This rotation takes place exclusively at the University Hospital. It is a 2-month rotation which generally is completed during the CA-2 year. There is also opportunity to sign up for extra months on this rotation electively during the CA-3 year.
The cardiac surgery service provides approximately 900 heart cases per year, with the typical challenging cases that are referred to a tertiary care center. Approximately 1/3 of these cases are pediatric, including neonatal heart transplants, which our facility helped pioneer. In addition, several hundred thoracotomies are performed each year for pulmonary and esophageal procedures. We have a very active cath lab which performs all variety of intravascular procedures from neonates to geriatrics, including pacemaker/AICD placement, EPS and ablations, and septal defect closures.
Our attendings on this rotation are proficient in intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), many have achieved testamur status, and some have received board certification. Residents on this rotation are thus given an exposure to basic echocardiography during their two months. More advanced instruction in TEE is provided to the CA-3 resident who elects additional subspecialty training in cardiothoracic anesthesia.
This rotation is co-directed by Stanley D. Brauer, MD, and Michelle L. Schlunt, MD.