The Integrated Six year program is equally divided into three year portions. This allows for an opportunity to elect academic enrichment period of one or two years, if the resident wishes.
During the second three year period, gradually increasing exposure and responsibility in adult cardiac, pediatric cardiac, and thoracic surgical areas is acquired. Throughout the training period a rigorous core curriculum along with didactic teaching and conference schedule is woven as an integral part of the training program.
During the final year it is expected that the resident will be able to assume major patient care and intraoperative responsibility in the full range of patients and procedures, including the latest techniques, therapies and devices. The resident will be eligible, upon successful completion, to take the examinations leading to certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.