Independent (Traditional) Thoracic Surgery Fellowship

Independent (Traditional) Thoracic Surgery Fellowship

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is accepting applications for the Independent (Traditional) Residency in Thoracic Surgery to begin the July/August 2022 academic year. Our three-year ACGME accredited residency program resides under the auspices of the Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery and the ACGME.

Upon completion of the program, residents will be eligible for the qualifying (written) examination; and the certifying (oral) examinations of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. This residency is designed to train individuals in all aspects of state-of-the-art thoracic surgery. A balanced training curriculum provides clinical and educational experiences in the full spectrum of adult cardiac, congenital cardiac and general thoracic surgery. No specific subspecialty track is required though residents can focus upon their chosen path during their last year of training.

The goals of our program are to:

  • Provide a robust, appropriately supervised setting in which advanced, highly skilled education in adult and congenital cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery can occur.
  • Seek opportunities for the resident to rapidly acquire an in-depth knowledge and advanced skill in cardiac and thoracic surgical techniques and to refine both surgical judgment and technical expertise.
  • Develop the resident academically and professionally. Competencies to be acquired include those of medical knowledge, patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.
  • Create a fulfilling clinical environment that allows graduated clinical and professional advancement accomplished by direct expert clinical, academic and professional instruction promoting self-directed education, and fostering the enhancement of the individual resident's clinical professional, social and academic pursuits.


Candidates for this residency must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency program or an AOA-approved residency program in surgery, vascular surgery, cardiac surgery, or thoracic surgery by July 2022.

How To Apply:

Please enter Thoracic Surgery Residency in the subject line and submit the following via email in PDF format to the Program Coordinator, Ms. Andria Keating at [email protected]:

  • Current CV,
  • letter of intent and personal statement specifying your interest in this fellowship,
  • medical school diploma,
  • USMLE transcripts (Steps 1-3 are required),
  • In-Training Exam transcripts (if applicable),
  • ABSITE transcripts,
  • at least three current letters of recommendation including a letter from the Program Director in support of your application to this fellowship.

Please ask your letter writers to address their letters to Jonathan C. Nesbitt, M.D. All letters must be sent to Ms. Keating via email directly from your letter writers.

All application material must be received by March 28, 2022. Please be advised that this program does not sponsor the J-1 visa and applicants.

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    Jan 19, 2022

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    Nashville, Tennessee

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