Assistant Professor of Surgery
We have a dedicated educational program that includes didactic lectures following the V-SCORE curriculum, a vascular laboratory rotation, and a professional development lecture series covering topics such as leadership, negotiating contracts, and emotional intelligence in surgical training. Our residents regularly participate in clinical research during all years of training, and we fund two 1-year research positions between PGY2 and 3 years. Resident research has been recognized with numerous regional research awards, podium presentations at regional and national meetings and publications in peer-reviewed journals. Clinically our graduates have completed their training in the 90th percentile of case volume for the majority of defined categories. We maintain a 100% first-time pass rate for the vascular surgery boards.
Graduates of the University of South Florida Vascular training programs have established successful careers at major medical centers and in both academic and community practice, are well prepared to handle diverse and complex vascular surgical problems, and are leaders in the vascular community.
I invite you to explore our website for more information regarding our training programs, and encourage you to contact us directly with additional questions. We hope you will consider joining some of the finest vascular surgical trainees in the country.
The Integrated Vascular Surgery residency at USF is among the original such training paradigms, and we have been training residents since our ACGME approval in 2007. In 2013 we expanded our program to include two positions.
Our fellowship has been continuously accredited since 1992 and accepts one fellow every other year (previously one fellow each year, however, this has evolved to accommodate the expansion of our integrated residency and maintain the robust clinical volume and diversity for all of our graduates).
Integrated residents and fellows have shared clinical and administrative responsibilities. We have maintained a strong collaborative relationship between the two training pathways, with the strengths of each complementing each other. All of our graduates have gone on to succeed in academic, hospital-employed and private practices. We are fortunate that the case diversity and volume in our group’s practice continues to allow our graduates to not only meet but more often exceed the expected case requirements for vascular surgery.
All vascular surgery training takes place with core USF vascular surgery faculty at one of three sites. Residents and fellows are integral members of the vascular surgery team and participate in preoperative evaluation, operative planning, and execution, as well as post-operative care and follow-up. Trainees have continuous exposure to the inpatient evaluation and management of vascular disorders, ensuring the continual acquisition of skills and experience with progressive assumption of clinical responsibilities; residents and fellows spend one day per week in the outpatient clinic working directly with faculty.
Trainees in their PGY 4 through PGY 7 years rotate exclusively on vascular surgery rotations. Integrated residents complete a total of 18 months of core general surgery rotations with USF faculty, including rotations on general surgery, trauma and critical care, cardiothoracic surgery and transplant surgery.
Education is a priority for our trainees. The vascular team (fellows, residents, and faculty) meet Mondays from 7:00 to 11:00 for our protected educational conference series. This consists of an indications conference during which the cases for the upcoming week are reviewed, Morbidity and Mortality, and clinical case-based and professional development lectures. The Journal club is conducted monthly and includes a bio-statistics review series to support our residents’ ongoing research efforts.
Our professional development and resident wellness lectures include topics such as leadership, career development, contract negotiation, radiation safety, and operating room ergonomics. Residents and trainees are provided the necessary resources to succeed in their training (loupes, lead, textbooks, hand-held doppler). Our education curriculum follows the V-SCORE curriculum and Rutherford’s Vascular Surgery.
Trainees also participate in bimonthly simulation sessions at the USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). This is an important component of education and includes skills training in the fundamentals of endovascular and open technique through the use of simulators and cadaver labs. Residents and faculty also participate in a bimonthly open operative surgical conference in preparation for practice and certifying exams.
All residents and fellows participate in longitudinal research projects during their training, with funded opportunities to present at local, regional, and national meetings. Integrated residents participate in a VA-funded research year between their second and third years.
In addition to post-graduate training, USF vascular surgery is committed to undergraduate medical education. Students participate in vascular surgery as part of their third-year surgical clerkship and have the opportunity to gain additional experience during the Acting Internship in Vascular surgery, which is offered both in-person and in virtual formats. Please contact our program coordinator if you are interested in participating.
Applications for the Integrated Residency and Fellowship is accepted through ERAS. Our committee will review all applications and extend invitations to interview. We will be exclusively conducting virtual interviews this season.
Deadline for completion of your application is November 1.
Completed applications should include:
Tentative Virtual Interview Dates:
Please contact our program coordinator with any additional specific questions about the application process.