Clinical Experience

Given the technical complexity of cardiothoracic surgery, we are committed to providing our residents with a robust operative experience that begins during the early years of training. In order to satisfy RRC requirements in general and vascular surgery, we have arranged rotations in these specialties at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, one of our leading system hospitals. Without exception, our residents have found the rotations here to be outstanding. 

Dr. Roger Schneider in vascular surgery and Dr. Scott Steinmetz in general surgery oversee a high volume operative experience unencumbered by the presence of other trainees. At the university hospital residents gain early, mentored operative experience in both thoracic and cardiac surgery. In cardiac surgery, we have adopted a rotation model in which residents are assigned to a specific faculty member for 2-3 month rotations in order to develop familiarity and build trust. Depicted below are tables depicting total and selected case numbers of our first I6 graduate during his PGY 4-6 years, as well as the case logs for our last 3 residents to complete PGY years 1-3.

Case log for first I6 graduate, PGY years 4-6 

Total cases
726
Cardiac
Valve repair 14

Valve replacement

50

Redo valve

16
CABG 108
CABG/Valve 21
VAD 26
Heart Transplant  12
Lung Transplant 18
Thoracic
Lobectomy 30
Esophagectomy 18

Case logs for last 3 residents to complete PGY years 1-3


ABTS Requirements 
Resident A
Resident B
Resident C
Vascular
25 50 85 35
Skin/soft tissue/breast
10
14 26 35
Head/neck
5 10 6 8
Alimentary tract
20 32 22 26
Abdomen
30 113 60 69
Operative trauma
5 6 9 10
Pediatric
10 11 12 24
Plastic
5 6
Lap-basic
30 54  37  31 
Lap-advanced
10 12  11 15 
Component CT
50 122  60  71 
CABG
 N/A 4 2 6
Valve Replacement
 N/A
6 5 10
ECMO Cannulation
 N/A
11 12 14
Anatomic lung resection
 N/A
9 15 19
VATS Wedge
 N/A
13  16 18
Total
375 467 395 405

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