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Thoracic Surgical Oncology (Course Code: S-125)

Elective Course Description

This is an intensive four-week experience designed to introduce the motivated student with an interest in surgery to the rapidly expanding field of thoracic surgery. The student will be exposed to all facets of thoracic surgical oncology through a structured four-week curriculum under the guidance of a dedicated preceptor. Over the course of the month, the student will become acquainted with the contemporary management of diseases of the lung, esophagus, mediastinum, airway, and chest wall. The student will be an integral part of the thoracic surgery team. Hands-on experience is emphasized, and responsibility is afforded commensurate with the individual’s abilities and experience. The didactic curriculum is supplemented by a number of service-sponsored conferences, and clinical decision making is further highlighted through weekly clinics. Familiarity with thoracic anatomy and the techniques of bronchoscopy, endoscopy, tube thoracostomy, thoracotomy, and other procedures is gained through assistance with procedures in the OR and bedside. Individuals with an interest in surgery and diseases of the chest will be exposed to one of the largest volumes of thoracic disease and enjoy an unparalleled educational experience. 

Learning Objectives: 


  1. Obtain a complete and reliable thoracic surgical history.

  2. Organize and deliver a clear, concise, and thorough oral presentation of a patient’s history and examination.

  3. Understand the basics of thoracoscopy and thoracoscopic visualization.

  4. Understand the basics of the diagnosis and management of lung cancer and esophageal cancer.

  5. Understand the basics of thoracic anatomy.

For the program calendar, please see the elective module dates section of our website.

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