Residency in the Division of Thoracic Surgery

This program is designed for surgeons who have completed their postgraduate training in General Surgery and are at least American Board or Royal College Examination eligible.  They must have had an approved Senior Residency year in General Surgery.

Presently, this is a 2-year General Thoracic Surgical Training experience leading to eligibility for accreditation in General Thoracic Surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.  The applicant wishing to take these exams should note the pre-requisites required prior to the one year of senior General Thoracic Surgery training.

You are required to participate in clinical research projects.

The mandatory content of training in General Thoracic Surgery is as follows:



sites in which training may occur

Thoracic Surgery

6 months (junior), 12 months (senior)

University Health Network (Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital) St Joseph’s Health Science Centre, Michael Garron Hospital

Cardiac Surgery

4 months

University of Toronto Approved Hospitals: St Michael’s Hospital, Sunnybrook and Women’s Health Science Centre, Toronto General Hospital


3 months

University Health Network

Once you meet your requirements from the 1st year, you may request elective rotation experience during your training.  This is usually discussed during your first year in the program.  Requests for electives are considered by the Residency Program Committee.  Generally requests are granted if the resident is performing at or above expectations on their mandatory rotations.  One month ambulatory elective may be taken during either the first year but the one month transplant rotation is available only at the end of the second year.

Unique programs include our ITSS Program (Interventional Thoracic Surgical Suite) where we perform EBUS and other innovative endoscopic procedures, Pulmonary Endarterectomy Program, Mesothelioma Program and Lung Volume Reduction Program.  For more detailed information on our programs please click here (2.0 – About Thoracic Surgery Link)

The selection of residents usually takes place in February for the following year.  The application deadline is February 1st in the year prior to beginning training.  On March 1st candidates are notified of their acceptance and have until March 7th to finalize their decision. 

Laura Donahoe, MD MSc FRCSC, is the Program Director for Thoracic Surgery at Toronto General Hospital at the University of Toronto. 

For further information you may contact our Program Administrator:

Ms.  Emily Esteban
200 Elizabeth Street, 9N – 939
Toronto ON M5G 2C4
Phone- (416) 340-4798
Fax – (416) 340-3478