Core surgical training reflecting Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements will provide a comprehensive well-rounded surgical experience for the trainee. This experience will optimize exposure to abdominal surgery, trauma, and critical care. Additional experiences in vascular medicine and cardiology are also integrated into the training paradigm through the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Heart & Vascular Center. Collectively, this experience will be optimized for the vascular trainee to provide a broad perspective in surgical, critical care, and medical techniques.
In addition, rotations on cardiac and non-cardiac thoracic surgery will increase exposure to techniques of median sternotomy and thoracotomy. Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center does not have a cardiothoracic fellowship and accordingly trainees will derive a robust experience.
Finally, ICU rotations, both in the standard medical-surgical ICU and in the Cardiac-Coronary CCU, will supplement the critical care experience associated with care of vascular surgery patients.
We schedule rotations each year at levels that provide the optimal experience on each of the non-vascular surgery services, to avoid competition with any current residents on these services.