This full integration of the care of cardiac patients ensures that cardiac surgical trainees are immersed in topics of interest common to all the cardiac specialties mentioned, and that surgical trainees have opportunity to interact closely with their future colleagues in medicine anaesthesia and critical care.
The research component of the section of cardiac surgery has undergone dramatic change since 2006, supported by recruitment and a refocusing on academic excellence. There are tremendous opportunities for research participation amongst the students and surgical trainees.
The cardiac surgical pre- and post-operative ward has a full complement of clinical and physician assistants to manage everyday patient issues in a setting of 24/7/365 responsibility. Hence, whenever students or house staff join our service, they receive an intensive educational experience. The 1200-1300 patients who move through the cardiac surgical program annually receive a full complement of cardiac surgical procedures, with the exception of cardiac replacement therapy.