Cardiothoracic Surgical Physician Assistant Post-Graduate Residency

The 2022 application period is now closed.

Please check back for our 2023 updates soon.

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Cardiothoracic Surgical Physician Assistant (CTPA) postgraduate residency is an intensive 12-month advanced training program. Your training will be comprised of didactic and clinical curriculums that will occur concomitantly. Our program will provide you with a solid foundation in the diagnosis and management of conditions common to cardiothoracic surgery patients and will include a robust intraoperative experience.

Surgeons in the cardiology operating room

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Clinical Postgraduate Program status to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Clinical Postgraduate Program for Cardiothoracic Surgery sponsored by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. 

Accreditation-Clinical Postgraduate Program is the status of accreditation granted when a new or currently accredited clinical postgraduate program is in compliance with the Standards for Clinical Postgraduate Programs. Accreditation-clinical postgraduate program remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards, ARC-PA requirements or procedures. 

Accreditation-Clinical Postgraduate Program does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. 

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

Upon completion of the program, our residents will have the skills to triage, evaluate, treat and manage cardiac and thoracic problems, and be an independent first-assistant in the operating room. They will master various techniques of conduit harvesting and preparation. In addition, our residents will have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to manage patients with Coronary Artery Disease, Aortic Valve Disease, Mitral Valve Disease, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Aortic Aneurysm, Lung and Esophageal Cancer, Thoracic Disease and Thoracic Trauma.

The goal of the program is to help you grow and develop the surgical, medical, and critical thinking skills required to build a successful career in Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Important dates

Event Date and time
Application period opens Fall 2022
Application period closes March 2023
Start of Residency Fall 2023 (exact date will be coordinated with selected candidates)

Credential awarded

Certificate of completion issued by Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Department of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery. Signed by the Medical Director, Program Director, and participating faculty.

Financial information

Physician Assistants Residents will be paid a competitive stipend and are eligible for full and comprehensive benefits provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock. The residency program provides educational materials including protective loupes, lab coats, textbooks, handouts, and internet access while in a Dartmouth-Hitchcock facility.

Category 1 CME is available for free by participating and attending lectures, conferences, grand rounds, journal club.