Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

One Medical Center Drive

Lebanon, NH 03756


Length of Program: 12 months

Starting date: September-August

Class Size: 2 Residents per class

Medical Director – Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Jock McCullough

Section Chief, Cardiac Surgery

Medical Director – Thoracic Surgery

Dr. David Finley

Section Chief, Thoracic Surgery

Program Director

Daniel Chentorycki, PA-C

Lead PA, Cardiac Surgery


Clinical Coordinator

Daniel Chentorycki, PA-C

Education Coordinator

Jennifer Farren, PA-C

Manager of Support – Cardiac Surgery

Nicole Coughenour



Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center:

Founded in 1893, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is a nonprofit academic health system that includes a 396-bed hospital with the only Level 1 trauma center and the only air ambulance service; the Norris Cotton Cancer Center; the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock; and is affiliated with several hospitals in New Hampshire and Vermont. In partnership with the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction, VT, Dartmouth-Hitchcock trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually and performs world-class research.


Our Program:

The post graduate PA residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was started in 2015. It was created first to create a pipeline of capable PAs in cardiothoracic surgery for employment at DHMC and second, to offer PAs the education and training necessary to become marketable in the competitive environment of Cardiothoracic PA employment. The program is in affiliation with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. The program is based out of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

The program is one-year in duration beginning in the fall. Two residents are accepted for the program. One resident will begin the program on the cardiac surgery service, the other resident on the thoracic surgery service. At each 3 month interval, the residents will rotate services. The final 3 months of the program the residents will choose the service they wish to function in as a fully capable team member: autonomously rounding and reporting on in-patients in the CVCC and ICCU, seeing clinic patients, and first assisting in the OR on each service with endoscopic vein harvesting in the cardiac OR. Also, within the final 3 months of the program, the residents may choose 2 two-week rotations on a service of their choosing.

Curriculum Outline:

The clinical and didactic curriculum are integrated within the rotations in cardiac and thoracic surgery.

Didactic: Residents will obtain 3-5 hours of didactic learning via weekly lectures, grand rounds, morbidity and mortality rounds, journal club, “image of the week” discussions, Thoracic Tumor Board Conference, and monthly “ask a surgeon” open format meetings. They will be expected to present 1-2 case studies during the final 3 months of the program.

Clinical: Residents are expected to perform daily rounds, present patients and implement the plan of care, give educational presentations, perform invasive diagnostic procedures and therapeutic procedures, and participate in all surgical aspect of the intraoperative care of cardiac and thoracic surgical patients. The first 2-3 months of the program they will have weekly clinical sim-lab lessons, with opportunities to perform these skills pre-op, intra-op and post-op throughout the program.

Financial Information:

Annual stipend: $70,000

Benefits: PA Residents are eligible for full and comprehensive benefits provided by D-H.

Equipment: The residency program provides educational materials including protective loupes, lab coats, textbooks, computer, handouts and internet access while in a D-H facility.

Travel: Interview related expenses are the responsibility of each candidate.

Housing: Housing and relocation are the responsibility of each PA resident.

Category 1 CME is available by participating in and attending lectures, conferences and grand rounds.


Program Admission Requirements:

  • Graduate of an accredited Master’s Degree PA Program
  • Eligible to pass (or have passed) the NCCPA certification (must have NCCPA certification by matriculation date)
  • Must obtain a Physician Assistant license in the state of New Hampshire once admitted to the program
  • Personal interview
  • Candidates invited to participate in on-campus interviews will be asked to complete the formal D-H online application process
  • A criminal background check and urine drug screen will be performed as a part of the pre-employment requirements for final selected candidates
  • Any offer of residency is contingent on final candidates successfully completing the standard D-H pre-employment checks and clinical credentialing process prior to matriculation.


How to apply:

Interested candidates should e-mail: ctpa.residency@hitchcock.org

Credential awarded:

Certificate of completion issues by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Sections of Cardiac Surgery and Thoracic Surgery signed by department and medical directors.

For more information, please go to our website at: http://d-h.org/ctparesidency/