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Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

CT Surgery Resident Teaching Conferences


Resident Teaching Conference.  The Cardiothoracic Surgery Residents’ Conference is held Tuesday (7:00-8:00 a.m.) in the Cardiology/CT Surgery Conference Room 7045 ART.  Lectures are scheduled so that all topics in the TSDA Curriculum are covered during the residency.  One attending is assigned responsibility for each of these teaching sessions, but all attendings are expected to attend when possible.  When appropriate, guests or visitors from outside the Division may be invited to discuss their specific area of expertise.  Residents are required to participate and at times to be primarily responsible for some of these conferences.  Resident attendance is mandatory.

Thoracic Tumor Board.  (Each Wednesday 12:00-1:00 p.m., Hollings Cancer Center Room Room 120.)  This weekly conference is a working tumor board that brings thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists together to discuss cases seen in the multidisciplinary Thoracic Clinic.  Each case is discussed in depth and treatment recommended.  This conference exposes the residents to disciplines critical to the care of the thoracic cancer patient and to the multidisciplinary approach to their treatment.  Residents assigned to the general thoracic rotation are required to attend.

Pediatric Cardiology Diagnostic Conference.  (Each Monday 4:00-5:00 p.m., Children’s Hospital, Room 629.)  All patients undergoing diagnostic evaluation during the previous week in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology are reviewed by attendings, residents, and fellows in Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery.  Resident attendance is strongly encouraged and is mandatory during the dedicated congenital heart surgery rotation.

Pediatric Cardiology/Cardiothoracic Surgery Preoperative Conference.  (Each Thursday 4:00-5:00 p.m., Children’s Hospital, Room 629.)  Residents, attendings, and fellows from both the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery meet to review the data on all pediatric patients who are scheduled to undergo surgery in the upcoming week.  Resident attendance is strongly encouraged and is mandatory during the dedicated congenital heart rotation. 

Morbidity and Mortality Conference.  (Each Wednesday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Cardiology/CT Surgery Conference Room, 7045 ART.)  This weekly conference is attended by all cardiothoracic residents, general surgery residents, and students assigned to the service, as well as CT attendings.  All patients hospitalized or undergoing surgery during the previous week on the cardiothoracic surgical service at the MUH or VAMC are reviewed.  Deaths and complications are discussed in detail.  X-rays are commonly reviewed in these conferences and pathology specimens may be reviewed when appropriate.  Resident attendance at this conference is mandatory.

Adult Cardiology Cath Conference.  (Each Wednesday 7:30-8:30 a.m., Auditorium, First Floor, ART.)  This weekly conference is attended whenever possible by cardiothoracic residents, cardiology fellows and attendings from both services to discuss patients who have undergone diagnostic procedures and are felt to be surgical candidates.  Resident attendance is encouraged when operating room assignments permit.

Heart & Vascular Morbidity and Mortality Conference.  (Third Thursday each month 4:30-5:30 p.m., Auditorium, First Floor, ART.)  This conference is a combined morbidity and mortality conference for the Heart and Vascular Service Line and is attended by the faculty and residents from Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiology, Vascular Surgery and Interventional Radiology.  Attendance by CT residents is required unless patient care emergencies do not permit.

Journal Club.  A Cardiothoracic Surgery Journal Club is held on the third Tuesday of each month 7:00-9:00 p.m. off campus for the cardiothoracic surgical attendings, residents, and students assigned to the service.  Current issues of both The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery are reviewed in detail at these meetings.  Attendance includes attendings, students, perfusionists, general surgery residents assigned to the service and CT surgeons in private practice.  CT Surgery resident attendance is required.

Patient Care Rounds.  Patient care rounds are carried out daily by each attending.  At least one of the thoracic residents as well as general surgery residents and students assigned to the service participate in these rounds during which the overall management of the patient including disease process, pathophysiology, diagnostic studies, appropriate treatment, etc., are discussed.


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