OR 1To improve health care in the future, we provide rigorous training for residents and medical students.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency - Residents become skilled in the full range of cardiac, thoracic and esophageal repairs, with graduated responsibility for the care of patients.

3-Year Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency - UNC's 3-year Cardiothoracic Surgery residency is begun after completion of a General Surgery residency. The 3-year program is being phased out as the 6-year program grows and the last 3-year residency started in 2011; no more residents will be admitted to this program.

6-Year Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency - In 2010, UNC began a new, integrated 6-year residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery; residents enter the program directly from medical school.

General Surgery Residents - UNC General Surgery residents rotate on both the thoracic (post-graduate year 1) and cardiac (post-graduate year 2) surgery services.

Medical Students - Medical students are usually on our service for a two-week period during their third year. They participate in all functions of the service. Some students do a sub-internship during their fourth year. With the Department of Physiology, we offer the Physio-heart surgery selective (PHSSL) for first-year students, and our faculty members frequently lecture to medical students.