Trends in the traditional cardiothoracic surgery resident operative experience for cardiac cases: An analysis of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education case logs.
To determine whether the changing cardiac landscape has affected traditional cardiothoracic surgery (CTS) resident case volume, particularly cardiac case volume.The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) case logs for traditional CTS residents from 2016 to 2019 were reviewed. Using linear and nonlinear regression, trends in the annual volume and proportion of CTS operations were examined.Overall, the average number of total and category-specific CTS resident cases have increased from 2016 to 2019. However, in general, the proportion of thoracic surgery cases has been increasing, and the proportion of cardiac surgery cases has been decreasing. In particular, the proportion of coronary atherosclerosis (-0.2546 per 100 cases/year; P