We also offer a dedicated educational program including didactic lectures series, vascular laboratory training, simulation program and our newly added Introduction to Academic Vascular Surgery curriculum. Our residents regularly participate in clinical research during all years of training; we plan to introduce a 1-year laboratory requirement to the integrated residency in 2015, which we feel is critical to the development of an academic surgical career. 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 most of the defined categories, and have all successfully passed their certification exams in Vascular Surgery.
Our graduates have established successful careers at major medical centers and become leaders in community practice. As a member of the faculty for the last 12 years and a former resident of the general surgery program, I can attest that USF trains some of the finest vascular surgeons in the country.
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Vascular Surgery Training at USF
Welcome to the University of South Florida Vascular Surgery Residency training programs. We have both a traditional fellowship (“5+2”) and an integrated vascular residency (“0+5”), the latter now with two slots. We will have 9 residents during the 2014-5 academic year.
The integrated program was originally approved by the ACGME in 2007, and we received a full 5 year accreditation beginning in 2008. In 2013 we were approved for a second slot, and now accept 2 residents into the program yearly. One will complete the program in 5 years, and one will spend a year in the research lab beginning in 2015.
Our fellowship has been continuously accredited by the RRC since 1992; our most recent accreditation was in 2008 for a full 5 years without any citations. The program accepts one applicant each year.
Both pathways accept residents through the traditional match. Residents in both pathways are treated equally with regard to operative experience and clinical and administrative responsibility; the R4 and R6 are treated as senior residents and the R5 and R7 as chief residents.
For the 0+5 residents, general and vascular surgery in-patient training are performed at tertiary-referral medical centers (Tampa General Hospital, the James A. Haley VA, and the Bay Pines VA). All vascular surgery training will occur on dedicated vascular surgery rotations with core USF faculty. During the PGY1 thru PGY3 years, the vascular surgery residents will have 4 months each year of vascular surgery training (total of 12 months).
Exposure to the evaluation and management of vascular disorders during each year of training assures repetitive contact with faculty, continual acquisition of skills/experience, and progressive assumption of vascular responsibility prior to the Chief Resident year. During each vascular surgery rotation, residents will spend 1 day per week in the outpatient clinic, under direct faculty supervision.
During the PGY1-3 vascular surgery rotations, essential training in noninvasive vascular testing will be provided. Training in diagnostic catheter-based imaging and endovascular intervention is provided to the vascular resident during the vascular rotations, where both outpatient and in-patient endovascular procedures are staffed by vascular surgery faculty. Progressive resident responsibility will be provided beginning during the PGY-1 year with residents participating in diagnostic arteriography/venography studies, central venous access placement, and dialysis access.
We have designed a resident rotation schedule which integrates appropriate general surgery rotations for core surgical training during the PGY1 and PGY-2 years, surgical subspecialty experience/training during PGY2 and PGY3 years, and senior vascular surgery resident experience during the PGY 4 and 5 years. A total of 36 months will be spent on vascular surgery rotations, and 24 months on core general surgery or surgical subspecialty rotations. The schedule has been designed to appropriately interact with current general surgery, intensive care unit, cardiothoracic surgery, transplant surgery, and cardiology rotations at the appropriate training levels to optimize resident education and experience.
The PGY 4 & 5 (integrated) and 6 & 7 (fellowship) years are exclusively a "chief resident" experience on dedicated vascular/endovascular rotations. Each chief resident answers to his or her attending, not through any other resident.