The Cardiothoracic fellowship training program is composed of two years of clinical training, as is required for board eligibility in thoracic surgery.
- The Cardiothoracic Surgery Division has six faculty members, each with an area of specialization in one of the following three clinical services:
(1) Adult Cardiac Surgery
(2) Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
(3) General Thoracic Surgery
Two cardiothoracic fellows rotate responsibility for these services. All of the clinical work during the two years of training is accomplished at Albany Medical Center Hospital and the Stratton VA Medical Center.
- The fellowship is divided into three-month rotations equally split between Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery. This is alterable depending on the fellow’s needs and interest.
- During the thoracic rotation, the fellow will become familiar with technical aspects of surgery on the esophagus, lung, pleura, trachea, bronchi, chest wall, mediastinum, pericardium, and diaphragm. Expertise is gained in all aspects of patient care, and by the end of this experience, the fellow will have an understanding of esophageal and pulmonary physiology, physiology of the chest wall, and the basic tenants of thoracic oncology.
- During the Cardiac rotation, the fellow will be expected to become proficient in interpretation of cardiac catheterization data and coronary cineangiography. Introduction to both transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography is provided at this time.
The fellow will participate in pediatric and adult cardiac operations as first assistant initially and is given progressive responsibility in the operations as his/her skills mature during the program.
The fellow will actively participate in simulation labs.