University of Michigan thoracic surgery training programs provide broad clinical experience, the deep resources of a top academic medical center, and instruction by talented and dedicated surgeon educators for prospective thoracic surgeons.

Our residency programs provide the thoracic surgical trainee with:

  • Tailored options: In addition to the integrated cardiothoracic 6-year residency program and 2-year traditional fellowship, we also offer a 1-year advanced practice fellowship option, where fellows gain additional focus and clinical experience in general thoracic, adult cardiac, or thoracic transplant surgery while functioning as a junior faculty member.
  • Expertise in all aspects of thoracic surgery: With experience and excellent case volume in adult cardiac surgery, general thoracic surgery, and congenital cardiac surgery, we offer balance paired with the opportunities to specialize in any of those fields.
  • Faculty invested in teaching and learning: We emphasize a “train the trainer” approach in our education programs, preparing residents and fellows to be excellent clinicians as well as excellent instructors themselves. Whether you go on to academic medicine or private practice, our graduates are prepared to lead in the field with a comprehensive understanding of the specialty.

Ask Us Anything Webinar Series

The Department of Surgery will be hosting a series of webinars for those interested in becoming a surgical resident at Michigan Medicine. These webinars will give applicants a chance to meet the chair, Dr. Justin B. Dimick, and to hear about our different programs for residents around the Michigan Promise, academic development time, mentorship and professional development.

October 29, 5-6 PM (EDT): Meet the Chair

If you’re wondering what a surgery department is like, there’s no better person to ask than the Chair of Surgery. Meet Dr. Dimick and and learn about our programs and our culture in the Michigan Medicine Department of Surgery.

Speaker: Justin Dimick, MD, MPH

Register for the 10/29 event →

November 5th, 5-6PM (EST): The Michigan Promise in Surgical Residency

Take a look inside the Michigan Promise and how it is building a new foundation for surgical residency.

Register for the 11/5 event →

November 10th, 5-6PM (EST): Academic Development Time in Surgical Residency

Join our experts as we explore our research centers and cores and why Michigan is the place to be for surgeon-scientists.

Register for the 11/10 event →

November 18th, 5-6PM (EST): Optimizing Resident Professional Development and Achievement

Find out why mentorship is key to a successful residency program and what we are doing to ensure each individual reaches their highest academic potential.

Register for the 11/18 event →

Training Throughout Surgical Careers

Thoracic surgery education programs at Michigan Medicine begin at the undergraduate level and extend to professional development for peers and colleagues.

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate students can learn more about careers in thoracic surgery through shadowing opportunities coordinated by the SCRUBS and MShadow. Dr. Jules Lin, M.D., and Dr. Rishindra M. Reddy, M.D., coordinate our shadowing opportunities in the section. Undergraduates are also welcome to pursue research projects as part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP).

Medical Student Education

Thoracic surgery offers a competitive M4 sub-internship, as well as opportunities to join section faculty for research projects. Medical students have contributed to projects that resulted in peer-reviewed publications.

Residency & Fellowship

We offer an integrated 6-year cardiothoracic residency program and a 2-year residency with an optional 1-year fellowship experience. We also participate in training our general surgery residents during their 3rd and 5th clinical years. Residents will find a collegial environment with a high volume of challenging and diverse cases at Michigan Medicine. Our alumni frequently go on to take leadership roles in the profession.

Professional Development

We offer training in the da Vinci robotic surgery platform to colleagues who seek to develop their skills in robotic surgery equipment and techniques, many of which we foresee will replace other modes of minimally invasive surgery in the next 10 years.