Residency Program

General Responsibilities

Thoracic Surgery residents direct the preoperative and postoperative care of all service and consult patients under the supervision of the Thoracic Surgery Faculty. In addition, residents:

  • Attend all assigned clinics and scheduled teaching conferences for the specific rotation
  • Provide instruction in thoracic surgery and critical care to rotating General Surgery residents on the service
  • Are encouraged to participate in clinical research projects during their rotations

Note: Mid-level practitioners are available on the cardiothoracic surgical service at each institution and serve as valuable members of the team.

Responsibilities by Location

William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital

William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital is the main teaching facility for our program and is staffed by one or two thoracic surgery residents (one of whom functions as the Chief Resident on the service). The service performs a high volume of adult cardiac surgery and performs all cases in the heart and lung transplantation program. Residents may also be involved in heart and lung procurements for transplantation at outside (donor) hospitals, and may be involved with heart and lung transplant procedures at Baylor University Medical Center. In addition, there are sometimes opportunities to work with private surgeons at Clements University Hospital on general thoracic cases. There is no specific clinic assignment on this rotation.

Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center

This facility is located approximately eight miles south of downtown Dallas away from the other component institutions and offers a full range of cardiac and thoracic surgical operative experience.

The service is staffed by one Thoracic Surgery resident who functions as the Chief Resident on the service, one fourth-year General Surgery resident, and one second-year General Surgery resident.

Residents attend Thoracic Surgery Clinics each Friday as well as scheduled teaching conferences.

Parkland Memorial Hospital/Zale Lipshy University Hospital

This service is operated as a single service across two institutions. All cardiac cases originating from either hospital undergo surgery at St. Paul University Hospital under an institutional sharing agreement.

The service is staffed by faculty, one fourth-year and two first-year General Surgery residents.

Thoracic trauma is handled by this service, although most cases are initially assessed by the General Surgery Trauma team. The primary resident responsible for trauma is the first-year resident on the Parkland/Zale service. Coverage at night and on weekends is handled by the first-year resident on the service.

Children's Medical Center Dallas

This service provides training in congenital heart surgery through a high-volume, single-institution service. Residents participate in the care of children under the supervision of attending surgeons. There are no junior residents on this service but night call is taken by fellows in Pediatric Intensive Care. There is usually one pediatric congenital cardiac fellow also on this service. Residents attend scheduled conferences specific to this rotation. There is no specific clinic assignment.






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