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UNC Adult and Congenital Cardiac Surgery Physician Assistant Residency Program



This program is a 12 month postgraduate Physician Assistant residency that integrates didactic and clinical curriculum in the surgical specialties of Adult and Congenital Cardiac Surgery. The PA resident will receive intensive training that includes a strong knowledge base and surgical skill set focused in Adult and Congenital Cardiac Surgery. Training will ensure an equal exposure to both specialties and incorporate rotations in the OR, TICU, PICU, stepdown unit, ECHO lab, clinic, and catheterization lab.

Clinical curriculum will encompass the full spectrum of a surgical patient’s care, however, significant focus will be placed on obtaining surgical skills and operative experience. A PA resident is expected to develop competency in endoscopic vein harvest and surgical assisting on a wide range of Cardiac Surgery cases.

The didactic component will include surgical simulation, assigned readings, faculty led lectures, M&M conference, industry training and certification, and PA resident presentations.

A graduate from this PA residency program will possess the capability to diagnose, provide patient education, develop and implement a treatment plan, surgical assist intraoperatively, and manage the patient postoperatively.

Important Dates

● Accepting Applications: Spring 2024
● Start Date: Fall 2024, dependent on Licensure and Credentialing

Admission Criteria

An applicant must graduate from an ARC-PA accredited Physician Assistant program and pass the NCCPA board exam prior to beginning the residency program.

Applicant Selection Criteria

  • Personal Interview
  • Possessing a self motivated and driven personality
  • Personal Statement
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Completion and submission of all application components

Required Certifications

  • Required Licensure:
    North Carolina Physician Assistant License
    DEA License

Credentials Awarded

Upon completion of the UNC Adult and Congenital Cardiac Surgery Physician Assistant Residency program, the graduate will receive a certificate of completion from the University of North Carolina Hospital, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. The certificate will be signed by the Program Director, Medical Director, and Chair of the Department of Surgery.

How to Apply

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Submit the following to

  • CV
  • Personal Statement: provide a statement about a personal or professional experience that led to your interest in Cardiac Surgery.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (if recent grad: one letter must be from the PA Program Director, if currently employed as a PA: one letter must be from a current employer).

Contact Information

Program Director:
Kevan Haas PA-C
Office: 919-966-3382

Medical Director:
Dr. Thomas Caranasos
Office: 919-966-3382