About the Program

Program Description

Newly established, with a first expected graduating class in fall of 2021, the residency program is a 12-month didactic and clinical training program for State-of-Florida licensed, and Nationally Board-Certified PAs who are specializing in cardiothoracic transplant surgery. The program expands, and builds upon the basic training foundation provided during PA school to help prepare the resident for a career in cardiothoracic surgery. The PA Residents participate in all phases of care of the cardiothoracic surgical patient including pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care, in both in-patient and out-patient settings.

Institutional Affiliation

AdventHealth Transplant Institute is high volume center offering the full spectrum of cardiothoracic surgical care. In addition to revascularization, valve, and aortic surgery, the Postgraduate residency program will be have an emphasis on mechanical circulatory support, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and heart and lung transplant surgery.

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Residency Objectives

Upon completion, the PA Resident will have an in-depth understanding of general cardiac surgery with sub-specialty knowledge concentration in heart failure surgical options including: mechanical circulatory assist devices, transplantation, and extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation. The successful graduate will develop intensive care unit and step-down unit clinical management skills, and independent first assistant operative skills.

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Brian Cardona PA

Education Coordinator

Program Information

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Application Process

Application Components

  • Completed Application form
  • Application Fee $25.00
  • Personal Statement – 1 page in length, expressing career goals and source of interest in cardiothoracic surgery
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation: For recent graduates, 1 Letter must be from the PA Program Director. For established PAs, 1 letter must be from the current employer
  • Official PA Program TranscriptsCalendar of events
      • Application Deadline: March 15th
      • Interview Notification: March 20th
      • Interview Dates: Early April
        • Interview-related expenses are the responsibility of each candidate
      • Selection Notification: April 10th
      • Commitment to Program: April 20th
  • Dates are subject to change

For More Information

AdventHealth Transplant Institute, Post Graduate CT PA Surgical Residency


Program Director

2415 North Orange Avenue, Suite 600

Orlando, Florida 32804


Bradford Ledzian, Program Director
2415 North Orange Avenue
Suite 600
Orlando, FL 32804