Thoracic Surgery Match

Thoracic Surgery focuses on the treatment of diseases and injuries of the heart, lungs, mediastinum, esophagus, chest wall, diaphragm, and great vessels.  Additional information can be found through the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association at

Important Information

  • Applicants must have completed a residency in General Surgery
  • Thoracic surgery fellowships are two years in length (traditional format)

Important Dates

Feb 3

Match Opens at 12:00 p.m. ET

Mar 30

Ranking Opens at 12:00 p.m. ET

Apr 27

Quota Change Deadline at 11:59 p.m. ET

May 11

Rank Order List Deadline at 9:00 p.m. ET

May 25

Match Day at 12:00 p.m. ET!

Application Process

The NRMP is not a centralized application service.  Candidates are responsible for determining whether the specialty participates in a standardized application service such as the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) or whether they must apply directly to the programs of their choice.  Applicants must ensure they meet all program prerequisites and institutional policies regarding eligibility for appointment prior to ranking a program through the NRMP.