The Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is dedicated to training future leaders in the specialty of Vascular Surgery through a graduated, incremental experience at the forefront of open and endovascular surgery. This experience is coupled with a comprehensive academic curriculum and weekly unrivaled 4-hour educational conference.
Welcome to Dartmouth-Hitchcock
We have everything that you would expect a major academic center to have, from inpatient wards, outpatient clinics, to a cardiac Cath lab. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is a beautiful institution and provides a welcoming collegial atmosphere.
Trainees hone their academic development through a dedicated research year designed to pursue health services/outcomes research and earn a masters degree at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI). Dartmouth remains among the first programs in the United States to enact this training paradigm and now has an established track record of producing academic leaders in vascular surgery.
Vascular Surgery conferences
Teaching conferences are held each Monday from 7:00 to 11:00 am during protected time when all faculty and trainees can attend. Vascular residents actively participate and contribute to these conferences to establish their own decision-making and teaching skills. These conferences include:
- Heart and Vascular Center (HVC) Grand Rounds
- “How I Do It” Technical Pearl Conference
- Journal Club
- Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conference
- Multidisciplinary Stroke/Cerebrovascular Conference
- Noninvasive Vascular Lab Curriculum
- Preoperative Case Conference
- Research Conference
- Resilience Training
- Simulation/Skills Curriculum
- Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) Quality Improvement Conference
- Vascular Surgery Didactic Curriculum
- VSAP Conference
Working at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Research and program opportunities
Academic research year
Trainees have the opportunity to engage in full time research/academic development between the PGY-3 and PGY-4 clinical years. Foundational research skills and analytic techniques are acquired through the pursuit of a Master of Science degree at The Dartmouth Institute.
Residents hone these research techniques through participating in any of the multiple and diverse research endeavors within the Section of Vascular Surgery and are encouraged to take advantage of the collaborative mentorship from well-established researchers within the Section. Residents also have the option to collaborate within the robust Dartmouth academic community which includes the Tuck School of Business, the Thayer School of Engineering, and the broader Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and Geisel School of Medicine communities.
Research support is provided to permit scientific presentations at conferences and academic symposia. The Section of Vascular Surgery and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heart and Vascular Center provide full salary support for this dedicated academic experience and ensures that graduates from the program are equipped to incorporate tenets of surgical research and quality improvement into their careers.
History of our section
The integrated residency and fellowship programs at Dartmouth has a proud and sustained tradition of training academic leaders in Vascular Surgery. Our Section and Program, founded by Jack Cronenwett, has maintained an academically diverse faculty who have perennially succeeded in their educational roles and mission, cultivating a culture of clinical mentorship and scientific inquiry, optimal for fostering trainees in their career development.
We are proud of our section’s track record of significant accomplishment at the faculty level within our specialty:
- 2 SVS presidents
- 5 NESVS presidents
- 6 Executive Council SVS/NESVS
- 1 SVS Lifetime Achievement Award
- 7 NIH/SVS/FDA grant funding
- >30 clinical trials
- JVS editors
- Co-editor Rutherford
- Founding site for Vascular Study Group of New England (VSGNE), VQI
- Hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, podium presentations
Procedures and case volumes
Integrated-Vascular Surgery Case Volumes
Dartmouth-Hitchcock/Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Program - 4513221059
Resident: Vascular Residency 2020 Graduate
|Vascular Procedures||Total||Minimum Requirement|
|Endovascular Aneurysm Repair||69||20|
|Total Vascular Procedures||1408|
|Major/Minor Vascular Procedures||Total||Minimum Requirement|
|Major Vascular Procedures||885||250|
|Minor Vascular Procedures||832||0|
|Total Major/Minor Vascular Procedures||1717||0|
Orientation, simulation, and skills labs
DHMC has a Patient Safety Training Center, also known as the "Sim Center."
There are skills labs, including suturing, laparoscopic and robotics training.
Match communication code of conduct
We follow the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) guidelines for the Match process. We will not contact you but are happy to hear from you and to answer questions you may have that are not answered during the application and interview process.
Life in the Upper Valley
The Upper Connecticut River Valley area of central New Hampshire and Vermont includes the towns of Hanover and Lebanon, New Hampshire. Known as "The Upper Valley," this region attracts people from around the world for its scenic beauty.
The Upper Valley area offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities for people of all ages.