Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency

Dr. Michael Jaklitsch is the Program Director for the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH)/Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) Thoracic Surgery Residency and the Thoracic Surgery Integrated Residency. Both the two-year ACGME accredited program and 6-year ACGME accredited program prepares physicians for certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. In addition to the accredited residency programs, we also have a number of positions for clinical and research fellows.

The residents' experience in this program includes pre-operative, operative and post-operative care of all patients assigned to them. Caseloads for residents applying for American Board of Thoracic Surgery certification have averaged greater than 90% above minimal requirements for all case designations.

Academic guidance in the operating rooms, ambulatory area, teaching conferences and research facilities is provided by attending surgeons, all of whom hold full-time teaching appointments at Harvard Medical School.

Michael Jaklitsch, MD

Michael Jaklitsch, MD

Program Director

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Tsuyoshi Kaneko, MD

Tsuyoshi Kaneko, MD

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Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Topics

Program Objectives

The educational mission of the Brigham and Women's Hospital/Boston Children's Hospital Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program is to train surgeons to function as qualified practitioners of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the highest level of performance expected of a certified specialist. This includes providing an optimum number of diverse adult cardiac, congenital cardiac and general thoracic operative experiences under supervision to gain surgical skills leading to eligibility for American Board of Thoracic Surgery certification. In addition, we desire to train cardiothoracic residents for academic and leadership positions in cardiothoracic surgery.  Each of the three services in this training program (cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and pediatric cardiac surgery) have dedicated facilities for clinical and laboratory research.

Teaching Facilities and Faculty

The Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a 750 bed general hospital.  The pediatric cardiac component of the program takes place at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH), which is located on the Harvard Medical School/Longwood medical campus, immediately adjacent to BWH. There are currently four operating rooms for cardiac surgery, four for thoracic surgery at BWH, and three operating rooms at BCH. Each service has separate dedicated intensive and immediate care units.

At BWH, cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery are separate clinical divisions and teaching services within the department of surgery, allowing the resident to focus entirely on that specific component of the training program when assigned to these services.

Residency Tracks

Thoracic Surgery Residency – Traditional 2 Year Program

Of the four residency positions offered for each year of the two-year training program, two positions are designated as being "cardiac track", and two positions are designated "thoracic track." 

For residents in the cardiac track of this program, the first year is divided into two six-month rotations between cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery at BWH.  The second year is comprised of a three-month rotation at Boston Children’s Hospital on the congenital cardiac service, and the remaining nine months are spent on cardiac surgery at BWH. 

For residents in the thoracic track, the first-year is divided into two six-month rotations between cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery at BWH and the second year will be spent as six months as a chief resident on thoracic surgery and two months each at Boston Children's Hospital Cardiac Surgery, and one the BWH Cardiac Surgery and BWH Thoracic Surgery services. 

Thoracic Surgery Integrated Residency, I-6 Program

BWH offers two residency positions for each year of the six-clinical year program.  One position is designated as being cardiac track and the other as thoracic track.  Residents will match directly out of medical school and spend the first two years rotating through the various major components of general surgery.  Residents will then transition into the cardiothoracic surgery portion of their training for the remaining four years.

Applications

Positions for the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program are filled via the thoracic matching program of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The NRMP program code numbers for the Thoracic Surgery Residency program are 1265460F0 for the two cardiac track positions and 1265460F1 for the two thoracic track positions. The NRMP program code numbers for the Thoracic Surgery Integrated Residency program are 1265461C1 for the cardiac track position and 1265461C0 for the thoracic track position. Please refer to NRMP for information on registration procedures and deadlines. All resident applicants must register with the NRMP in addition to submitting an application to our program. 

The Thoracic Surgery Residency begins the recruitment season each December, concluding with the match in May.  The residency matches positions to begin the next calendar year on July 1. We will only accept applications from resident physicians who will have completed an ACGME or AOA accredited residency program.

The Thoracic Surgery Integrated Residency begins the recruitment season each September for residency positions to begin the following year, mid-June. At minimum, we will accept applications from medical students who will have completed a medical school program resulting in a medical degree.

All resident applicants must register with the NRMP in addition to submitting an application through the AAMC ERAS electronic residency application system.  Programs participating in ERAS may only accept those application materials sent electronically through ERAS.  We will not accept any additional supporting documents by mail or email. Please contact ERAS for registration at www.aamc.org.

Requirements and Deadline

Thoracic Surgery Residency - Traditional 2 year program

Application requirements include:

  • ABS in-training exam scores
  • Three letters of recommendation from physicians who have worked closely with you during your general surgery residency or in your laboratory research. (The inside salutation in your letters of recommendation may be addressed to the residency program director)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Dean's Letter

Our deadline for receipt of your residency application and all supporting documents is February 1st. Each application is reviewed in its entirety with an eye toward a combination of overall academic excellence, leadership ability, career development potential, and personal character.

We interview approximately 40 candidates for the residency each year. Although we receive applications from many well-qualified candidates, it is not possible to interview all who apply. Those who are invited will be notified approximately one month prior to the date of the scheduled interview.

We will have only one interview date, and will not be able to schedule any individual interview dates outside of this session. Interviews will be held separately for each individual track, and you must choose either a thoracic surgery or cardiac surgery track upon interview invitation.

Any candidate who is invited to interview must contact the Program Manager to confirm their acceptance of the interview offer. If we do not receive a confirming email or letter from you by the given RSVP date, we will not be able to schedule you for the interview.

I-6 Thoracic Surgery Residency

Application requirements include:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • MSPE
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE transcript

We do not require a chairman’s letter and do not review any applications until they are complete. Our deadline for receipt of your residency application and all supporting documents is October 1.

We will have one interview date, and will not be able to schedule any individual interview dates outside of these sessions. Interviews will be held separately for each individual track, and you must choose either a thoracic surgery or cardiac surgery track upon interview invitation.

Any candidate who is invited to interview must contact the Program Manager to confirm their acceptance of the interview offer. If we do not receive a confirming email or letter from you by the given RSVP date, we will not be able to schedule you for the interview.

Interview Format

Thoracic Surgery Residency - Traditional 2 year

The format for the interview days begins with a welcome Reception on Friday evening followed by the Interview Day on Saturday. The interview day begins with a breakfast during the early morning check-in time, followed by an orientation session with the division chiefs and program directors. Following the orientation session, each candidate will meet with four groups consisting of three or four key faculty members in each room. Cardiothoracic surgery residents and fellows will be on hand throughout the morning to visit informally with the candidates between interviews and to conduct hospital tours. The interview sessions conclude with a buffet luncheon attended by all candidates, faculty, and cardiothoracic surgery residents and fellows. For the purpose of making travel arrangements, applicants may anticipate being finished with all interview and tour activities by 5 p.m.

I-6 Thoracic Surgery Residency

The format for the interview days begins with a welcome Reception on Friday evening followed by the Interview Day on Saturday. The interview day begins with a breakfast during the early morning check-in time, followed by an orientation session with the division chiefs and program directors. Following the orientation session, each candidate will meet with four groups consisting of three or four key faculty members in each room. Cardiothoracic surgery residents and fellows will be on hand throughout the morning to visit informally with the candidates between interviews and to conduct hospital tours. The interview sessions conclude with a buffet luncheon attended by all candidates, faculty, and cardiothoracic surgery residents and fellows. For the purpose of making travel arrangements, applicants may anticipate being finished with all interview and tour activities by 5 p.m.

Travel and Hotel Accommodations

For the purpose of making travel arrangements, applicants may anticipate being finished with all interview and tour activities by 5 p.m. Please seen our hotel accommodations page for more information.

Research Opportunities

Non-ACGME Fellowships and Research Opportunities

To inquire about a research fellowship or non-ACGME cardiac clinical fellowship, please send a letter of inquiry and a copy of your curriculum vitae to Dr. James Rawn, MD, in care of Sasha Smith, Cardiothoracic Surgery Coordinator at 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115. Your letter of inquiry should summarize your previous clinical and research training and indicate your specific areas if interest within the fields of cardiothoracic surgery. Please specify in your letter that you are applying for a non-ACGME position.

To inquire about a research fellowship or non-ACGME thoracic clinical fellowship, please send a letter of inquiry and a copy of your curriculum vitae to Dr. Jon Wee, MD, in care of Sasha Smith, Cardiothoracic Surgery Coordinator at 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115. Your letter of inquiry should summarize your previous clinical and research training and indicate your specific areas if interest within the fields of cardiothoracic surgery. Please specify in your letter that you are applying for a non-ACGME position

Please visit the Department of Surgery Research website for more information about our research or the T32 research training grant in cardiovascular surgery. 

Program Contact

For any questions regarding our programs please contact:

Sasha Smith

Education Programs Manager

sasmith2@bwh.harvard.edu

617-525-9385

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