Residency & Fellowship
NYU Langone Medical Center offers a two training programs covering all aspects of vascular and endovascular surgery: an integrated five-year residency program and a two-year fellowship program.
Under the guidance of Program Director Caron Rockman, MD, and Division Chief Mark A. Adelman, MD, these programs offer rich and extensive opportunities to participate in difficult and complicated vascular surgeries, observe leading-edge clinical research, and present at local and national vascular surgery conferences. Trainees complete the programs prepared to achieve board certification. Former NYU Langone vascular surgery graduates have received numerous awards and gained leadership positions throughout North America and around the world.
Both programs comprise hands-on surgical rotations at each of the three hospitals affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center: Tisch Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, and the Manhattan VA Hospital. Additionally, residents and fellows participate in outpatient services rotations, in which the focus is on all aspects of the outpatient experience, including the non-invasive vascular lab and the Vein Center. Residents also perform endovascular surgery cases at an outpatient vascular surgery center.
The vascular surgery program is largely integrated into the outstanding general surgery residency initially, with residents generally spending three months out of each of the first two years on dedicated vascular surgery services, and the remainder on developing a strong foundation of general surgical skills. Residents spend 8 months of their third year and 10 months of their fourth year on vascular rotations, transitioning to functioning as junior fellows. In the fifth year, residents function as senior fellows and spend their entire year on vascular surgery rotations.
At Tisch Hospital, where there is an active Day Surgery Center as well as private practice in an office setting, residents and fellows gain experience supervising the vascular surgery service, with patients directly under their care; scrubbing in on difficult and complex vascular cases; directly overseeing general surgical residents, medical students, and nurse practitioners; and, seeing patients in the offices of the vascular surgery attending faculty members.
At Bellevue Hospital, a Level I trauma center in one of the largest cities in the world, the vascular residents and fellows encounter broad and in-depth experience in the area of vascular trauma and in caring for a population notable for its incredible socioeconomic, linguistic, and geographic origin diversity. While the vascular residents and fellows deal with all aspects of vascular surgery, Bellevue Hospital provides a particularly rich experience in thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections.
At the VA Hospital, the vascular fellows and senior vascular residents act as junior consultants for the vascular surgical service. Here, a resident or fellow manages the inpatient service, oversees all consults, does the preoperative planning for and performs all vascular cases (endovascular and open aortic cases, peripheral arterial cases, and venous operations), trains general surgical residents in all of these areas, manages and oversees the outpatient clinic, manages the endovascular inventory of the operating room, and works on academic research projects.
During the outpatient services rotation, the fellow participates in all aspects of the outpatient experience. This includes working in the non-invasive vascular laboratory, where the fellow learns to perform and interpret the results of noninvasive testing modalities necessary to the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease. The fellow is expected to qualify to take the Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) examination for vascular laboratory certification. Additionally, the fellow spends time in the Vein Center, where he or she learns how to diagnose the full spectrum of venous disease and perform all appropriate treatments and procedures, and operate at our outpatient vascular surgery center, where they learn not only technical skills but also the details of managing day-to-day operations in a surgery center based outside of the hospital.
Research and Conferences
The academic education of the vascular surgery residents and fellows is enhanced by the pursuit of clinical research projects. Accordingly, they are provided with significant time for independent reading, research, and conference preparation.
Each week, the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery holds a conference at which the vascular trainees make presentations about research, review core topics in vascular surgery, present educational cases, and foster discussion about ideal treatment strategies. All aspects of the disease condition and treatment are discussed. Residents and fellows also attend the Department of Surgery's weekly Mortality and Morbidity conference, monthly Grand Rounds, daily teaching rounds, and monthly Journal Club meetings.
Each resident and fellow is expected to select an area of interest and, working with a faculty member as mentor, design an academic research project or join an ongoing research project. It is expected that each year, each trainee will present his work on these projects at national conferences and will also submit a manuscript to peer-reviewed journals. Each submits at least one abstract and manuscript to a national vascular meeting each year during the program and presents research at local and regional meetings including the Eastern Vascular Fellows Meeting held each Spring in New York City.
NYU participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for both the integrated residency program and the fellowship program.
Trainees are selected on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. Prior to admission to our fellowship program, applicants are required to have completed an LCME-accredited general surgery residency program. Prior to admission to our residency program, applicants are required to have graduated from an accredited medical school.
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