Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Education Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program
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Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program

NYU School of Medicine offers a traditional three-year residency, our 5+3 track, and the seven-year internal 4/3 program through the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Our programs prepare residents to independently perform valve repair and replacement, minimally invasive and robotic valve surgery, transcatheter valve replacement, major complex thoracic surgery, and robotic surgical procedures for lung and esophageal conditions. Residents also learn to manage advanced treatments for coronary artery disease and multimodality therapies.

We offer additional programs in heart and lung transplantation. We train our residents to conduct research, including clinical trials, and provide courses in leadership and high-reliability organizational models.

During this three-year program, residents learn pre-, intra-, and postoperative cardiothoracic surgery patient care skills. Residents receive training in congenital cardiac care, adult cardiac and general thoracic and thoracic oncology care, and the care of patients with adult-acquired cardiac conditions through didactic and simulation curricula provided in a series of progressive, three-month clinical rotations with increasing responsibilities. You also have the opportunity to select advanced rotations for a concentration in either cardiac surgery or general thoracic surgery.

Cardiothoracic surgery training is offered at three locations, which provides access to patient populations in varied socioeconomic circumstances: NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and the Manhattan campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System. At each location, residents learn to perform advanced surgical procedures under close supervision by attending surgeons.

Residents are evaluated and receive feedback from surgical faculty attendings, anesthesia and critical care doctors, nurse practitioners, perfusionists, and nurses. These evaluations help guide you during training and reveal any problem areas that require corrective action.

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Training Tracks

During your final 18 months of residency training, you can choose to follow a cardiothoracic surgery track or a general thoracic surgery track, depending on your career interests. The cardiothoracic surgery track allows you to develop skills in minimally invasive valve surgery; advanced valve repair surgery; catheter-based valve surgery; aneurysm repair; and advanced surgical therapies for heart failure, including mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation. On the general thoracic track, you concentrate on the treatment of malignant and benign thoracic conditions and lung transplantation.

Our thoracic surgery residency program has Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) residency review committee approval for our more traditional 5+3 track and the internal general surgery–thoracic surgery combined 4/3 track, both of which lead to eligibility for American Board of Thoracic Surgery certification. Residents on both tracks also meet the requirements for American Board of Surgery certification.

Thoracic Surgery Program 5+3 Track

To choose the 5+3 thoracic surgery program, you must have completed a five-year ACGME-approved general surgery training program. The 5+3 track provides 3 years of comprehensive cardiothoracic surgery training with flexibility to train in cardiac surgery or general thoracic surgery in the final 18 months of the program.

Combined General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery 4/3 Track

NYU Langone general surgery residents may apply for the 4/3 track, a joint general surgery and thoracic surgery program (a combined seven years of residency training). During your fourth and fifth resident years, a total of 12 months is dedicated to thoracic surgery training. After your fifth year, you complete an additional two years of thoracic surgery training. You must apply before completion of your third postgraduate year.

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Track Rotation Schedule

Residents develop advanced skills in traditional, minimally invasive, and robotic surgery for acquired and congenital cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, and thoracic oncology surgery.

First-Year Residency

In the first year, residents complete a three-month rotation in acquired and congenital cardiac surgery at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital. This is followed by a three-month rotation in adult cardiac and general thoracic surgery/thoracic oncology at VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, and three months of general thoracic surgery/thoracic oncology training at Tisch Hospital. Finally, you spend three months at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue for cardiac, general thoracic/thoracic oncology, and trauma training.

Second-Year Residency

In the second year, residents learn about acquired and congenital cardiac surgery through a six-month rotation at Tisch Hospital Next, you complete three months of general thoracic surgery/thoracic oncology training at Tisch Hospital, followed by cardiac surgery, general thoracic/thoracic oncology, and trauma training for three months at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.

Third-Year Residency

In the third year, residents participate in numerous surgical areas, including minimally invasive valve surgery, advanced valve repair surgery, catheter-based valve surgery, stent graft therapies for thoracic aneurysms, and advanced surgical therapies for heart failure. Residents also receive advanced adult-acquired cardiac training for 12 months at Tisch Hospital. This can involve one to three months of additional elective training, including catheter-based aneurysm surgery and ventricular restoration surgery for congestive heart failure.

Thoracic Surgery Track Rotation Schedule

Residents in the thoracic surgery track develop unique advanced skills in general thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology, and acquire comprehensive training in cardiac surgery for acquired heart diseases.

First-Year Residency

First-year residents complete a three-month general thoracic surgery/thoracic oncology rotation at Tisch Hospital, followed by six months of acquired and congenital cardiac surgery training. Finally, you complete a three-month adult cardiac and general thoracic surgery/thoracic oncology rotation at the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System.

Second-Year Residency

In the second year, residents participate in three months of cardiac surgery, general thoracic surgery/thoracic oncology, and trauma training at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. Next, you complete three-month rotations in acquired and congenital cardiac surgery at Tisch Hospital, adult cardiac surgery and general thoracic surgery/thoracic oncology at VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, and general thoracic surgery/thoracic oncology at Tisch Hospital.

Third-Year Residency

Third-year residents complete 12 months of advanced thoracic surgery/thoracic oncology training with an optional 1- to 3-month elective at Tisch Hospital.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program Directors

Eugene A. Grossi, MD
Stephen B. Colvin, MD, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency Program

Deane E. Smith, MD
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Associate Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency Program—Cardiac Track

Housing, Salary, and Benefits

Limited subsidized housing is available for cardiothoracic surgery residents. Additional information is available by contacting NYU Langone’s housing services.

NYU Langone house staff receive a salary for each year of residency. Information about benefits for residents is available through our Graduate Medical Education administration.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®). See the ERAS® Timeline for Residency Applicants for all submission deadlines. Applicants go through the Fellowship Match—National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for the matching process. Our deadline for receiving applications through ERAS® is mid-February. Interviews are conducted in March.

Incoming residents must have completed an ACGME-approved general surgery residency training program and be board eligible in general surgery. Prior research experience is desired but not mandatory.

All residency applications must be submitted online, as paper applications are no longer accepted.

Although you are encouraged to specify either a cardiothoracic or thoracic track, you may apply to both.

For more information about the application process, please contact Beata Li, residency coordinator, at 212-263-7427 or beata.li@nyumc.org.