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Welcome to the Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center. The center provides classroom and hands-on basic-to-advanced cardiac surgical training through our Cardiothoracic Resident Training Program and our High School and Pre-medical Student Stanford Summer Internship that provides education to those interested in the field of cardiac surgery.

Hands-on Training

Surgical training traditionally has been based on an apprenticeship model, with the predominance of technical training in the operating room. However, the operating room may no longer be the ideal location for early surgical training because of ethical concerns, time constraints in the operating room, changes in resident work hours requiring more structured training, and more difficult procedures in higher risk patients. Further, training by supervised operating with attending staff provides little opportunity for practice and reflection and may not be appropriate with more advanced and complex procedures. Based on these concerns, the Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center focuses on providing needed training and practice outside the operating room.

Goals

Founded by the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford, the goals of the Center are:

  • to provide insight into the field of cardiac surgery to high school and pre-medical students considering cardiac surgery as a career
  • to provide basic training to medical students and cardiothoracic residents who are already passionate for and involved in cardiac surgery career training
  • to provide supplementary lab time to those requiring additional hands-on cardiac surgical training
  • to provide the above-mentioned training in a low-cost, donation-funded environment

Instructors

High School & Pre-medical Student Summer Internship

The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center Summer Internship is designed to educate high school and pre-medical students considering careers in science, medicine, and public health in basic and advanced cardiovascular anatomy and physiology as well as medical and surgical techniques that will be utilized in pre-medical and medical school. 

Cardiothoracic Resident Training Program

The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center focuses on providing cardiothoracic residents needed training and practice outside the operating room. 

Donations

Please consider partnering with us to further our High School and Pre-medical Student Stanford Summer Internship. First and foremost, we strive to make this program more readily accessible to all individuals, including those with less opportunity, through a robust scholarship and assistance program. We also wish to expand the scope and impact of the program by adding several new educational modules. Donations can be made online through our secure donation webpage.

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High school and pre-med students performing 3D echocardiograph

Cardiothoracic residents in
wet lab