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Six-Year Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program

This program is for those individuals who wish to pursue cardiothoracic surgical training directly after graduation from medical school. Indiana University School of Medicine also offers a Three- Year Traditional Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency for individuals applying after completion of general surgery residency.

One resident is accepted into this training pathway each year. The resident can elect either a “Cardiac Track” or “Thoracic Track” depending on her/his interests. Regardless of track, the resident is exposed to all subspecialties with the same educational goals, expectations, and responsibilities. The difference is that the designated track allows for more time spent rotating in the desired specialty during the third year, which includes discretion on elective rotations. The first two to three years of the program consist of requisite core surgical education. These include rotations in general surgery, laparoscopic surgery, surgical oncology, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, surgical intensive/critical care, trauma, abdominal transplant surgery, general thoracic surgery, interventional cardiology, cardiac anesthesia, and adult cardiac surgery.

The fourth through sixth years are comprised of focused cardiothoracic surgical training, with rotations in adult cardiac surgery, general thoracic surgery, and pediatric/congenital cardiothoracic surgery. These clinical experiences are obtained at the following major clinical sites: IU Methodist Hospital, IU University Medical Center, Riley Children’s Hospital, and Roudebush VA Medical Center. There is an emphasis on progressive autonomy in clinical and surgical decision-making as the resident’s abilities grow. The program culminates in a chief resident year, when the resident will be expected to lead and manage clinical services and teams.

The resident will participate in all formal educational activities, including weekly didactic conferences, board examination reviews, surgical skills simulation sessions, and mock oral examinations. Both the clinical rotations and formal educational curriculum are executed in tandem with residents in the Traditional Residency Program.


How to Apply to the Six-Year Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program

All applications must be received through the Electronic Residency ApplicationProgram (ERAS). Minimum requirements for applications are as follows:

  • ERAS® Application with Photo
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 minimum)
  • Dean’s Letter o USMLE Scores o Medical Student Performance Evaluation
  • Medical Student Transcripts
  • Personal Statement o Eligibility to attain medical licensure by the State of Indiana
  • Graduates of a non-US medical school must also include an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate

Qualified applicants will be offered an invitation to interview. Applicant interviews are held November through January.

For questions about the program or application process, please contact the Residency Program Director, Dr. Lawrence Lee, or the Residency Program Coordinator, Ms. Cherron Jones.