The Department of Cardiac Surgery at Cedars-Sinai offers an away rotation for congenital cardiac surgery at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) to ensure that residents from our ACGME Integrated Thoracic Surgery Program obtain excellent congenital surgery educational experience and operative volume.
CHLA is one of the largest programs in the U.S., led by Vaughn Starnes (chairman) and Cynthia Herrington (program director). The hospital campus is located within easy geographic reach for our residents, and has provided an outstanding educational experience, with uniformly excellent evaluations for faculty, didactic and operative content from our residents.
The faculty at CHLA are highly experienced educators. They currently host residents from the ACGME 6-Year Integrated Thoracic Surgery Program at the University of Southern California (USC), and congenital fellows. To maximize the educational experience, the block schedule has been organized so that the I-6 residents from each program do not overlap. There is more than sufficient case volume, and the difference in educational goals with the congenital fellows is sufficiently large that there is no difficulty ensuring all trainees obtain an exceptional grounding in congenital cardiac surgery.