Clinical, operative, and administrative responsibility will be progressively calibrated over the course of the training program, leading to an independent, highly skilled vascular surgeon upon graduation.
A comprehensive and rigorous rotation schedule integrates all elements of open and endovascular surgical techniques at the forefront of vascular surgery practice. The curriculum also incorporates all core requirements as stipulated per the ACGME as well as opportunities for academic, non-invasive vascular lab and elective experiences. The fifth clinical year constitutes a chief residency experience with commensurate independence and administrative responsibilities.
- 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 level to optimize learning.
The residency is organized so that catheter-based procedures, open surgery, inpatient/outpatient care, and vascular laboratory instruction are integrated in a progressive fashion throughout all years of the program.
Interventional training is provided by the vascular surgery faculty in dedicated angiography suites and the operating room, and is fully integrated during all years of training. Residents perform peripheral, renal, mesenteric, great vessel and carotid bifurcation interventions, as well as vena cava filter placement, thrombolysis, percutaneous closure, and endovascular abdominal and thoracic aneurysm repair.
Vascular laboratory training is provided in an ICAVL-accredited vascular laboratory administered by the Section which performs roughly 15,000 studies per year. Residents will obtain hands-on duplex scanning experience and a didactic curriculum to facilitate RPVI certification.
Inpatient/Outpatient surgery training expose residents to a wide breadth of patients at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Case volume and complexity provide our trainees with a comprehensive experience at the forefront of clinical practice and remains in the greater than 95th percentile in all operative categories.
Teaching conferences are held each Monday from 7:00 to 11:00 am during protected time when all faculty and trainees can attend. These conferences include:
- Preoperative conference for that week's open and interventional cases
- Didactic conference covering a comprehensive core curriculum (SCORE curriculum)
- Interesting case discussion
- Morbidity and mortality (M&M) conference
- Journal club
- Research conference
- Vascular laboratory conference
- "How I Do It" technical pearls conference
- VSAP conference
- Heart and Vascular Center (HVC) Grand Rounds conferences, featuring lectures from leaders in health care and in our specialty
Vascular residents actively participate and contribute to these conferences to establish their own decision-making and teaching skills.