Program Overview – What Makes us Unique?
The 0+5 integrated vascular surgery residency program at the University of Rochester dedicates 5 years to clinical training in vascular surgery, with some core rotations in general surgery and vascular disease. The 0+5 training paradigm leads to primary board certification in vascular surgery. As one of the first institutions to embrace an integrated training program, we have matched extremely strong applicants.
We specifically take pride in our serious commitment to our educational endeavors for our integrated vascular residents. This commitment is reflected in our educational curriculum which includes daily conferences (see Conference Schedule), attending teaching rounds, dedicated time on the endovascular simulator, high volume of open and complex endovascular cases (numbers of procedures are consistently over the 95th percentile), a nationwide resident focused research symposium, and abundant research and presentation opportunities at national meetings (see Current Residents).
Our residents are trained in the technical aspects of all vascular disease, including carotid, aortic, thoracic outlet, renal, visceral, infra-inguinal, venous, lymphatic, dialysis access pathology and vascular trauma. Endovascular interventions include angioplasty and stenting of arterial, venous and dialysis access beds, deployment of fenestrated and complex grafts, mechanical and pharmacological thrombolysis, inferior vena cava filter placement and retrieval through fluoroscopic imaging or use of intravascular ultrasound, Duplex guided thrombin injection, and others. Our volume of open procedures remains high and frequently include aorto-bifemoral, fem-fem, ax-fem and lower extremity bypasses, thoracic outlet decompression, complex dialysis accesses procedures (including DRILs and leg fistulas), and spine exposures. As the encatchment area of western NY, our institution serves as a highly skilled tertiary referral center for vascular surgery.
We are committed to providing the very best training so that our residents will enter into academic practice with a broad but complete education. It is our hope that our vascular residents will continue within academia and inspire others with their skills and knowledge.