The Integrated Six (I-6) Year Thoracic Residency

The Divisions of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Virginia together sponsor our nationally recognized academic training program for Thoracic Surgery. The thoracic surgery program has been training physicians in Thoracic Surgery since 1955 when William H. Muller Jr. MD established the program. Since that time the distinguished faculty members of the Division have continued the commitment to excellence in preparing physicians for careers in clinical thoracic surgery, teaching, and research.

The 6 year Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency program at the University of Virginia, approved January 2011, is designed for residents entering directly from medical school for training in cardiothoracic surgery. Upon completion of the six year program, residents will be eligible for certification by The American Board of Thoracic Surgery. There is one (1) position each year designated for the I-6 program.

The curriculum for the integrated program includes rotations in general surgery, the cardiothoracic ICU, trauma, cardiology and  interventional cardiology, and simulation training, interspersed with graduated rotations in cardiac, thoracic, and vascular surgery. The residency program runs concurrently with the established Thoracic Surgery residency program.

Residency applicants will be considered based on their individual ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and their motivation and preparedness for education in cardiothoracic surgery. Applicants from the following categories will be considered eligible for the program:

  • Graduates of a US or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME) or otherwise be qualified as specified below:
  • Graduates of a US college of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or
  • A graduate of a medical school outside the US and Canada who meets one of the following qualifications:
    • Has received a current valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) prior to appointment, or
    • Has a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Virginia
    • Institutionally, the Integrated Thoracic Surgery Program (I-6) sponsors J-1 Visa
  • USMLE step 1 and step 2 exams must be passed prior to appointment if matched with program

Eligible applicants will participate ONLY through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) process and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).