Operative Credit

Credit will be allowed for supervised operative experience in a well-organized teaching setting only when the following criteria are met:

        a. The resident participated in the diagnosis, preoperative planning, surgical indications, and selection of the appropriate operation;

        b. The resident performed under appropriate supervision in a well-organized teaching setting approved by
             the RRC-TS those technical manipulations that constituted the essential parts of the procedure itself;

        c. The resident was substantially involved in postoperative care including critical care.

Supervision and active participation by the thoracic surgery faculty are required in preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care.

The Board also emphasizes that first-assisting at operations is an important part of resident experience, particularly in complex or relatively uncommon cases.