VATS Fellowship in General Thoracic Surgery

The VATS Fellowship in General Thoracic Surgery is an opportunity to receive appropriate training in VATS. This includes gaining all the necessary knowledge and competences to safely perform VATS Lobectomies. This Fellowship enables the successful Fellows to compile the necessary training in all aspects of lung cancer surgery to be able to achieve the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (Membership and General Thoracic subspecialty) during or after completion of the Fellowship.
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  • Location:

    Odense University Hospital, Denmark

  • Duration:

    3 months

  • Start Date:

    From January 2025

Fellowship Overview

This three month Fellowship will take place at the Odense University Hospital – a relatively large European centre for lung cancer surgery and host to several, annual international VATS lobectomy symposia several times annually.

Trainees will be involved with daily hands-on experience in a stepwise training process that will eventually allow them to safely perform VATS lobectomy in patients undergoing resection for early-stage lung cancer. The Fellowship will assist in the management of patients with special focus in minimal invasive thoracic surgery.

The successful Fellows will participate in daily morning departmental sessions in which the entire surgical staff discuss the surgical patients followed by rounds. Supervising staff and surgical colleagues will adapt communication in English, where needed.


Section 1 aspects of the EBCTS Syllabus covering principles of general thoracic surgery and critical care.

Section 2 aspects of the EBCTS Syllabus related to the Generality of Surgery, Critical Care and Thoracic Surgery will be covered.

The academic part of the Fellowship will be delivered via seminars, lectures and individual lessons (provided by the staff surgeons and international faculty) for a continuing change in topics covering all aspects of thoracic surgery such as, but not limited to:

  • Lung Cancer Screening
  • Role of Sub-Lobar Resection Stage I NSCLC
  • Pancoast Tumor Management
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Tracheal Esophageal Fistula
  • Carinal Resection and Reconstruction
  • VATS for Lung Cancer – Incision Choice and Dissection Techniques
  • Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery
  • LN Dissection For NSCLC
  • Management of Complications of Lung Resections
  • Management single station N2 NSCLC
  • Management Strategies for Thymic Tumors
  • Minimally Invasive Thymectomy
  • Management of Refractory Empyema
  • Management of Bronchopleural fistulas
  • Chest Wall Reconstruction

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the contemporary indications for VATS lobectomy in the generality of the specialty
  • Learn to use all the invasive and non-invasive tools for a safe delivery of VATS lobectomy
  • Develop organisational skills, leadership management and integrate all hospital and health care individual resources for the benefit of the patient and community
  • Understand the need for specific protocols development and use in the field of cardiovascular surgery

Specific Learning Objectives

  • Obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver a VATS lobectomy in patients treated for early-stage lung cancer.
  • Obtain the knowledge and clinical judgment necessary to obtain the EBCTS membership and Fellowship.


An award of up to €10,000 for the three month placement will be granted to cover the travel and living expenses for the Fellowship period.

In addition you will receive free registration to the EACTS 2025 Annual Meeting along with a travel bursary to attend the meeting.

Application and Selection

In order to apply for this fellowship there are some essential criteria you must meet:

  • Be an EACTS member with up-to-date membership payment
  • Be in the last year of training or within the first four years after completing training
  • Be fluent in English

Applicants who possess the following desirable criteria would be of particular interest:

  • Previous experience in VATS
  • Possibility of applying the knowledge and abilities acquired during the fellowship in home practice

In order to complete your application, you must submit the following documents*:

  • Letter of support from current Head of Department/Training director (if in last year of training)
  • Letter of interest (detailing the way in which you meet the application criteria, your career aspirations along with how you are in a position to apply the skills and knowledge obtained during the Fellowship in your own centre)
  • CV – detailing publications
  • Operative experience

*Please ensure that all documents submitted are written in English, and that they are submitted either as word documents or PDF. We do not accept images or handwritten applications. We are unable to provide advice or guidance about visa applications, so please ensure that you understand the visa requirements before applying for this Fellowship.

Evaluation and Feedback

There will be periodic communication with the Fellowship manager to ensure feedback from the fellow.

At the end of the Fellowship, the Fellows will produce a full report on their experience based on the Francis Fontan Fund Committee guidelines.

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