Education & Training

Integrated Vascular Residency Block Schedule

The first-year fellow's clinical responsibilities include:

  • A shared call schedule with the senior fellow and senior integrated resident
  • Daily inpatient/outpatient care
  • Open and endovascular surgery

Requirements for Fellows

The vascular service at UH Cleveland Medical Center is broken down into two smaller services with two to three attending surgeons on each service. The fellow or senior integrated resident will take responsibility for the care of one of the two services while on duty at UH Cleveland Medical Center. The senior fellow also runs twice weekly conferences composed of the following:

  • Journal club
  • Morbidity & Mortality conference
  • Rand resident tutorials
  • Scheduled angiographic cases

All fellows are required to sit for the Vascular Surgery In-Training Exam (VSITE) annually. Fellows perform home-call and have the support of an in-house surgical resident night float team, including a postgraduate year four, a year two and two postgraduate year ones. Home-call duty is typically one night per week and every other or every third weekend.

We support one meeting per year, which includes attendance to the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS) meeting for the first-year fellow and the Wesley Moore Course in California for the second-year fellow. Additionally, a dedicated course is attended by our fellows in preparation for the Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) exam.

Operations and Procedures Performed by Fellows

Vascular Center Procedural Volume TrendsFellows operate and provide care at UH Cleveland Medical Center for most of their training (18 months). Additionally, the first-year fellow spends three months at our Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and the second-year fellow spends three months at UH Ahuja Medical Center. Fellows will also rotate on vascular medicine, which will allow focused time to learn interpretation of vascular studies and management of nonoperative vascular disease. Fellows perform:

  • Carotid revascularization
  • Hemodialysis access
  • Open abdominal and lower extremity bypass for occlusive disease
  • Open thoracoabdominal repairs for aneurysms
  • Venous surgery

Fellows also will be taught the full range of complements to endovascular surgery, including:

  • Carotid stenting
  • Endograft repair of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Peripheral vascular angioplasty and stenting of renal, mesenteric and lower extremity arteries
  • Thrombolysis
  • Venous ablation

Vascular Center Clinical TrialsThe Division of Vascular Surgery conducts approximately 700 outpatient visits, 170 of which are new patients, annually. We perform approximately 240 major open operations, 470 minor open operations, 100 diagnostic and 150 therapeutic endovascular procedures. Both open and endovascular training are instructed by vascular surgeons.