About the Children's Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Program

Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Program in the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta’s Heart Center at Children’s Egleston Hospital, Emory University Hospital and Emory University School of Medicine is a 2-year program that offers extensive experience in pediatric and adult congenital cardiothoracic surgery. The Children’s pediatric cardiac surgical practice is extremely active, performing approximately 900 operations each year, with outcomes exceeding the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) benchmark in all Society of Thoracic Surgeons-European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (STAT) categories. We additionally perform approximately 15 pediatric heart transplants and 10 pediatric assist devices each year, and the adult congenital cardiac surgery practice averages more than 80 cases annually at Emory University Hospital.

As senior member of the house staff team, the pediatric cardiothoracic surgery fellow is supported by physician assistants, nurse practitioners and an Emory University thoracic surgery resident. The abundance and variety of cases—combined with the availability of three operating rooms each day, 30 dedicated cardiac intensive care unit (ICU) beds and 34 dedicated cardiac acute care (CACU) beds—help ensure that the fellow will have ample opportunity for a robust surgical experience. We have an extensive curriculum that follows Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA) core topics and ACGME requirements. Ample research opportunities exist with administrative support, and trainees are provided frequent direct and indirect feedback in order to successfully complete their training.

Despite the extremely competitive nature of the national job market in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, many of Emory University's recent graduates have secured positions at institutions like the University of Virginia, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta/Emory University, Rainbow Babies, Methodist San Antonio, Dallas Fort Worth, Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute, Connecticut Children's Hospital, University of Florida and Texas Children's Hospital.

Apply to the Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Program

Candidates who have completed an ACGME-accredited cardiothoracic surgery residency are eligible to apply for the Children’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Program. All applicants must register through SFMatch. Applications are accepted through July 31, and interviews will be held between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30.

For additional information on the application process, visit the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association.

Direct all training verification requests to Barbara Bradshaw, program coordinator at the Children's Heart Center.

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