The primary focus of the Vascular Surgery Residency program is on operative and endovascular experiences for the resident along with early and increased autonomy for them as they gain experience in the pre-operative, peri-operative, and post-operative care and management of vascular surgical patients. As part of the program there are several didactic conferences.
Through participation in weekly interdisciplinary clinical conferences (see table) residents are exposed to a wide variety of ideas and perspectives regarding the treatment of vascular diseases. The residents will present topics for discussion at clinical case conference, multidisciplinary conferences and at local and national vascular surgery meetings. Each vascular surgery resident will attend one national scientific conference and one regional conference or educational course annually. It is the goal of the vascular surgery faculty to teach by example, and with daily contact, demonstrate at all times the highest level of integrity, professionalism, dedication to service and compassion toward those entrusted in their care.
Educational Program in the Vascular Laboratory
Provide education and basic hands-on skills necessary to correctly interpret physiologic and vascular ultrasound studies.
The fellows would participate in a 2 hour course entitled Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound. The Neurology/Vascular Medicine fellows will spend a month in the vascular laboratory at the beginning of their fellowship. The Vascular Surgical and Interventional Radiology fellows will spend a month in the vascular laboratory during their second year fellowship. During their time in the vascular laboratory, the fellows will be assigned to an attending physician to teach them how to interpret the vascular studies. All fellows will be required to do a presentation at one of the weekly vascular conferences, or to his/her supervising attending physician about a vascular study during their fellowship at University of Virginia.
- Demonstrate the ability to gather essential patient information prior to performing a vascular ultrasound study.
- Make informed decisions about the limitation and accuracy of noninvasive ultrasound and physiologic vascular studies.
- Acquire skills for selected noninvasive ultrasound and physiologic vascular studies.
Knowledge and Skills
- Knowledge of basic ultrasound physics
- Interpretation of extremity arterial and venous physiologic studies
- Interpretation of carotid, renal, venous, visceral and extremity duplex
- Understanding the indication, accuracy and diagnostic utility of specific noninvasive vascular test.
- Learn how to properly read and sign off in EPIC/CUPID.
- Assist in quality assurance and correlation of vascular studies with other modalities.
Practice Base Learning
- Instruction by the medical and technical directors enables the fellow to perform and interpret vascular noninvasive ultrasound and physiologic studies.
- Acquire basic skills and knowledge to sit for the RVPI board exam
- Participate in teaching medical students and general surgery residents information pertaining to noninvasive vascular studies.
- Understand systems of delivery of health care and their financing, including vascular ultrasound and procedural coding.