Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program
The Department of Surgery’s Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery offers a vascular surgery fellowship, providing two years of training for individuals who have completed a residency in general surgery. The program is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) includes training at UC Davis Medical Center and the affiliated hospitals of the VA Northern California Health Care System (NCHCS) and David Grant USAF Medical Center. Training leads to eligibility for certification in Vascular Surgery by the American Board of Surgery.
The fellowship offers a superb educational experience. The clinical facilities are modern, with state-of-the-art imaging, informatics, and other technologies. The faculty include the largest group of board-certified vascular surgeons in the region, with diverse backgrounds and professional interests. All perform and teach basic and advanced endovascular procedures. In addition, fellows will work with and learn from faculty from other specialties, including cardiology, interventional radiology, and vascular medicine.
Training is comprehensive. Vascular fellows become competent in the performance of a broad range of routine and complex open vascular surgery operations, including cerebrovascular, aortic, visceral arterial, peripheral arterial, venous, and other types of cases. UC Davis is recognized for its leadership in advanced endovascular therapies and fellows' interventional training includes endovascular and hybrid treatment of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery stenting, peripheral interventions for acute and chronic peripheral artery disease, trauma care, treatment of thoracic outlet disorders, and interventions for venous disease. In addition to offering a high volume of patient care experiences, UC Davis has an American College of Surgeons accredited simulation facility, the UC Davis Center for Virtual Care, that includes high-fidelity endovascular procedure simulators.
Fellows learn how to use a full range of imaging and diagnostic technologies and will work extensively with ultrasound imaging. They gain experience in vascular laboratory test interpretation and are required to pass the ARDMS examination for Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) certification.
The vascular surgery fellows conduct clinical research projects with vascular surgery faculty mentors and are responsible for organizing weekly teaching conferences and regular journal clubs.
The number of integrated vascular surgery residents progressing to senior chief resident positions will affect the availability of fellowship positions for 2016 and after. Unless there is a change in the program educational structure, it is anticipated that fellows will not be recruited for the years when a full complement of vascular surgery residents are being training at the PGY-4 and PGY-5 levels.
UC Davis Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs are fully compliant with all policies and guidance of the ACGME. The Office of GME serves as a source of additional information about personnel policies, educational resources, state licensure, and other topics of interest to residents and fellows.