Commentary: Our Field is Competitive Again: Quo Vadimus?

      Cardiothoracic (CT) surgery is becoming increasingly competitive. This warrants careful planning in order to ensure a continuous and optimum supply of CT surgeons in the context of increasing demand.
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      • Recent Changes in Characteristics of Applicants and Matriculants to Thoracic Surgery Fellowships
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          The match rate for traditional thoracic surgery fellowships decreased from 97.5% in 2012 to 59.1% in 2021, reflecting an increase in applications. We queried whether characteristics of applicants and matriculants to traditional thoracic surgery fellowships changed during this time period. Applicant data from the 2008 through 2018 application cycles were extracted from the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) and Graduate Medical Education (GME) Track Resident Survey and stratified by period of application (2008–2014 vs 2015–2018).
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