CMC Thoracic

AAH Surgery Rotation Goals and Objectives

Thoracic Surgery Service – ACMC

Faculty Supervisor:  Paul J Gordon, MD

Faculty: Paul J Gordon, MD Sammy I Nawas, MD

Faculty: Resident Ratio 2:1

Patient Care 


The PGY-1 Resident on the Thoracic Surgery service will provide patient care that is compassionate, sensitive, and value-based.  Residents are expected to:


Under direct supervision, perform the following:



Chest tube Insertions

Port access for chemotherapy

Participate in multidisciplinary conferences for the treatment of thoracic malignancy


Under direct supervision, perform exploratory chest surgery

• Learning VATs port placement or Thoracotomy incisions 

Medical Knowledge 


Residents must demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care.  Residents are expected to:


Demonstrate an understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of following cardiothoracic diseases: • peripheral lung lesion

• hemoptysis

• pneumothorax/tension

• hemothorax

• thoracic malignancy

esophageal malignancy


Develop a personal program of self-study and professional growth with guidance from the teaching staff and faculty advisor. Journal Club Research Project M & M Conference Focused Observation Global Rating Procedure Log Daily Monthly Quarterly Participate in teaching and organization of the educational conferences and activities of the Department of Surgery and assume responsibility for teaching and supervision of the resident.

Practice Based Learning and Improvement


Residents must demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning. Residents are expected to develop skills and habits to be able to:


  • Identify and perform appropriate learning activities.

  • Use information technology to optimize learning.


The PGY-1 Resident on the Thoracic Surgery service. should demonstrate the ability to: Evaluate published literature in critically acclaimed journals and tests

Apply clinical trials data to patient management

Participate in academic and clinical discussions

Teach medical students and physician assistant students

Attend conferences

Interpersonal and Communication Skills


Residents must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and teamwork with patients, their families, and professional associates.

The PGY-1 Resident on the Thoracic Surgery Service will:

  • demonstrate an understanding and appropriate communication to all members of the healthcare team including residents and physicians from other services, APCs, nursing, and care management.

  • Effectively communicate the patient’s condition, interpretation of medical information and data, including laboratory and microbiology results, treatment plan and expected outcome.

  • Communicate effectively and compassionately with patients and family members.



Residents must demonstrate a commitment to professional behavior and a sensitivity to diversity and inclusiveness in providing ethical patient care.

The PGY-1 Resident on the Thoracic Surgery Service should:

  • Be receptive to feedback on performance

  • Be attentive to ethical issues

  • Be involved in end-of-life discussions and decision

  • Be sensitive to gender, age, race, and cultural issues

  • Demonstrate leadership

Systems Based Practice


Residents must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of healthcare, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal healthcare.

The PGY-1 Resident on the Thoracic Surgery Service will:

  • Be aware of cost-effective care issues

  • Be sensitive to medical-legal issues

  • Utilize information technology/computer resources available

Assessment Method (Residents)

  • MedHub assessment tool

  • Faculty

  • Peer to peer

  • Self-assessment

  • 360° (APC, nurses, and students)

  • At mid-rotation the supervisory faculty will review rotation goals and objectives with the resident to determine achievements and opportunities for improvement to date.

Assessment Method (Faculty and Program Evaluation)

  • MedHub rotation assessment at completion of rotation.

  • MedHub resident evaluation of faculty at completion of rotation.

Level of Supervision

Resident is always supervised by attending faculty during the rotation.

Educational Resources

  • Library text and journal material

  • Core curriculum conferences

  • Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery.

  • Journals and texts from surgical resident library.

  • Surgical simulation and training laboratory.

  • SCORE Curriculum e-learning

Teaching Methods

  • Faculty supervision in clinic, operating room and rounds for inpatients.

  • Core curriculum conferences.

  • Morbidity and Mortality/patient safety conference.

  • Weekly Thoracic Oncology Multidisciplinary tumor conference.

  • Journals and texts from surgical resident library.

  • SCORE Curriculum e-learning

  • Journal Club