Program Specifics

The program accepts two fellows each year in categorical positions for a two year fellowship training program. Fellows rotate on the thoracic surgical service, the adult cardiac surgery service at the Ross Heart Hospital and the congenital heart service at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Fellows enter the program in July and will spend six months on thoracic surgery rotations and six months on adult and congenital heart surgery rotations in the first year. During the second year, each fellow will serve as a leader of the cardiothoracic surgery service and be responsible for directing the service and delegating responsibilities for patient care and operative coverage. This includes the responsibility for directing multi-disciplinary rounds with physician assistants, nurse practitioners, surgical associates, fellows and medical students.

At the completion of the second year it is our expectation that fellows will be competent to perform both routine and complex surgical procedures including adult coronary revascularization, routine and complex valve procedures, complex aortic reconstruction, open and minimally invasive thoracic lung resections, esophageal surgery for benign and malignant disease, chest wall resections and reconstruction and have exposure to minimally invasive percutaneous valve procedures, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation.

Goals and Objectives


The goal of this training program is to prepare physicians to function as well-qualified, independent specialists in cardiothoracic (CT) surgery. The faculty is committed to the education of the CT fellow in basic science and clinical surgery as it relates to cardiothoracic surgery. We hope to instill in our trainees with the essential elements of success for a career in cardiothoracic surgery including honesty and integrity, objectivity, self-motivation, curiosity, timeliness and a sense of responsibility.

The cardiothoracic surgery fellowship encompasses adult and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Objectives of this surgical specialty include the mastery of cardiac and thoracic procedures such as bronchoscopy, thoracotomy, pulmonary resection, pericardiocentesis, coronary bypass, valve repair and replacement, thoracic transplantation and pediatric cardiac surgery. The fellow is expected to demonstrate competent surgical skills to the faculty. Through graded progression over the course of training, the CT fellow will assume more responsibility for critical portions of operative procedures. He or she will be exposed to diagnostic tests appropriate to each condition and will develop an appreciation for the interpretation of these tests including echocardiography, nuclear scans and pulmonary function tests.

Through repetitive exposure to the decision-making process regarding critical care and operative therapy versus medical therapy, it is expected that the CT fellow will develop an understanding of clinical situations to create therapeutic plans and management strategies for his or her own patients. He or she should display a facility in oral and written communication, and will be responsible for maintaining a smoothly functioning service with attendings, general surgery fellows, nursing staff and secretarial staff.

Goals and objectives for each year and rotation

Goals and objectives for each year and rotation

The training program will follow the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA) core curriculum guidelines and didactic education will occur on a scheduled weekly basis. The specific year objectives to implement the curriculum goals for the adult cardiac surgery rotation, the adult thoracic surgery rotation and the pediatric cardiothoracic surgery rotation are described in the sections below.
Adult cardiac surgery rotation

Adult cardiac surgery rotation

The adult cardiac service component of the CT Surgery Fellowship program comprises the bulk of the time spent in the training program (one full year). The fellowship program starts a fellow every six months and the first rotation for the starting fellow is the adult cardiac service. The fellow who is finishing the program is also on the adult cardiac service and is the chief fellow of the service. The six-month stagger start for the program allows every Fellow to have this valuable experience.

The chief fellow is responsible for organizing the fellow component of teaching conference as well as creating the on-call schedule. He or she is also responsible for leading rounds both in the morning and evening and assigning residents for the operating room, outpatient clinics and coverage for transplantation.

All fellows participate in twice-daily rounds on the service. They will coordinate the care of the patient from admission to discharge with the attending physician, consulting physicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Competency-based performance objectives:
Adult thoracic surgery rotation

Adult thoracic surgery rotation

The general thoracic surgery component of the two-year CT surgery fellowship at The Ohio State University is concentrated in a six-month block. The fellow functions as the senior fellow on the thoracic surgery service during the rotations and has full responsibility for postoperative care and consultative services. The fellow participates in preoperative evaluation with the attending faculty and is involved with operative planning.

The structure of the six-month rotations includes participation in the outpatient setting as well as the operating room.

Competency-based performance objectives:
OSU pediatric cardiothoracic surgery: children’s hospital rotation

OSU pediatric cardiothoracic surgery: children’s hospital rotation

During the two, three-month rotations at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the CT surgery fellow is the senior house officer involved in the multidisciplinary approach to patient management. There are two weekly management conferences: a two-hour surgical conference on Wednesdays and a two-hour catheterization conference held on Fridays. Attendance is mandatory.

Both the CT surgery fellow and cardiology fellow will have a more significant level of responsibility for patient management under supervision from the attending CT surgeons and cardiac intensivists.

Competency-based performance objectives:

Current Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellows

Current Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellows

Application Process

The Ohio State Cardiothoracic Surgery training program accepts online applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the Association for American Medical Colleges (AAMC). When applying online, please include our 10-digit program code for FREIDA: 460-38-21-077.

For standard application forms, contact:

National Resident Matching Program
2450 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20037-1127
Phone: 202-828-0566
Fax: 202-828-4797

For more information about the program contact:

Robert Merritt, MD
Program Director
Robert.Merritt@osumc.edu

Corey Ferguson
Program Coordinator
Corey.ferguson@osumc.edu 

Address:
Cardiothoracic Surgery
c/o Corey Ferguson
N846 Doan Hall
410 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-293-0333

Resident candidate interview information

Please utilize ERAS/MATCH system to apply for the program year beginning July 2018.

More details coming soon.

Interview location:
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
N846 Doan Hall
410 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

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About the Program

Our goal is to be the one of the top academic cardiothoracic surgical training programs in the region and among the top programs in the nation. In order to accomplish this goal, we have assembled a highly skilled and committed faculty to support the three key areas of the educational mission at The Ohio State University — patient care, education and research.

Dr. Robert Merritt, has assumed responsibility for the fellowship training program. In partnership with the outstanding faculty at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, including Dr. Mark Galantowicz, Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, this program is positioned to take a leadership role in cardiothoracic surgical education of the future.