During the PGY-1 to PGY-3 years, residents participate in several regularly scheduled general surgery and thoracic surgery education sessions. Residents participate in small group sessions and lectures; knot tying, suture, and skin stapling training modules; and inanimate and animate labs.
Thoracic Surgery didactics include weekly lectures by various faculty members, weekly Departmental Grand Rounds, weekly SESATS preparation sessions, clinical scenario Q&A sessions every-other week, and bi-monthly journal clubs. Residents also actively participate in affiliate hospital M&M conferences and tumor boards. Mock-oral board exam sessions are also held twice per year to prepare trainees for their Thoracic Surgery Oral Board Certification Exam. Given the growing presence of robotics in cardiac and thoracic surgery, residents also participate in a structured and robust robotic surgery curriculum to complement a high volume clinical experience with the option of working towards a robotics equivalency certificate which can be used for credentialing.