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Six-Year Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program

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For those just out of medical school interested in training with one of the nation’s premier cardiothoracic surgery residency programs, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine offers a six-year integrated program. The school also has a two-year cardiothoracic surgery fellowship for those who have completed an accredited general surgery residency.

The six-year CT residency program includes:

  • Three years of prerequisite cardiothoracic surgery clinical training
  • Three years requisite cardiothoracic surgery clinical training
  • Two years academic enrichment through laboratory or clinical research opportunities (ideal for those wishing to pursue additional degrees)

This curriculum provides residents with a focused background and hands-on experience in cardiothoracic surgery, including:

  • 26 months core surgical education for cardiac track
  • 25 months core surgical education in thoracic track

It allows for one resident per post-graduate year in each of the cardiac and thoracic tracks for a total complement of 12 residents.

Requisite Education and Rotations

Rotations and the associated educational requisites provide intense, in-depth exposure to those disciplines most closely related to cardiothoracic surgery.

Requisite education in:

  • Surgical oncology
  • Abdominal Transplantation
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Acute care surgery
  • Trauma surgery
  • Cardiothoracic anesthesiology
  • Vascular surgery
  • Critical care
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Adult cardiac surgery
  • General thoracic and foregut surgery 

How to Apply to the Six-Year CT Surgery Residency Program

Applications are accepted through the ERAS® (Electronic Residency Application Service) website.

Applicants must apply by December 30 for consideration.

Please visit the ERAS site to learn more about application requirements, fees, and other details.

Or contact:

Patricia Fluhrer, MA
Thoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 412-647-6359
Fax: 412-647-0754


UPMC Presbyterian
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Suite C800
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213