Department of Surgery - Division of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery
Professor and Head
Bartley P. Griffith, MD
Undergraduate Medical Program
The basic surgical clerkship includes a rotation on the cardiothoracic service. Students participate, along with the resident staff, in all service activities, patient care responsibilities and teaching conferences.
The goal of the one-month senior elective in cardiothoracic surgery is to present, in a clinical setting, the basic pathophysiologic principles of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. The student becomes an integral member of the patient care team and, under supervision, participates in the capacity of an intern. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis and management of the patient with surgical heart disease.
The three-year residency program is accredited by the Residency Review Committee of Thoracic Surgery. Applicants must be eligible for the American Board of Surgery examination on admission to the program. Residents are given an opportunity to assist and then perform all types of cardiothoracic operative procedures, with a particular emphasis on adult cardiac and general thoracic surgery.