Resident Education Program in Thoracic Surgery



Before admission to our Thoracic Surgery Residency Program, the resident applicant must have documented completion of a general surgery residency program accredited by either the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Application Process
All applicants are required to apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), participate in our interview process, as well as participate in the National Resident Matching Program. All documents must be received by the program via ERAS by January 31, 2015.

Complete applications include:
1.    ERAS Common Application Form
2.    Curriculum Vitae
3.    1 Letter of Recommendation from Program Director or Dean
4.    Minimum of 2 additional Letters of Recommendation
5.    Official Medical School Transcripts
6.    Personal Statement
7.    USMLE Transcript with Scores (Steps I, II, III)
8.    ABSITE Transcript with Scores
9.    Valid ECFMG Certificate (if you graduated from medical school outside of the U.S. or Canada).
10.   MSPE

International Medical Graduates

International medical graduates are required to provide documentation of certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) at the time of application to the program.

Residents accepted into the program are required to be authorized to work in the United States.


An interview is an essential part of our resident selection process.  Upon completion of the ERAS application, all materials are reviewed carefully and interview invitations are extended to selected candidates. Residency interview dates for 2015 (for positions beginning July 1, 2016) are scheduled for February 19th and 20th, 2015.


Vanderbilt University pays the premium for HIV Indemnity Insurance, Workers Compensation, Professional and General Liability Insurance, Accident Travel, and Long Term Disability (Basic). Health insurance with national providers, dental insurance and life insurance are available at significantly reduced rates to residents. Retirement contributions are placed in a 403(b) account and matched "dollar for dollar" (up to 5% of gross income) by the medical center. Additional information on benefits available to residents may be found by visiting the Office of Graduate Medical Education's website.

Contact Information

Dana Saxton, M.A., PHR
Education Specialist
Department of Thoracic Surgery
609 Oxford House;1313 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37232-4682
Office: (615) 343-2951
Fax (615) 936-7003
Email:  dana.saxton@vanderbilt.edu

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