Thoracic Fellowship Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Date Posted: September 20, 2019

The General Thoracic Surgery Fellowship program is a one to two year non-ACGME approved program focusing on general thoracic surgery procedures and patient care. It is designed to provide General Thoracic Surgery training to physicians who are trained in Cardiothoracic Surgery and seek specialized additional training in General Thoracic Surgery, to those who are applying to attend an accredited residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery and want additional experience in General Thoracic Surgery, and to international fellows currently with a valid US Visa who are seeking training in General Thoracic Surgery. This is one of the busiest Thoracic Surgery Programs in the country, with eighteen general thoracic surgeons performing over 3,400 procedures in the last academic year. The fellows will work alongside residents enrolled in the accredited Thoracic Surgery program at BWH and actively participate in all educational conferences and activities. There is also an opportunity for clinical research. We use an apprenticeship model whereby each thoracic fellow is assigned to surgeons two months at a time to gain exposure to the breadth and depth of the thoracic surgery practice. The focus changes from lung surgery to esophageal surgery based on the surgeon. The fellow is the primary resident with the assigned surgeon so that there is no competition with the accredited residents. The case volume is more than sufficient to accommodate all residents and fellows. The fellows are primarily at Brigham and Women's Hospital and will also rotate to the West Roxbury VA Hospital for a 2- month rotation, once a year. During this rotation, the fellow is the sole trainee on the service and is given increased autonomy while gaining experience in a community hospital.

How To Apply

The program requires a medical degree and completion of a training program in General Surgery or Cardiothoracic Surgery. You must be able to obtain a limited medical license in Massachusetts at minimum, which requires the completion of USMLE Step 1, Step 2CK, and Step 2CS. Fellows must be able to demonstrate skills in fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery in our simulation lab. Please submit the following items to Sasha Smith, Education Programs Manager, via email at : • Personal Statement • Current CV • USMLE Scores • ABSITE Scores • Three Letters of Recommendation

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