Resident Education Program in Thoracic Surgery

Residency Application Process


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.


Residents entering the program must have a visa status that allows them to complete all three years of the program.  The program provides J-1, H-1B and E-3 visa sponsorship only; all other international persons must independently obtain US employment authorization documents.  All persons needing J-1 visa sponsorship will work with the GME office to obtain the necessary documents from ECFMG.  All persons needing H-1B or E-3 visa sponsorship will work with the International Services Office (VISIT) to obtain the visa status approval.  The visa status and employment authorization of each international resident will be reviewed by VISIT to ensure that they allow for all three years of the residency program to be completed.

Application Process

To be considered for a residency position starting July 1, 2016, in the Vanderbilt Thoracic Surgery Program, all applicants are required to apply through the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service), participate in our interview process, as well as, take part in the National Resident Matching Program. All documents must be received by the Program via ERAS by January 31, 2015.

Complete applications will 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


Residency interview dates for 2015 (for positions beginning 7/1/16) will be scheduled in February 2015.  An interview is an essential part of our resident selection process.  Upon completion of the ERAS application process, our Program Director will review all materials carefully and extend interview invitations to selected candidates. Each candidate selected will be sent an invitation from our committee with a choice of interview dates. First choices will be honored in order of receipt.

Applicant Information

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity institution offering excellent benefits for all employees. 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.

Contact Info

Address Questions to:

Dana Saxton

Residency Education Coordinator
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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