Foundation courses aim to provide comprehensive overviews of subjects. Surgeons-in-training will have a unique opportunity to discuss clinical challenges with experienced faculty and peers from around the world. The curriculum formerly delivered at the European School for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery will now be presented as the Foundation courses. In addition, a series of Advanced Modules will be available.

The Foundation programme consists of the following core courses that take place each year.


Fundamentals in Cardiac Surgery: Part I 2-6 February
Introduction to Aortic Surgery 19-21 March
Thoracic Surgery: Part I 13-17 April
Fundamentals in Cardiac Surgery: Part II 8-12 June
Thoracic Surgery: Part II 7-11 December
Coronary Surgery 29 June - 1 July
Congenital Surgery 26-30 October
Heart Failure: State of the Art and Future Perspectives 9-13 November