Curriculum Overview/Rotations

Curriculum for the Vascular Surgery Residency Program is structured with the first 3 years doing rotations. All trainees follow the same rigorous regimen, which include all the surgical disciplines, with 3-4 months of vascular surgery rotations. The last two years are concentrated in vascular surgery.

The surgical internship consists of acquiring broad basic skills in the general surgical specialties of surgical oncology and trauma,

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Our Residents at Ultrasound Skills Lab

anesthesiology, cardiothoracic surgery, pediatric surgery, trauma surgery and SICU.

After the first year, all vascular surgery residents are integrated at the PGY-2 level into progressively independent leadership responsibilities, commensurate with the increasing levels of experience. This includes surgical exposure to intensive care, as well as trauma, general, vascular, transplant, cardiology and vascular medicine.

The PGY-3 year includes clinical experience in cardiac, surgical oncology, transplant and vascular surgery.

The PGY-4 year is all vascular surgery.

The PGY-5 year of training is devoted to independent operating and clinical decision making, as well as oversight and administration of other surgical residents.

Rotation Schedule

The Vascular Surgery Residency Program employs a rotation schedule designed to give its trainees broad, intensive and useful exposure to all required surgical disciplines. Below is an example of our clinical curriculum.
Click here to view a sample of our Vascular Surgery Resident/Rotation Schedule

Resident Operative Experience

Defined Category

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Abdominal (30)*

70

80

50

53

17

80

15

59

92

97

48

Cerebrovasc (25)

65

72

43

52

80

74

94

67

59

63

54

Peripheral (45)

80

74

81

103

152

151

273

80

144

151

150

Complex (10)

39

38

23

32

35

95

15

94

107

157

68

Endovasc. Therap. (25)

104

231

105

80

263

345

22

232

359

520

531

Endovasc. Diagnostic (50)

175

611

251

150

240

202

621

170

283

413

354

Endovasc. Graft (5)

34

90

37

53

70

93

30

83

94

135

93

Total Yearly Cases

567

1196

590

523

857

1040

1070

785

1138

1536

1298

Clinical Practice

The Clinical Practice aspect of the Vascular Surgery Residency Program provides activities and skills labinvolvement that seek to combine the breadth of operative experience with early leadership responsibilities. It it based on a high-volume, high-case complexity clinical experience. Residents are exposed to a broad range of skills, including endovascular skills development, and open skills including AV fistulas, open aortic aneurysms, carotids and leg bypasses. Our skill lab includes practice in suturing, knot tying, hand positioning, anatomy, surgical exposures, clamp placement and dexterity.

 

Clinical Curriculum

Rotation
PGY1
Year 1
PGY2
Year 2
PGY3
Year 3
PGY 4
Year 4
PGY 5
Year 5
Month 1 Vascular
Surgery
Core Surgery (Trauma) Vascular (SMH Vascular Surgery) Vascular (SMH Vascular Surgery) Vascular (SMH Vascular Surgery Chief)
Month 2 Core Surgery (Gen Surg Float) Vascular (Cardiology) Vascular (SMH Vascular Surgery) Vascular (HH Vascular Surgery) Vascular (SMH Vascular Surgery)
Month 3 Core Surgery (Pediatric Surgery) Core Surgery (HH-Vasc Surgery) Vascular (FL Vascular Surgery) Vascular (HH Vascular Surgery) Vascular (SMH Vascular Surgery)

Month 4

Core Surgery

(Anesthesiology)

Core Surgery (HH-Vasc Surgery) Vascular (Surgical Oncology) Vascular (HH Vascular Surgery) Vascular (SMH Vascular Surgery)
Month 5 Core Surgery (Burn Surgery) Vascular (HH Vascular Surgery) Vascular (FL Vascular Surgery) Vascular (HH Vascular Surgery) Vascular (SMH Vascular Surgery)
Month 6 Vascular (SMH Vascular Surgery) Core Surgery (Surgical ICU) Vascular (BTCU) Vascular (HH Vascular Surgery) Vascular (SMH Vascular Surgery)
Month 7 Core Surgery (Surgical Oncology) Core Surgery (Trauma) Vascular (Transplant) Vascular (HH Vascular Surgery) Vascular (SMH Vascular Surgery)
Month 8 Core Surgery (HH Gen Surgery) Core Surgery (Transplant) Vascular (FL Vascular Surgery) Vascular (FL Vascular Surgery) Vascular (SMH Vascular Surgery)
Month 9 Core Surgery (Trauma) Vascular (Vascular Medicine) Core Surgery (Cardiac Surgery) Vascular (Finger Lakes Rotation
Vascular Surgery)
Vascular (SMH Vascular Surgery)
Month 10 Core Surgery (HH Gen Surgery) Core Surgery (Surgical ICU) Core Surgery (Cardiac Surgery) Vascular (FL Vascular Surgery) Vascular (SMH Vascular Surgery)
Month 11 Core Surgery (Surgical ICU)

Vascular
(HH vasc Surg)

Core Surgery
(FL Vascular Surgery)
Vascular Surgery
(FL Vascular Surgry)
Vascular (SMH Vascular Surgery)
Month 12 Vascular (Vascular Surgery) Vascular (HH Vascular Surgery) Core Surgery
(FL Vascular Surgery)
Vasc
Surg ery (FL)
Vascular (SMH Vascular Surgery)
Totals 9 Core Surgery,
3 Vascular
8 Core Surgery,
4 Vascular
4 Core Surgery,
8 Vascular
2 Core,
10 Vascular
12 Vascular

Conference Schedule

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Morning

7-8 am

  • Indications
    Conference
 

 

  • Grand Rounds
  • M&M
    (1st Tues of month)
  • Grand Round
    (2nd Tues)
  • Journal Club
    (3rd Tues)
  • Basic Science
    (4th Tues)
  • 5th week
    in month: Ultrasound lecture or extra M&M
 

8-9 am

     
  • Attending
    Rounds
 
9-10 am      
  • Basic Science
 

Instructor of Surgery

After completion of the AGME accredited training program, our graduates are given the option of staying on as a faculty member for a one year period. During this time, they will hold the appointment of Instructor in the Department of Surgery, with autonomous outpatient and operative clinical responsibilities. This year will also feature ample time for research or additional training and education. This unique opportunity allows the University of Rochester graduates the chance to explore academia or gain additional clinical experience, while maintaining the focused nature of the integrated vascular residency.