Even the most talented musical virtuoso would not play a piece in public without practicing. Yet we ask residents to perform the operative equivalent of a virtuoso performance only after essentially a brief glance at the sheet music.
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Featured Resident Articles
July 28, 2009
Two- versus Three-year Cardiothoracic Training Programs: A Two Year CT Program is One Year Shorter Than a Three Year CT Program
July 15, 2009
"If given the option when choosing a cardiothoracic residency, should one choose a two-year program or a three-year program?"
July 15, 2009
Cardiothoracic surgery is undergoing a period of sweeping change. Our specialty was born out of the surgical treatment of tuberculosis and reached a "tipping point" near the half-way mark of last century.
May 6, 2009
It was a clear, cool fall morning of my first year in medical school. I had remembered that we were scheduled to have a special guest for our 8 AM lecture that morning, but little did I know how much that lecture would change my life.
May 6, 2009
The current “traditional” method for training cardiothoracic surgeons (five years of general surgery and two-three years of thoracic) dates back 80 years to a time in which the specialty consisted of operations for empyemas and tuberculosis. Needless to say, over the course of the last 80 years, the field of cardiothoracic surgery has changed dramatically.
February 5, 2009
The field of cardiothoracic surgery is undergoing a transition. Arguably, the entire field of medicine is undergoing an even more significant one.
October 6, 2008
Becoming a surgeon has been an enduring goal in my life. Last year I learned from my program director about the scholarship entitled “Looking to the Future” sponsored by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).
July 15, 2008
I have recently completed my cardiothoracic and vascular surgery (CTVS) residency. It not only taught me the techniques and art of surgery but also enriched me spiritually.
March 17, 2008
Being a surgeon is one of those things that you just know is right. You ask lots of questions, you ponder the possibilities, and then one day it just hits you--there is nowhere else you would rather be than the OR and nothing else you would rather do than operate.
January 10, 2008
At the spring 2006 AATS meeting in Philadelphia I had a chance to catch up with my former colleague, Dr. Leslie Kohman. We spoke for an hour, mostly catching up on mutual friends, until our conversation drifted to the future. Leslie had just made the decision to close the thoracic residency at Syracuse due to many factors.