Six-Year Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program

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.

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

Or contact:

Bridget Purcell
GME Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship Coordinator

Phone: 412-648-6359
Fax: 412-647-0754


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