The Thoracic Surgery fellowship is a collaboration between MD Anderson and the UT-Houston Health Science Center. The program provides a balanced education in the treatment of cardiovascular, esophageal, pulmonary and other thoracic diseases.
The fellowship is a two-year curriculum with two training tracks:
- General thoracic surgery
- Cardiothoracic surgery
Both tracks are two-year programs. We are currently approved to train one individual in each track per year.
The affiliated hospitals in the thoracic surgery fellowship program are located in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, and are within walking distance of each other.
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The curriculum includes both clinical teaching (in the operating room, on the wards, and in the outpatient clinic), and classroom teaching (lectures, small group discussions, and simulation). In addition, we allow trainees to engage in courses offered by industry, our professional societies, and other institutions when appropriate.
Our curriculum is based on the ACGME milestones, supplemented by additional goals that are identified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. All of these objectives are based on the six core competencies required by the ACGME:
- Patient care and technical skills
- Medical knowledge
- Practice-based learning and improvement
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- System-based practice
Readings are based on the Thoracic Surgery Curriculum (TSC) which is in turn organized around the two curricular documents cited above. This e-learning platform includes textbook and journal articles, case presentations, some videos and formative quiz questions for all trainees in the US and Canada. All this content is organized into roughly 88 topics covering all the objectives in the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Our weekly teaching sessions’ reading assignments are based on the topics in the TSC and are available from any web browser.
Other teaching activities include work-based conferences like cath conferences, multidisciplinary tumor conferences and our monthly journal club that is organized and run with the help of our librarians. The cath and tumor boards are more working conferences and are not directly for teaching but are valuable resources. Additional short rotations in interventional pulmonary, radiation oncology, medical oncology and interventional radiology are all available and offered based on the needs of individual trainees. Finally, we have organized away rotations at University of Toronto or Washington University to meet other specific needs.
The program complies fully with all ACGME requirements regarding duty hours.
Fellows in the program will be provided with the following amenities:
- Laptop computer provided during the two years
- iPad provided during the two years
- Statistical support within the department
- Database within the department
- Funded trip to the Doty course
- Funded trip for presentation at any national meetings
- Funded trip to a national meeting, STS, in the second year
All candidates must have completed a five-year ACGME accredited general surgery residency training program and be eligible for the American Board of Surgery. Successful candidates are selected through the National Resident Matching Program after applications are reviewed and personal interviews are conducted in Houston.
- Apply through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP #1004460F0-General Thoracic, NRMP #1004460F1-Cardiovascular, AMA #460-48-13-121)
- Applications and required documents listed below must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
- International graduates, contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). MD Anderson requires international medical graduates to meet requirements for an institutional permit as outlined by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, and have the necessary documents for a J-1 visa.
- Personal statement
- Curriculum vitae
- Three letters of recommendation from faculty members
- USMLE board scores
- American Board of Surgery in-training (ABSITE) exams (all years)
- Medical school transcript in its original language, as well as in English (copied and notarized, stating that it is a true copy of the original)
- ECFMG certificate (copied and notarized; approximately four to six weeks processing)
- Tobacco-Free Acknowledgement Form
Completed applications must be submitted by February 1.
Applicants considered for the fellowship will be invited for a personal interview, providing an opportunity to visit the institution and meet with the thoracic surgery faculty and fellows/residents.
The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery department conducts two formal interview sessions each year on Saturdays. Each applicant will be interviewed by faculty members, and will have an opportunity to visit with the current residents and tour the various affiliated hospitals.
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