All Thesis proposals should be formally submitted via the proposal for Thesis form (DOCX 36.63KB) to Cardiothoracic.Surgery@surgeons.org . Once the proposal is approved by the Cardiothoracic Surgery Research committee, you may then commence your research and submit it within four years of commencing training.
Thesis Requirements & Submission
- An original dissertation of 5,000-10,000 words, including references, created over a two year period (usually during SET 3 and SET 4)
- The thesis must be on a Cardiothoracic Surgery topic
- The thesis must be submitted within four years of commencing SET training
- If the Thesis is not submitted within this period, the Trainee will not progress to the next SET level.
- If the Trainee is on interruption during this period, the period of interruption will not be counted.
- The thesis should be able to be published
- A pass is mandatory
- A pass with commendation is recommended
- A case report or work written by other people would not be acceptable
- Consequence of failure would be for the Trainee to re-write the thesis providing the concept was acceptable
- The Trainee would not be eligible to present for the Fellowship examination until the thesis is completed to pass level
- Trainees should not require time out from their clinical work to write this thesis
- The thesis will be marked by a sub-committee, including at least one Committee member, as well as members of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Science and Education sub-committee.
- Trainees who have successfully completed a higher degree (PhD or Masters) are exempt from the thesis requirement. Trainees must supply their thesis title and acknowledgment of receipt from the University as proof of completion.