9 current residents
15 dedicated faculty experts
4 clinical hospital partners

Cardiothoracic Surgery Training

Medical students who interested in applying to the cardiothoracic surgery residency at Indiana University School of Medicine can find out more about the requirements and process.

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Program Goals

  • Train residents to be safe, competent, independent practitioners of adult cardiothoracic surgery upon completion of the residency program
  • Provide comprehensive clinical education that can serve as a foundation for those residents who wish to pursue advanced fellowship training in a sub-specialty area
  • Prepare graduates to successfully attain the American Board of Thoracic Surgery certification
  • Enable residents to critically evaluate and interpret scientific evidence and literature to guide clinical practice and continue lifelong self-education
  • Foster opportunities for stewardship and leadership in the cardiothoracic surgical community both locally and nationally


An exceptional experience

The cardiothoracic training program offers graduates experience in clinical and surgical decision-making with broad exposure to all three cardiothoracic sub-disciplines of Adult Cardiac, Pediatric/ Congenital Cardiothoracic and General Thoracic. Inherent to the success of the program is a culture of respect and accountability.

Formal educational activities include didactic conferences, surgical skills simulation sessions, board examination review and mock oral examinations. Residents are expected to take advantage of the university academic environment and participate in clinical outcomes research and/or quality improvement projects during their tenure.


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