Vascular Surgery

Introduction from the Program Director

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Thank you for your interest in the Vascular Surgery Training Program at the University of South Florida. We are committed to providing a comprehensive educational experience in all aspects of vascular disease, and cultivating an inclusive training environment. Our program offers both an integrated residency (0+5) and the fellowship (5+2) training paradigms. Trainees in our program have an outstanding clinical experience in both open and endovascular procedures, with high-volume, varied complexity operations encompassing the breadth of vascular surgery. Residents and fellows rotate between our major teaching hospital (level 1 trauma center, tertiary referral center) and two VA hospitals to gain a broad experience in all types of vascular pathology. 
Ottinger

Mary Ottinger, MD

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.

Vascular Surgery Training at USF

 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. 

 


  • Tampa General

    Hospital

    The vascular service at TGH (approximately 1000 beds) performs 2500 major vascular procedures annually. The practice is heavy with tertiary level cases including abdominal and thoracic aortic reconstruction, distal revascularizations for critical limb ischemia, treatment of infected vascular grafts, thoracic outlet procedures, and AV access, as well as numerous complex endovascular revascularization procedures. There are 2 vascular teams at TGH, each including a chief resident, PGY-3, PGY-1, and ARNP. Integrated residents (PGY 1-3) rotate on each service for 2-3 months each year. The PGY 2 and 3 residents provide comprehensive ICU management under the supervision of the vascular surgery faculty. The service has a dedicated vascular ICU, Hybrid OR and full privileges in the interventional radiology suites. The chief resident (PGY 4, 5, 6, or 7) is expected to lead his or her team in all aspects of patient care. There is a mix of open and endovascular procedures at all PGY levels. Each team covers their own cases in the operating room and in the endovascular suites.

    Additional responsibilities include outpatient clinics, vascular lab interpretation, clinical research, participation in didactic conferences, and rotations at our Comprehensive Vein Center. Call is typically 1/3 weekends and alternating days during the week.
  • James Haley VA

    Veteran Hospital

    [No tThe VA vascular service is one of the busiest vascular services in the VA system; annual case volumes exceed 500 cases. The VA provides extensive experience in carotid stenting, distal revascularization, and aortic aneurysm repair. Both the integrated vascular and general surgery residents cover the service and call is shared amongst the senior residents on the service (Usually senior vascular and PGY 4 GS). There is no general surgery coverage for the senior vascular residents at the VA. Typically there is a PGY-4 and a PGY-1 on the service. A dedicated team of ARNP’s coordinate all of the outpatient care at the VA. Residents rotating on the VA service are expected to participate in all Vascular Surgery Education Conferences.ext in field]
  • CW “Bill” Young VA

    formerly Bay Pines VA

    During this rotation the resident will be involved in pre-, intra-, and postop management of the vascular patient (some general surgery rotations are also performed here). There is a wide variety of basic to complex vascular surgery, including significant open aneurysm experience. The resident will participate in a weekly joint conference with interventional radiology to discuss patient management, as well as outpatient clinic. This rotation involves full-time VA surgeons as well as our group.

Educational Conferences

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. 

Research

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. 

Teaching and Medical Students

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. 

VSAS for Students, Applicants, & Residents

How to Apply

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:

  • Application
  • Photograph (optional)
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s Letter
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Medical school transcripts
  • USMLE scores   

Tentative Virtual Interview Dates:

  • December 7, 2020
  • January 11, 2021

Please contact our program coordinator with any additional specific questions about the application process.