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).

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. Vanderbilt University provides J-1, H-1B and E-3 visa sponsorship only; there are no exceptions.


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. Each candidate that is invited will be given a choice of interview dates. First choices will be honored in order of receipt. Residency interview dates for 2015 (for positions beginning July 1, 2016) will be scheduled in February 2015.


A partial listing of benefits can be viewed at our Human Resources website. Applicants for employment as a Vanderbilt resident must successfully pass reference and background screenings as a condition of that employment. Additional information can be reviewed in the current House Staff Manual and the Graduate Medical Education website.

In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Vanderbilt University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, handicap, or military service in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; its admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other University-administered programs; or employment. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to the Opportunity Development Officer, Franklin Building, West Side Row, P.O. Box 1809, Station B, Nashville, Tennessee 37235. Telephone: (615) 322-4705.

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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