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The Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine Vascular Fellowship Program is an ACMG accredited two-year training program leading to board eligibility for a certification in Vascular Surgery granted by the American Board of Surgery. Our program provides vascular fellows a broad comprehensive experience in all aspects of care for those afflicted with vascular disease. Established 25 years ago, the program has alumni practicing throughout the United States with one third of the graduates active members of academic surgical training programs. The overall first attempt pass rate for both the qualifying and certifying exam is 100% for our graduating fellows over the past five years. The achievements of the program are directly attributable to the dedicated core faculty who are committed to the success of the program as well as the vascular fellows.

The vascular surgery fellowship goals are:

With all patient care occurring on the campus of the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC), the vascular program provides the vascular fellow a high volume of open surgical and endovascular experience during their fellowship. With ancillary support provided by general surgery interns/ residents and mid-level providers, the vascular surgical services train the vascular fellow to be a leader of an efficient patient care team. Moreover, the division's basic science research laboratory led by a full time PhD provides the vascular fellow experience in vascular wall biology and vascular translational research. Finally, the ability to be an active participant in the division's non-invasive vascular laboratory as well as interact with the radiology department residents and faculty provides the vascular fellow an excellent experience in learning and interpreting vascular diagnostic testing.

The first year of the vascular surgery fellowship program is spent learning noninvasive vascular imaging, conducting research in the basic science vascular laboratory, rotating on the clinical vascular services, dedicated clinic rotation, as well as learning endovascular skills. The fellow will spend one month in the noninvasive vascular laboratory learning interpretive skills of noninvasive vascular imaging as well as hands on performance of noninvasive vascular studies. Two separate months in the first year (based on the fellow’s choice) will be dedicated to clinical research or basic science research in the Vascular Research Laboratory, which conducts research in vascular wall biology and translational research. During the first research month, first year fellows complete a one week UT GSM instructional course on conducting clinical research. In addition, first year fellows prepare to complete the RPVI exam during these research months. Two months are spent on a dedicated endovascular rotation learning diagnostic and therapeutic endovascular skills. Finally, seven months are spent on traditional clinical vascular surgery services leading their respective resident teams.

During the second year, the vascular fellow rotates between the clinical vascular services during which the fellow will see a wide spectrum of vascular diseases under the direction of seven board certified vascular attendings. Inpatient, outpatient, and operative care are under the direction of the vascular fellow with close supervision by the attendings. The graduating fellow can expect to finish with over 500 major vascular cases and total case volumes well above the average national graduating vascular fellow.

In addition to the clinical responsibilities, there is a weekly Vascular Conference, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Performance Improvement Conference and Research Conference. At the end of the clinical year of the vascular surgery fellowship, the fellow is expected to obtain sufficient preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative experience to care for patients with peripheral arterial, venous, abdominal, visceral artery, renal artery, thoracic aortic, cerebrovascular and lymphatic disease. It is expected that the resident will take both the certifying and qualifying exam of the American Board of Surgery and pass the RPVI exam.

Application Process

After the applicant has submitted this information through ERAS, the completed application will be reviewed by the Pre-Selection Committee. Interviews for invited residents will take place between January and March.

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