Our Approaches to Learning
In conjunction with the Department of Surgery, we are responsible for the education of 24 postgraduate year one (PGY-1) general surgery and surgery specialist residents providing care for patients with vascular disease. This is both a rewarding and stimulating activity. A major educational focus involves the training of our advanced vascular fellows in a two-year program that has completion of a general surgery residency as a necessary precursor. Similarly, we focus on training our integrated vascular surgery residents over a five-year span.
The vascular trainees must become not only familiar with, but expert in, the diagnosis and management of diseases of the arterial and venous systems. One measure of the quality of such training programs is the success rate of the graduates in passing the vascular board examinations of the American Board of Surgery. Over the past 10 years, our fellows’ record is nearly 100 percent. Faculty members also participate in the education of medical students through the core surgery clerkships as well as advanced electives. In addition, faculty are involved in continuing medical education (CME) activities, lecturing and sharing their expertise to other practicing physicians around the globe. The faculty gives nearly 100 academic presentations locally, nationally and internationally on a yearly basis.