Thoracic Surgical Oncology (S-125)


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.

Prerequisites Other than Third Year Rotations



One module

Students per Module

Maximum of one

Elective dates (students applying through VSAS should refer to calendar information there)

B (August 1 - August 26) (Closed to international students)
C (August 29 – September 23 (Closed to international students)
D (September 26 - October 21)
E (October 24 - November 18)
F (November 21 - December 16)
G (January 3 - January 27)
H (January 30 - February 24)
I (February 27 - March 24) (Closed to international students)
J (April 3 - April 28)
K (May 1 - May 26)
L (May 29 - June 23) (Students must receive permission to apply from the Medical Student Coordinator prior to submitting an application)