During the first 30 months of this residency, you will spend 24 months in core surgical and vascular rotations, which may include:
- General surgery
- Vascular medicine
- Interventional radiology
- Trauma surgery
With a goal of successfully completing the Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) credential, rotations will also include:
- Noninvasive vascular lab
- Advanced imaging, including computerized tomography and magnetic resonance angiography
The remainder of the five years, you will work closely with faculty in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, including key faculty from the Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. You will have progressively increasing responsibilities on clinical services throughout your training. In the chief year of training, you will be expected to be nearly independent in straightforward open and endovascular procedures. In addition, you will work closely with faculty in Mayo Clinic's Gonda Vascular Center outpatient clinic and will become adept in patient evaluation and management.
The educational structure of this residency is based on a two-year core curriculum which covers all aspects of vascular surgery including arterial, venous and lymphatic systems. This prepares residents for both clinical practice and for future standardized exams. The core curriculum topics are covered in biweekly didactic conferences, journal club and the simulation center.
Several multidisciplinary and vascular surgery conferences are held each week. An endovascular case management conference meets once per month. There are formal basic science, clinical and endovascular curricula that conform to the curricula outlined by the Association for Program Directors in Vascular Surgery.
Additional seminars and lectures in general surgery, cardiovascular surgery and the allied medical fields are available as well. During nonvascular surgery rotations, you will participate in General Surgery conferences. Education is enhanced by selected lectures presented by Mayo Clinic consultants and through the visiting faculty program.
All residents participate in clinical research. You will submit your research studies to the major regional and national vascular surgery society meetings for presentation. Publication of research in peer-reviewed journals is encouraged. The director of clinical research will meet with you to discuss and assign a project, although you may pursue any topic that interests you if you have a sound hypothesis and plan. You will work closely with the faculty to complete your research and prepare a manuscript and presentation. One publication-ready manuscript per year is expected from each resident. Research support, including financial and statistical support, is provided as needed for each project.
Moonlighting is not permitted during this residency.
Your performance will be monitored closely to ensure that clinical knowledge, judgment and technical skills meet the expectations of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. You will be evaluated formally by the supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation.
You also will evaluate the faculty and program confidentially to ensure that your educational needs are being met. The division incorporates 360-degree reviews from surgical, critical care and radiology staff members; physician extenders; and the paramedical personnel in the outpatient clinics and operating rooms.