84449 - Thoracic Surgery

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

Summarize the principles, applications and outcomes of thoracic surgical procedures.

Course contents

Learning outcomes

This eight-hour course aims to help the student to learn (TO KNOW PHASE) the key points of the general knowledge, in theory, and practice, of the thoracic surgery diseases. Inherently, the student will understand the primary and secondary diseases of the chest, the syndromes and common complications affecting this cohort of surgical patients.

At the end of the Thoracic Surgery Course the student will:

1-Be able to recognize common conditions affecting patients with thoracic disease amenable for surgery;

2-Understand the pathophysiologic basis for the symptoms produced;

3-Be able to state how patients present clinically, differential diagnoses, what diagnostic tool need to be considered during the pre-operative study (decision-making path) and possible complications;

4-Briefly know the meaning of the thoracic surgical approach (overview of the surgical techniques using images and short movies from my personal surgical archive or through certified websites)


Apart from this Course, it will be offered to the student to practice the basic surgical skills (TO SHOW and TO DO) during the dry and wet lab (Clerkship Course end of October 2019/beginning of November 2019).


Course contents

Pleural Diseases: definition, epidemiology, pathophysiology, classification, clinical, diagnostics and surgical approach. Pleural effusions (transudates versus exudates) Pneumothorax, hemothorax, chylothorax and Co. Primary tumors of the pleura.

Lung and Mediastinal Tumors: definition, epidemiology, pathophysiology, classification, clinical, diagnostics and surgical approach. Lung Cancer staging. Thymic Tumors. Esophageal Cancer

Infectious Disease: definition, epidemiology, pathophysiology, classification, clinical, diagnostics and surgical approach. Mycobacterial Infections Mycotic Infections. Parasitic Diseases

Chest Trauma: definition, epidemiology, pathophysiology, classification, clinical, diagnostics and surgical approach. Chest wall Airway and lung. Mediastinal organs


Updated teaching material, will be made available on the platform for teaching support service: https://iol.unibo.it/?lang=en


Suggested texbooks:

European Society of Thoracic Surgery Text Book

Link: http://www.ests.org/textbook/

Richard W. Light. PLEURAL DISEASES (2013) Wolters Kluwer Edts. 7th Edition

Link: https://shop.lww.com/Pleural-Diseases/p/9781451175998 )

Ernest E. Moore, David Feliciano and Kenneth L.Mattox “TRAUMA” (2017) Mc Graw Hill Edts. 8th Edition

Link: https://www.mhprofessional.com/9781259860676-usa-trauma-eighth-edition-group


Suggested websites:

https://www.ctsnet.org/techniques/thoracic [https://www.ctsnet.org/techniques/t]


Teaching methods

Interactive slide supported lectures with discussion breaks. Teaching materials and slides are made available to the students via the IOL (https://iol.unibo.it/?lang=en) platform at least the day before the lesson.

Attending lessons plays a pivotal role in the learning process. During lessons, the teachers guide the students throughout the critical reading of the teaching materials and provide opportunities for online formative assessment.

Attendance in learning activities is mandatory; the minimum attendance requirement to be admitted to the final exam is 66% of lessons. For Integrated Courses (IC), the 66% attendance requirement refers to the total amount of I.C. lessons. Students who fail to meet the minimum attendance requirement will not be admitted to the final exam of the course and will have to attend relevant classes again during the next academic year.

Professors may authorize excused absences upon receipt of proper justifying documentation, in case of illness or serious reasons. Excused absences do not count against a student’s attendance record to determine their minimum attendance requirement.

Assessment methods

The final exam/final summative assessment will be an oral exam/assessment consisting of questions focusing on the educational objectives and topics of the integrated course of Thoracic and Vascular Diseases (I.C.)

Professors of the integrated courses participate in an overall collegial assessment of the student's final profit. The final summative assessment is expressed with a scale of grades from 18 to 30.

  • The final assessment (final summative assessment) is passed with a collegial grade of a minimum 18/30
  • Honors (cum laude) can be awarded in case of a final maximum collegial assessment (30/30)
  • The credits of the Integrated Course of Thoracic and Vascular Diseases (14 CFU) are awarded a collegial grade of a minimum 18/30

If it is necessary to appoint several subcommittees for the same final summative assessment, the student has the right to ask, in advance, not later than the beginning of the assessment, to be assessed also by the professor responsible of the discipline

The final summative assessment takes also into account the level of mastery of the key concepts illustrated in the classroom, critical thinking and the ability to integrate the key concepts and take-home messages of the different modules of the integrated course.

Failure to pass the exam may be due to insufficient knowledge of these concepts.

Teaching tools

Students are encouraged to attend the lectures with a printout of the relevant file downloaded from IOL (https://iol.unibo.it/?lang=en) platform or bringing electronic devices to access the relevant material during the lecture. This will allow for easier interaction with the teacher when asked to discuss a problem.

E-learning material (including scientific literature and self-assessment tools) will be provided as well.

Office hours

See the website of Niccolò Daddi