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Table 2 Required types and number of cases for cardiac and general thoracic surgery pathways for board certification in United States

From: Comparison of cardiothoracic surgery training in usa and germany

Cardiothoracic
Pathway
Requirements General Thoracic
Pathway
20 Congenital Heart Disease 10*
10 Primary  
10 First Assistant *All cases can be as First Assistant
150 Adult Cardiac 75
50 Acquired Valvular Heart 20
80 Myocardial Revascularization 40
15 Re-Operations 5
5 Aorta 0
15 Other 15
50 Lung, Pluera, Chest Wall 100
30 Pneumonectomy, lobectomy, Segmentectomy 50
20 Other 50
5 Mediastinum (resection) 10
15 Esophagus 30
10 Esophagectomy/Resection 20
0 Benign Esophageal Disease 5
0 Other 5
5 Benign Esophageal Disease/Other 0
15 VATS 30
255 Total 255
40 Endoscopy 90
20 Bronchoscopy 40
10 Esophagoscopy 25
10 Mediastinoscopy 25
100 Consultative Experience 100
50 New Patients 50
50 Follow-up 50
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