Cardiothoracic Surgery


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Each Trainee is required to maintain a detailed log book of their operative experience for the duration of training.

Reports from the supervisor of the Cardiothoracic Training will be provided to the Board as another part of trainees' assessment.

You can download the Trainee Evaluation Form (PDF 62Kb). Please discard any older versions of this assessment form.

These assessments should be reviewed by the Supervisors of Cardiothoracic Surgical training at the Trainee's hospital on a regular basis and should also be submitted to the Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery every six months. The Trainee will receive feedback from the Board as a result of the log book and assessment report review.

All Trainees are required to complete DOPS in conjunction with other assessments as per the table below and these should be submitted to the Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery once each procedure has been completed. The Trainee will receive feedback from the Board at the time of logbook and assessment report review.

Effective until the end of 2016 training year.

Exposure & mobilisation of the long saphenous vein
x2 x3 x3 x1     9
Median sternotomy
x1 x3 x3 x2     9
Harvesting of radial artery
  x2 x2 x2     6
Dissection of internal mammary artery
  x3 x3 x3 x1   10
Aortic valve replacement
      x2 x2 x2 6
Coronary artery bypass grafting
    x2 x3 x3 x3 11
Mitral valve surgery
        x1 x2 3
Resternotomy for any indication
        x2 x2 4

Direct Observation of Procedural Skills in Surgery (Surgical DOPS)
Effective from 2017 Training Year

Sternotomy/Thoracotomy x2    
Conduit Harvest (Saphenous Vein or Radial artery or Internal Mammary artery) 
Exposure & Mobilisation of the long Saphenous Vein
  x3 x3 x1  
Median Sternotomy
  x3 x3 x2  
Harvesting of Radial Artery
     x2    x2 x2
Dissection of Internal Mammary Artery
     x3 x3 x3 x1
Aortic Valve Replacement
         x2 x2 x2
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
       x2    x3 x3 x3
Mitral Valve Surgery         x1 x2
Redo-sternotomy for any indication
        x2 x2
TOTAL at each SET level
 4 11 13  13 9 9

The number of DOPS indicated above:

  • Must be assessed by separate trainers.
  • The Total must be number of forms by number of separate trainers.
  • The total number specified applies to satisfactorily completed DOPS.
  • In a unit with less than 3 surgeons, consideration will be given to the required number of DOPS.
  • *For SET 1 trainees: Please also refer to 3.7.2 of the training regulations regarding the total number of assessments required by the end of SET 1.

Performance Management of Cardiothoracic Trainee on Probationary Training

The purpose of this performance management form (PDF 42Kb) is to assist the Trainee in improving his/her performance, where one or more significant deficiencies in performance have been identified. This form may be regarded as a performance contract.