The Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency program at Wake Forest School of Medicine provides comprehensive knowledge in the diagnosis, management and surgical treatment of the thoracic and cardiovascular system.

The program consists of two clinical years, following the completion of five years in an accredited general surgery residency, resulting in board eligibility.

At the completion of training, residents are competent and prepared to treat conditions including:

  • General thoracic diseases
  • Congenital heart diseases
  • Acquired cardiovascular diseases

Clinical Rotations

The two-year program is focused on intensive training. Residents assume progressive levels of responsibility.

A rotational schedule assigns first- and second-year thoracic surgical residents to one of two services on a rotational basis every three months. The rotations are:

  • Adult cardiac surgical service
  • Combined congenital heart/general thoracic service

These areas become residents’ primary areas of focus during that period.

The cardiothoracic surgery second-year resident serves as the Administrative Chief Residents and we are proud to say that all of our graduates have gone on to become board-certified thoracic surgeons.

The program is approved to finish one Categorical Chief Resident per year. The program is fully compliant with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education guidelines regarding resident duty hours.

Program Goals and Objectives

The goals for residents of the Cardiothroacic Residency program include:

  • Development of thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the thorax and cardiovascular system
  • Development of clinical expertise in the diagnosis and management (operative and non-operative) of congenital heart, general thoracic and acquired cardiovascular diseases
  • Attainment of technical and surgical expertise in general thoracic, congenital heart and acquired diseases of the cardiovascular system
  • Experience in basic science investigations including clinical review, clinical outcomes and basic research

Program Benefits Highlights

As a Wake Forest resident you will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
Learn more about the standard benefits available to Wake Forest Residents. Program-specific benefits, if available, can be found on the program application page.