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General Surg. or Thoracic?

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by Romanella, May 5, 2002.

  1. Romanella

    Romanella Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2002
    Hi. I am wondering what the differences (if any) are between gen. surg. residencies and thoracic. Are they both the same amount of years, difficulty levels, etc...? Which would you take to become a cardiothoracic surg.? Would it be just thoracic or both thoracic & general surgery? Thanks a ton in advance! :D
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  3. The Pill Counter

    The Pill Counter Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 6, 2001
    cardiothoracic is a fellowship done optionally after general surgery (usually two years) for a total of 7+ years
  4. droliver

    droliver Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    May 1, 2001
    Actually, as of Dec. 2001 you do not have to finish surgery to be eligible to start cardiothoracic fellowships. This is the first step in a planned integrated 6-7 year residency
    (much like what is available with about 50% of the Plastic surgery training spots) which should see the first spots offered somewhere in a couple of years

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