Vascular Surgery

Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program Information

Thank you for your inquiry into the vascular surgery fellowship at UMMC. The Vascular Surgery Fellowship is a two-year fellowship intended to provide the vascular fellow a broad experience in identifying and treating a wide spectrum of vascular disorders.

The vascular surgery training program is designed to provide the trainee with in-depth study and management of vascular disease, as well as the opportunity to participate in the education of medical students and surgical residents. The Division of Vascular Surgery provides a two-year Residency Review Committee-approved Fellowship in General Vascular Surgery for training in diagnostic modalities and techniques covering the range of arterial reconstructive surgery, lymphatic disorders, endovascular procedures, vascular trauma, venous surgery, and amputation management. Participation in on-going research programs is encouraged during both years and our Fellows participate in non-invasive vascular testing in an ICAVL accredited vascular laboratory, and are encouraged to obtain their RVT/RPVI certification.

First year

The first year of the vascular surgery fellowship program is spent learning non-invasive vascular imaging, conducting research in the basic science vascular laboratory, as well as learning endovascular skills. Three months are spent in the noninvasive vascular laboratory learning interpretive skills of noninvasive vascular imaging as well as hands on performance of noninvasive vascular studies. Three months are spent on an endovascular rotation learning diagnostic arteriographic skills as well as endovascular therapy.

Second year

During the second year, the vascular fellow rotates between the two clinical vascular services during which the fellow will see a wide spectrum of vascular diseases under the direction of five board-certified vascular attending surgeons. Inpatient, outpatient and operative care are under the direction of the vascular fellow with close supervision by the attendings. The fellow can be expected to perform over 300 major vascular cases and over 400 arteriographic and endovascular therapeutic procedures.

Additional opportunities

In addition to the clinical responsibilities, the fellow presides over a weekly Vascular Conference and a monthly Vascular Surgery Journal Club. Fellows are active participants in Surgical Morbidity and Mortality Conference and Grand Rounds. At the end of the second clinical year of the fellowship, the fellow is expected to possess sufficient preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative experience to care for patients with peripheral arterial, venous, abdominal, visceral artery, renal artery, thoracic aortic, cerebrovascular and lymphatic disease.

It is expected that the fellow will pass both the certifying and qualifying exam of the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery and become a Registered Physician for Vascular Interpretation (RVPI).