Training & Education
Vascular Surgery Residency Training Program
The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in patient care, teaching and research. We are committed to our responsibility to educate future vascular surgeons and therefore education is an integral part of our daily activity.
The Vascular Surgery Residency Training Program is an Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) two year program and currently accepts one new resident per year (total of two residents at any one time). Dr. Alik Farber, the Chief of our Division, serves as the Program Director.
For over 30 years, the program has been providing trainees with a diverse and challenging clinical and surgical experience supported by innovative didactic and research opportunities. We are proud to maintain a healthy balance between open vascular surgery and endovascular therapy. This guarantees that our trainees, upon graduation, are competent open vascular surgeons. We have full access to state-of-the-art endovascular suites and have a robust endovascular practice.
Due to our unique and close relationship with the sections of interventional cardiology and radiology, our trainees have the opportunity to learn technical endovascular skills not only from vascular surgeons but also from other interventionalists, thus broadening their endovascular skill-set. We have a strong partnership with our Trauma Service allowing trainees exposure to the diagnosis and treatment of vascular trauma using both open vascular surgery and endovascular therapy.
Since we are committed to the academic mission, we expect our trainees to participate in academic endeavors during the course of their training. At the beginning of the residency our trainees choose to pursue several clinical research projects and are expected to both present their results at vascular meetings and author several manuscripts. We believe that this experience serves our trainees extremely well regardless of whether or not they eventually choose a career in academic medicine.
We have a robust multidisciplinary academic calendar which includes case conferences, journal clubs, didactic sessions on topics of controversy in vascular surgery and vascular laboratory conferences. Our trainees are expected to actively participate and play a leadership role in these conferences.
During each rotation, trainees continue development and completion of research projects and participate in didactic sessions.
- Vascular Medicine (Year 1: 2 months): The goal of the vascular medicine rotation is to have the trainee function as a member of the vascular medicine team, including an in-depth exposure to medical evaluation and comprehensive management of vascular disorders including different non-invasive modalities. Trainees will practice in the inpatient setting, outpatient setting and vascular laboratory.
- Endovascular Surgery (Year 1: 3 months): The goal of this rotation is to develop the knowledge, skills and application of the indications for diagnostic and therapeutic angiography as applied to diseases of the arterial, venous and lymphatic circulatory systems, exclusive of those circulatory vessels intrinsic to the heart and intracranial vessels. Trainees will complete the necessary number of procedures required to become credentialed and will become fully competent in the field of endovascular surgery.
- Veterans Administration (Year 1: 6 months): The goal of this rotation is to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of the medical science relative to the vascular system, including diseases of the arterial, venous and lymphatic circulatory systems, exclusive of those circulatory vessels intrinsic to the heart and intracranial vessels. In addition, trainees will have the opportunity to develop mature technical skills and surgical judgment through active participation in open and endovascular procedures.
In 2009 this rotation was extended from three to six months based on the positive feedback received from trainees.
- Neurology/Stroke/Neuro-interventional (Year 1: 1 month & Year 2:1 month): The goal of this rotation is to provide an opportunity to interact closely with the Stroke and Neurointerventional Service. In addition to participation in Stroke Rounds, trainees will have the opportunity to see patients at the time of presentation, review pertinent imaging studies, participate in the decision making regarding the indication for arteriography, gain exposure to the techniques of carotid/cerebral angiography, and participate in procedures and post-procedural care. They will learn cerebral angiographic anatomy and participate in intracranial diagnostic and therapeutic cases.
- Vascular Surgery (Year 2: 11 months): The goal of this rotation is to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of the medical science relative to the vascular system, including diseases of the arterial, venous and lymphatic circulatory systems, exclusive of those circulatory vessels intrinsic to the heart and intracranial vessels. In addition, trainees will have the opportunity to develop mature technical skills and surgical judgment through active participation in open and endovascular procedures.
All applicants must submit an application using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) (https://www.aamc.org/services/eras). In accordance with the ERAS policies, all applications should include at least three letters of reference, a medical school dean's letter, your curriculum vitae, photo (preferred but not required for identification during interview process), personal statement, most recent ABSITE score, and USMLE Step 1, 2 and 3 results or equivalent.
After review of all applications, selected individuals will be invited for a formal interview during March-April. In addition to the formal interview, applicants will have an opportunity to tour the facilities and meet current trainees.
For additional questions or information, please contact our Residency Program Coordinator, Ellen Spears, at email@example.com.