The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Nebraska introduced a traditional cardiothoracic surgery residency program in 2015. The program is a fully accredited 2 year independent model program by the ACGME. Successful completion prepares our graduates to obtain certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS).
At UNMC, we place an emphasis on progressive resident autotomy and responsibility during each year. The clinical curriculum includes balanced and comprehensive rotations in cardiac, thoracic and congenital surgery. We recognize that proficiency in minimally invasive approaches for mitral and aortic surgery, as well as a robust TAVR experience, are essential for the modern cardiac surgeon. Additionally residents gain experience in both VATS and robotic approaches in thoracic surgery. Innovative techniques and excellent patient outcomes are the mainstay of the congenital cardiac program. As the major VAD and ECMO center for the region, advanced heart failure therapies are another forte of the program.This broad clinical exposure is then blended with a strong academic curriculum to complete a well-rounded training.