Fellowships & advanced Training

Vascular Surgery Training Programs

Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program

The University of Cincinnati Vascular Surgery Fellowship is a two-year, ACGME fully-accredited clinical fellowship. In addition to a full standard operative caseload, all fellows perform more than 500 endovascular procedures during their fellowship and thus meet and exceed credentialing standards for endovascular privileging. This fellowship offers a rare opportunity to become facile in both standard open surgical procedures, catheter-directed therapy for the treatment of vascular disease, as well as non-invasive vascular diagnostic laboratory training. Experience in outpatient venous interventions, dialysis access, and exposure to private practice vascular surgery completes the training, making the fellows quite marketable in both academic and private practice employment opportunities.

Academic and scholarly pursuits are critical to a fellow’s development and future career. Each fellow publishes a paper and/or chapter during their clinical fellowship. A formal lecture series has been developed in collaboration with other departments at the University to enhance the fellows’ understanding of vascular physiology, anatomy, embryology and pathology. In addition, a teaching session is held at the start of the academic year in the gross anatomy laboratory where the surgical anatomy of less frequently utilized operative exposures is reviewed. The fellows are required to take the Vascular Surgery In Training Examination annually.

The expanded clinical base provides an excellent educational experience for our vascular surgery fellows and the general surgery residents. Our past fellows have, with their endovascular skills, enjoyed ample employment opportunities in the geographical region of their choosing. The University of Cincinnati was one of the first programs approved for such a two-year clinical fellowship. The ACGME/RRC approval was based on the conventional and endovascular experience and the ability to obtain comprehensive non-invasive vascular lab training.

Current Vascular Surgery Fellow:
Edward H. Caldwell, DO - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (6th year)

Integrated Vascular Residency Program

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine/University Hospital began a five-year integrated vascular surgery residency program on July 1, 2009. The integrated track is aimed at successful graduates of an accredited medical or osteopathic school who wish to specialize in the field of vascular surgery. The program is 5 years in length and includes 24 months of core surgical training and 36 months of vascular training. The curriculum stresses core education in the management of surgical patients with complex illnesses, and advanced education to develop competency in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with vascular disease.

The goal of core surgery education is to ensure that the vascular resident is competent in the comprehensive evaluation and management of patients with complex illnesses and the basic surgical skills used in the treatment of cardiovascular, thoracic, abdominal and soft tissue diseases. Upon completion of PGY-2, the surgical resident should have acquired the knowledge and skills outlined below to facilitate quality patient care and ensure patient safety. The knowledge and skills should serve as the foundation for further education and training in vascular surgery.

The vascular resident will rotate through some of the standard surgery rotations during the first two postgraduate years: General surgery to include gastrointestinal surgery, surgical oncology, endocrine surgery and laparoscopic surgery at the primary hospitals (University of Cincinnati Medical Center and VA Medical Center); trauma; anesthesiology; critical care; plastic surgery; cardiac and thoracic surgery; and transplant surgery. The goals of these rotations are similar to the goals of the first two years of general surgical training with some additional rotations intended specifically to augment the knowledge and skills expected of a vascular surgeon such as vascular body imaging (CTA, MRA and other techniques) and cardiology (both on outpatient and inpatient rotations). The final (chief resident) year will be dedicated to vascular and endovascular rotations.

Current Integrated Vascular Surgery Residents:
Lynne M. Doctor, MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (5th year)
Raquel Jones, MD - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (4th year)
Maham Rahimi, MD, PhD - Texas Tech University Health Science Center (3rd year)
David Phang, MD - West Virginia University School of Medicine (2nd year)

Weekly, Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
Weekly, Department of Surgery, Morbidity & Mortality Conference
Weekly, Preoperative Conference & Vascular Morbidity & Mortality
Weekly, Vascular Education Conference
Weekly, Non-Invasive Vascular Interpretation Conference
Monthly, Non-Invasive Vascular Lab Conference
Monthly, Vascular Research Conference
Quarterly, Venous Conference

Program Administration:
George H. Meier, III, MD, FACS, Program Director
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Director, Division of Vascular Surgery
Director, Vascular Services, University Hospital
Program Director, Vascular Surgery Fellowship and Integrated Programs

Lisa Evans, Program Coordinator
Vascular Surgery Fellowship
Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency Program
Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency Program
Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
231 Albert Sabin Way (ML0513)
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0513

Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency Program

The Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency Program with Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery prides itself on the pursuit of excellence and educational experience of podiatric residents with other podiatrists and attending surgeons. It is through the hard work of the administration, residents and attending staff that this program has maintained its successful accreditation and support of the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.

Podiatric surgery residents participate fully in the evaluation, care and surgical management of a large volume of patients in the Emergency, Inpatient and Outpatient Departments. Throughout the three years of training, the resident is exposed to a vast array of experiences that include limb salvage procedures, rearfoot and forefoot reconstructive surgeries, and nuclear medicine and its applications to podiatric medicine. Residents rotate on multiple services maintaining a well-balanced curriculum of Internal Medicine, Behavioral Health, Plastic Surgery, Radiology, Anesthesia, General Surgery, Pathology, Emergency Medicine, Dermatology, Wound Care, Infectious Disease, and Orthopedic Surgery. In order to provide maximum diversity during the podiatric surgery rotation, residents participate in a very busy clinic where the resident is exposed to a variety of pathology in preparation for the types of patients they will see as practicing podiatrists.

Didactic activities are held weekly and consist of lectures, Cafe discussions, and Grand Rounds. Cadaver Labs, Journal Clubs, and/or Workshops each occur monthly. Residents frequently combine conferences and labs with other local hospitals for a more well-rounded experience. In addition, web-based Present Courseware lectures are a part of the curriculum and viewed weekly by each resident.

Current Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residents:
Mohiuddin Bilal Shamsi, DPM - Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (3rd year)
Michael R. Zimmerman, DPM - Des Moines University, College of Podiatric Medicine (2nd year)
Andrew Brown, DPM - Kent State University, College of Podiatric Medicine (1st year)
John Whitt, DPM - Des Moines University, College of Podiatric Medicine (1st year)

Program Administration:

Cary Copeland, DPM, FACFAS, Program Director

Jenny Smith, Program Coordinator
Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency Program
Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Clerkship
Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
231 Albert Sabin Way (ML 0513)
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0513

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