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Vascular Surgery

Vascular Surgery Residency Training Program

The Section of Vascular Surgery at the University of Michigan offers a two-year Fellowship in Vascular Surgery. The Fellowship provides comprehensive clinical training and affords the Fellow the opportunity to develop investigative expertise involving cell and molecular biology in preparation for an academic position in Vascular Surgery. The two-year Fellowship includes clinical training divided between the surgical services at the University Hospital and the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical Center as well as six months of catheter-based endovascular training.

The Fellowship includes active participation in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of vascular disorders involving the arterial, venous and lymphatic systems. The spectrum of clinical procedures is broad and contains a substantial number of traditional cases, as well as a large volume of complex cases typical of the tertiary care referral practice at the University of Michigan. In-depth understanding of noninvasive examinations from the Diagnostic Vascular Unit and interpretive skills are essential components of the clinical rotations.

Research opportunities within the Section are plentiful and target a host of important clinical and basic investigative topics. Biology of the vessel wall, the pathophysiology of aneurysms, genetic manipulation of the vasculature, angiogenesis, and the role of inflammatory-mediated-coagulation in vascular disease are ongoing areas of active faculty research. Structured experiences in related disciplines, including Biochemistry, Genetics, Pathology and Cell Biology, are available.

Bimonthly Vascular Surgery teaching conferences are attended by Faculty, the Fellows, General Surgery Residents, as well as Faculty and Fellows from the Departments of Radiology and Internal Medicine. These conferences are typically focused on clinical management of patients and evolved from an NIH sponsored program in Academic Vascular Medicine. In addition, other conferences such as an Interdisciplinary Hypertension Conference and the general offerings of the Department of Surgery, including Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, provide equally important educational opportunities.

Candidates for the University of Michigan Vascular Surgery Fellowship must complete a full residency in General Surgery leading to American Board of Surgery certification or board eligibility at the time of application. One Fellow is selected every year after the completion of the formal application and interview process. Candidates for the Fellowship typically apply two years before entering the training program. Application forms are available from the Head of the Section of Vascular Surgery.

For detailed program information please go to the Vascular Surgery website.