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Fellowship Program

Fellowship in Vascular Surgery

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. During the fellowship, 6 months are devoted to endovascular/hybrid procedures so as to fine-tune expertise in catheter-based procedures.

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

The University of Michigan believes in a team-based approach to surgical education and excellence in medical outcomes. Patient care during the vascular surgery fellowship involves Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, interns and general surgery residents with graduated levels of responsibility.

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-mediatedcoagulation 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 by the start of fellowship.

Application deadline

We accept applications 12/1 when ERAS opens.

Application process

For more information on the application process, please contact the Vascular Residency & Fellowship Program Director:

Dawn M. Coleman, MD
University of Michigan Health System
Section of Vascular Surgery
1500 E. Medical Center Dr.
CVC 5172
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 936-5786

Additional information is also available from the Department of Surgery Education Office:
Janice Davis
Education Director
University of Michigan Health System
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., SPC 5342
CVC 5346
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5342
Phone: (734) 936-5732

Position availability

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.

Interview dates

We will select appropriate candidates for interviews as applications become complete (January) for interviews in mid-March.

Application requirements

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 by the start of fellowship.

U of M House Officers Association (HOA)

Specific information about salary, benefits, vacation time, etc., for residents and fellows can be found at the House Officers Association website, the online home of the bargaining unit for residents at the University of Michigan.