The overall goal of the CTA Fellowship Training Program is to develop consultants with expertise in providing anesthesia care for patients undergoing cardiac surgery with and without extracorporeal circulation, and thoracic surgery including operations on the lung, esophagus, and thoracic aorta. The fellow will also become proficient in the care of patients undergoing non-operative diagnostic and interventional cardiac, thoracic, and electrophysiological procedures. Graduates of the fellowship program will be well equipped to succeed in either academic or private practice environments.
Specific skills which will be developed include the conduct of preoperative patient evaluation and interpretation of cardiovascular and pulmonary diagnostic test data, hemodynamic and respiratory monitoring, advanced-level perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), management of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), pharmacological and mechanical hemodynamic support, perioperative critical care, including ventilatory support and perioperative pain management. National Board of Echocardiography Board Certification in Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography is expected of all fellowship graduates.