OHSU

Thoracic Surgery

OHSU's traditionally formatted two-year Thoracic Surgery Fellowship educational program is designed to emphasize the cooperation of cardiothoracic surgeons with other primary and specialty physicians to diagnose and treat lifelong disease states. This multidisciplinary team functions within a health care system toward economic and long-term outcome goals.

Fellowship Information

Program Director

Paul Schipper, MD, FACS, FACCP

Section Head for Adult Cardiac Surgery

Matt Slater, MD

Section Head for General Thoracic Surgery

Mithran Sukumar, MD

Program Coordinator

Jill Rose, BA
Secretary/Treasurer, Thoracic Surgery Residency Administrators and Coordinators Section (2014-2016), Thoracic Surgery Directors Association

Contact

Address
OHSU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Mail Code L353
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239-3098

Phone

503 494-4196

Fax
503 494-7829

Email

Number of Fellows per year (July 1 to June 30)

2

Application process

To qualify for a position in OHSU's Thoracic Surgery program, applicants must have completed a residency in General Surgery. Applicants must ensure they meet all program prerequisites and institutional policies regarding eligibility for appointment prior to ranking a program through the NRMP.

Application and interview dates

  • Application deadline for resident position beginning in July 2015 is January 18, 2014
  • Interview dates in February, March and April
  • Optional Friday shadowing opportunities on request
  • Friday night reception buffet at downtown restaurant
  • Saturday faculty presentations and one-on-one interviews with faculty
  • Match Day will be in June 2014

Applicants must register with both of the following

  • Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
  • National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)

Number of Faculty

8

Salary/Year

Dependent upon PGY level; 2013-2014 range: $64,200 (PGY6) to $67,200 (PGY7)

Case mix/number of cases

A table presenting the average number of ABTS cases per year per resident performed in our program can be found on the Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Case Mix/Number of Cases (55.14 KB).

Weekly clinical schedules include

  • General Thoracic Surgery clinic on Mondays
  • Interventional Cardiology/Cardiac Surgery Cath Lab on Thursdays
  • Multidisciplinary Lung Clinic on Thursdays

Weekly patient conferences include

  • VA Lung Tumor Board on Mondays
  • OHSU Surgery M&M Conferences on Mondays
  • OHSU Cardiothoracic Surgery M&M Conferences (2nd Mondays)
  • Cardiology Multidisciplinary Conference on Tuesdays
  • Esophageal Care Conference on Wednesdays
  • Pulmonary Radiology Conference on Wednesdays
  • Multidisciplinary Lung Conference on Thursdays
  • Interventional Cardiology/Cardiac Cath Conference on Thursdays
  • VA Multidisciplinary Cardiac Conference on Thursdays

Weekly curriculum reviews

  • Adult Cardiac Surgery on Mondays
  • General Thoracic Surgery on Fridays

Interaction with general surgery residents

The Thoracic Surgery fellow will be part of the surgical team and thus will interact with general surgery residents and medical students. The fellow will be expected to participate in teaching opportunities of the daily care of surgical patients.

Strengths of program

Leadership development is deemed to be one of the unique and important missions of our program. We believe surgical leadership is defined by the ability to guide and work with multidisciplinary (interdisciplinary) teams. We teach this process of leadership development. Residents leave this program with the tools for lifelong learning and growth as a person, as a surgeon and as a collaborator in the interdisciplinary system of health care delivery. Residents are part of the process. As they develop ideas that lead to improvements, they are encouraged to voice them (they attend the division faculty meetings) and good suggestions are implemented.

Faculty are outstanding and received 2013 OHSU Department of Surgery awards and recognition:

  • Department of Surgery Marquam Hill Teaching Award, Paul Schipper
  • Department of Surgery Distinguished Service Award, Matt Slater
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Cardiac Surgery Teaching Award, Howard Song

Read the Department Surgical Log of April 2013 (7.2 MB) for more detail.

Program Coordinator, Jill Rose, attended the 2013 Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education, Inc. (JCTSE) Educate the Educators Course and is active in OHSU GME activities.

Our program has frequent porcine heart, lung, and esophageal simulation events in our on-site surgery lab, VirtuOHSU.

We send our incoming fellows to TSDA Boot Camp.

Clinic or office experience

Fellows are required to attend clinic according to faculty schedules and will assume primary responsibility for diagnostic work-up and treatment plans. Fellows participate in rotations at two hospital sites: Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and the Portland Veterans' Affairs Medical Center (PVAMC), which has adult cardiac and general thoracic surgery rotations.

Outside rotations

No

Research year

No

Requirement for paper and presentation

Fellows are expected to select, research and present a systems-based clinical project at Surgery Grand Rounds in June of their 2nd year.

Fellowship Program Director

Academic Faculty, Paul Schipper, M.D.

Paul Schipper, M.D. is the program director for the Cardiothoracic Surgery fellowship and an innovator and researcher in chest and lung surgery. In 2012 he received the OHSU Faculty Excellence in Education Award and is a member of the School of Medicine Faculty Council.