Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center  

Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center

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Overview

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 Paul A. Chang, senior scientist, in conjunction with Dr. Robert C. Robbins, former chairman, and the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford, the goals of the Center are:

Instructors

High School & Pre-medical Student Summer Internship

high school students in lab
High school and pre-med students performing 3D echocardiograph

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. More »

Cardiothoracic Resident Training Program

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

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Cardiothoracic residents in
wet lab

Contact

For more information, please contact:

Paul Chang, Senior Scientist
Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Laboratory
Director of Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center
Falk Cardiovascular Research Bldg.
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
300 Pasteur Drive CV-005
Stanford, CA 94305-5407
Phone: (650) 725-0298
Email:
Fax: (650)498-6346

Grace Ahsan, Program Manager
Stanford University School of Medicine
Falk Cardiovascular Research Bldg.
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
300 Pasteur Drive CV-015
Stanford, CA 94305-5407
Phone: (650) 725-3836
Email:
Fax: (650) 498-6346

NOTE: All correspondence should be directed to Grace Ahsan

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