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My name is Daniele, I'm still an undergraduate medical student from Italy and as soon as I finish i would like to apply for a cardiothoracic residency in USA, or this would be my hope at least. I've read some various passages in the forum but I still have some issues about this and I hope someone will be so gently to help me .

Have I to make USCE before finishing my study? If yes, as i suppose, what should I do to make this experiences? And who should I contact or refer to? I've read that they are important to obtain the letters of raccomandation which are needed for the matching, but this is a discovery that I've just made than I don't know what I have to do. Are there any other important things, other than an high score at the USMLE, that I must do to obtain my chance to be selected for a residency on this field?

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There is no cardiothoracic residency in USA, there is cardiology fellowship after your finish internal medicine residency or cardiothoracic surgery fellowship after you finish general surgery residency.

Yes. USCE is important. But it's not an absolute must. You can check University websites for elective opportunities.

If you apply right after graduation with great USMLE scores then you'll have good chances.

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Thank you for your answer and sorry for my ignorance. I would like to become a cardiac surgeon in the future, which path should I do in the US?

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You have to do 4 years of general surgery residency then followed by 2-3 years of cardiothoracic surgery fellowship.
For more information read here
http://www.nrmp.org/fellow/match_nam...cic/about.html

General surgery residency is competitive here in the US but you can still make it if you have super good scores in USMLE (240+).

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Isn't it 5 years general surgery then 3+ years in cardio thoracic?
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Isn't it 5 years general surgery then 3+ years in cardio thoracic?
it depends on the program - some are 5 years , and some are 7 years long general surgery program.
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Yes, cardiothoracic surgery residency programs DO exist. Probably because they are recent, that's why Sabio said no.
There are about 20 programs of cardiothoracic surgery 6 year programs. However, no international graduate matched in 2012. So the realistic pathway is to do it as a fellowship after general surgery residency. Cardiothoracic surgery fellowships are not competitive at all, 2-3 years in length.
General surgery programs are 5 years (some are 7 years, where obligatory 2 years of research are required in top 15-20 university programs).
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Yes, cardiothoracic surgery residency programs DO exist. Probably because they are recent, that's why Sabio said no.
There are about 20 programs of cardiothoracic surgery 6 year programs. However, no international graduate matched in 2012. So the realistic pathway is to do it as a fellowship after general surgery residency. Cardiothoracic surgery fellowships are not competitive at all, 2-3 years in length.
General surgery programs are 5 years (some are 7 years, where obligatory 2 years of research are required in top 15-20 university programs).
Where does it say 2 years of research in 7 years programs?

Please show me an example.

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The UCLA General Surgery Residency is a seven-year training program designed for residents with a a career interest in academic surgery. The program includes five years of clinical training and two years of research experience.
https://www.surgery.medsch.ucla.edu/.../default.shtml

Generally speaking, the two year research period is between the 3rd and 4th clinical years.
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it's called : "accelerated cardiothoracic surgery residency"


http://ctsurgery.stanford.edu/residencies/current.html
http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/surger...integrated.cfm
http://aats.org/TSR/Cardiothoracic-S...ic-surgery.cgi
http://www.ctsnet.org/sections/resid...s/res_ed-.html
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