Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency

The Division of Vascular Surgery at UT Southwestern offers a 5-year integrated Vascular Surgery Residency, in addition to a 2-year Vascular Surgery Fellowship. The integrated residency program is one of 64 approved by the Residency Review Committee.

Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and should include your USMLE Transcript, ABSITE, three letters of recommendation (one of which must be from the program director of your general surgery program indicating eligibility for board certification), and a statement of personal goals. 

We will invite a select group of applicants for personal interviews in late fall and winter months. 

Residency Overview

The Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency brings together excellent clinical material that covers the entire spectrum of vascular disease, a focus on education and research, and an outstanding and diverse faculty. 

The educational goal of the Vascular Surgery Residency Program is to achieve expertise in all facets of our specialty. Upon completion of training, our graduates are expected to perform as highly competent vascular surgeons, facile in both open and endovascular approaches to basic and complex vascular problems. Residents will spend time at the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, a 460-bed, 12-story hospital that features 72 ICU beds and 24 surgical suites; Parkland Hospital, an 862-bed hospital featuring the latest healing concepts as well as quality and safety design features; and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the nation’s second busiest VA medical center in the country. All three locations have an ICAVL accredited Vascular Lab. 

Residency Program Structure

During the PGY 1-3 years, Residents in the Integrated Residency participate in rotations in Vascular Surgery, General Surgery, ICU, Radiology/Interventional Radiology, Vascular Medicine/Cardiology, and Podiatry, among others.  The PGY 4 and 5 years are dedicated to Vascular Surgery.  Over the 5 years of the program, the Resident will complete a total of 24 months of General Surgery rotations and 36 months of Vascular Surgery and Vascular Surgery-related rotations. During the 2 senior years of training, the Vascular Surgery Resident functions on the same level as the traditional PGY 6/7 Fellow.  The PGY 4 and PGY 5 are expected to manage their assigned service, as well as participate in the supervision and education of junior residents and medical students on the service.  They will also see patients in the outpatient clinic on a weekly basis.

Trainees are exposed to the entire breadth of operative techniques, ranging from basic vascular surgery to complex open vascular and endovascular procedures.  Residents are also expected to attend formal educational conferences covering principals of vascular surgery, interpretation of non-invasive vascular lab studies, approach to clinical research, and simulation sessions.  Although there is an emphasis on academic medicine, graduates of both the General Surgery Residency and the Vascular Surgery Fellowship at UT Southwestern have pursued successful careers in both private practice and academic medicine. 

Program Aims Statement

  • Provide a comprehensive 5-year curriculum to enable residents to learn tertiary, secondary, and primary care of vascular diseases.
  • Educate residents to provide excellent operative and non-operative care in a team model.
  • Train individuals in the care of the spectrum of vascular diseases afflicting patients from all age groups and socioeconomic groups at Clements University, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Dallas Children’s Medical Center.
  • Expose trainees to cutting-edge operative techniques that will allow graduates to obtain a skillset that offers a competitive advantage in practice.
  • Produce independent practitioners who will be leaders locally and nationally in community or academic practice.

Professionalism

We are committed to providing ethical and professional care to our patients and their families. We are committed to maintaining a professional and collegial relationship with our colleagues and ancillary services. The expectation is that Residents will maintain a high level of professional behavior in all interactions. Maintaining professional standards of behavior include a professional appearance and demeanor, maintaining accurate, timely and legible medical records, signing medical records and verbal orders, maintaining a duty hour time sheet, and complying with all published call schedules.

Testing

Vascular Surgery Residents will take the Vascular Surgery In-Training Examination (VSITE) during all five years of training. A score less than the 30th percentile may result in academic probation and a need for remediation. Residents must pass the ARDMS registry examination for Physician Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) in order to sit for the Vascular Surgery Certifying Board Exam.