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The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system

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upper valley mapDartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) is New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serving a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,800 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). DHMC was named in 2020 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 9 clinical specialties, procedures, and conditions.

DHMC is located in Lebanon, NH, at the central western border of New Hampshire, adjacent to Vermont. We see patients from New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and Maine. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health has a networks of affiliate hospitals, and clinics.

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Program information

Introduction

The Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock 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. Trainees will also 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.

Faculty

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Residents

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Benefits / policies

Important/required GME policies – please read prior to your interview

All GME policies are can be reviewed here:
https://gme.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/policies/gme_policies.html

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:

  • Vascular Surgery Didactic Curriculum
  • Preoperative Case Conference
  • Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conference
  • Journal Club
  • Research Conference
  • VSAP Conference
  • “How I Do It” Technical Pearl Conference
  • Noninvasive Vascular Lab Curriculum
  • Multidisciplinary Stroke/Cerebrovascular Conference
  • Simulation/Skills Curriculum
  • Resilience Training
  • Heart and Vascular Center (HVC) Grand Rounds
  • Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) Quality Improvement Conference

Research and program opportunities

Academic Research Year: Trainees have the opportunity to engage in full time research/academic development between the PGY3 and PGY4 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:

  • Two SVS presidents
  • Five NESVS presidents
  • Six Executive Council SVS/NESVS
  • One SVS Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Seven 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
Abdominal 67 30
Cerebrovascular 73 25
Peripheral 273 45
Complex 119 10
Endovascular Diagnostic 456 100
Endovascular Therapeutic 351 80
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

Simulation CenterOrientation, simulation & 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 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.

Contact us

Phone: 603.650.4521
Sarah.T.Blum@hitchcock.org (Program Coordinator)
David.H.Stone@hitchcock.org (Program Director)

Upper valley life

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Lebanon, New Hampshire was Rated Best Small Town in America. There are many outdoor activities available in the Upper Valley for all seasons. Activities include:

  • Road biking, gravel biking, fat tire biking, mountain biking
  • Hiking in the white mountains of New Hampshire, the green mountains of Vermont, hiking segments of the Appalachian trail, the Long Trail (Vermont)
  • Running
  • Rock climbing, ice climbing
  • Swimming outdoors and indoor facilities during the winter
  • Sailing, water skiing on many lakes
  • Kayaking, sculling, rowing canoeing, paddle boarding on Connecticut River or lakes
  • Skiing, alpine, XC, back country
  • Ice skating, hockey
  • Maple sugaring

Hood MuseumThe cultural opportunities in the upper Valley are similar to towns of 300,000 or more, likely due to the influences of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

  • Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College has numerous theatre events, concerts, films, including 5-6 films previewed for the Telluride film festival before public viewing.
  • Opera North and the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, NH, provide high quality theatre and opera productions, in addition to live concerts.
  • Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT, is the preeminent year-round theater company in the region, offering professional productions of world premieres, classics, and musicals.
  • Museums: the Hood Museum (photo shown on right, courtesy of Dartmouth) at Dartmouth; Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, VT
  • Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences
  • The Upper Valley Trails Alliance (UVTA) strives to form and support partnerships with any town, organization or person in the Upper Valley willing to work on the improvement and sustainable development of public trails.

View area photos by visiting the links below:

For more on life in the upper valley, visit this web page.

City distances:

  • Boston: 2 – 2.5 hours by Dartmouth Coach
  • NYC: 4 hours by Dartmouth Coach
  • Montreal: 3 hours by car
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