The goals and objectives of these programs are fostered in an environment of progressively graded clinical and operative experience and responsibility. Within the limits of variability found in a clinical practice an equivalent experience will be afforded each resident, under the guidance and supervision of qualified teaching staff. With this process, each resident/fellow will develop mature surgical judgment and operative skills which prepares him or her to provide independent surgical care to patients with a wide range of cardiovascular and thoracic disorders in a manner appropriate to a specialist in surgery and candidate for board certifications. The final assessment of whether these objectives are being achieved is made by the program directors as recommended by the faculty.
The philosophy of these programs are to:
- Provide a robust, appropriately supervised setting in which advanced highly skilled education in adult vascular surgery, cardiac surgery, pediatric cardiac surgery, and general thoracic surgery can take place.
- Seek opportunities for the trainees to acquire an in-depth knowledge and advanced skill in vascular, cardiac and general thoracic surgical techniques
- Develop academically and professionally. Skills to be acquired include those of medical knowledge, patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism and the systems based practice.
- Provide an excellent clinical education and graduated clinical advancement accomplished by directed expert clinical, academic, and social instruction promoting self-directed education, and fostering the refinement of the individual residents clinical, professional, social and academic pursuits.
- Combine trainee mentoring with instruction by faculty including both didactic and Socratic education, hands-on experience, and self-directed learning.