The Thoracic Surgery Program is committed to providing an outstanding didactic curriculum to complement clinical teaching. Tuesday mornings are designated as protected time for the weekly academic conference schedule. Faculty member Thomas D. Maher, MD is responsible for didactic teaching; all members of the thoracic surgery staff are full participants in the educational schedule.
The academic schedule includes:
Cardiothoracic Teaching Conference (weekly)
Topics are presented by a resident with the faculty leading a discussion of relevant cases and scenarios as they might be used in the ABTS board exam. Residents are assigned weekly readings in the topic to be presented and take a written pre-test prior on this material prior to the lecture.
Pulmonary Conference (weekly)
Residents present and lead discussions on the best teaching cases of the preceding week.
Cardiothoracic Surgery Morbidity and Mortality Conference (monthly)
Residents and faculty present assigned cases in an informal, roundtable discussion format.
Thoracic Surgery Journal Club (monthly)
The Thoracic Surgery journal clubs discuss general thoracic surgery and cardiac surgery topics in monthly rotation.
Department/Academic Meeting (monthly)
Residents, faculty and administrators meet monthly to learn about and discuss issues related to training programs, new hospital and department initiatives and accomplishments, reports on quality assurance processes, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and administrative / healthcare concerns.
Surgical Grand Rounds (as scheduled)
The department sponsors three visiting professor lectures each year: one from each division. Each lecture is preceded by a dinner the evening before the lecture to allow faculty and residents to talk informally with the guest speaker. Department faculty also regularly present on topics in their specialty in this venue.
The Cardiovascular Institute presents annual continuing medical education conferences for medical professionals (including department residents and fellows) on current issues in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery. The CVI also sponsors a yearly clinical research symposium highlighting the work of Allegheny trainees in the fields of medical/surgical heart care and general thoracic surgery.