Program Goals & Objectives
To prepare physicians to function as well-qualified, independent specialists in vascular surgery, the faculty are committed to the education of vascular surgery residents in basic science and clinical surgery as it relates to the vascular surgery specialty. Ohio State faculty hope to instill in our trainees the essential elements of success for a career in surgery, including honesty and integrity, objectivity, self-motivation, curiosity, timeliness, a sense of responsibility and a commitment to excellence.
To achieve the general educational goals, the following specific curriculum goals have been established:
- Provide learning experiences based on measurable objectives for education of vascular surgeons during the residency
- Integrate principles of basic sciences with clinical experiences;
- Promote a broad understanding of the role of vascular surgery and its interaction with other medical disciplines;
- Provide for progressive responsibility from initial patient care to complete management including surgical procedures as required by the American Board of Surgery;
- Provide VS residents with the ability to function as teachers and consultants;
- Acquire in-depth diagnostic and therapeutic skills through extensive exposure to patients who present with a broad spectrum of common and complex vascular disorders;
- Participate and direct the preoperative assessment, operative management, and postoperative care of patients on the Vascular Service in cooperation with the designated attending;
- Promote learning from the residents’ patient care practices, including appraisal of outcomes of treatment as it relates to benchmark scientific evidence;
- Gain experience in the non-invasive laboratory diagnosis of vascular disease;
- Gain experience with diagnostic and intra-operative imaging techniques as well as detailed interpretation of imaging studies;
- Train and become proficient in catheter and guidewire skills;
- Perform diagnostic arteriography with the ability to selectively cannulate secondary and tertiary branches. This includes not only the lower extremity circulation but also the visceral circulation and branchiocephalic circulation;
- Perform a variety of peripheral interventions including PTA, stenting, arhrectomy and lysis procedures;
- Gain proficiency with intravascular ultrasound for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures;
- The resident will become proficient in the repair of abdominal and thoracic aneurysm using a variety of devices;
- Develop professional leadership and management skills including involvement in systems-based patient care assessment and process improvement;
- Promote the understanding of the ethical; socioeconomic, cost-containment, and medical-legal issues as they pertain to VS;
- Actively pursue research in an environment of inquiry and scholarship, with the goal of presenting at regional and national conferences;
- Residents are required to take the Vascular Surgery In-Training Exam which is given annually.
Residents completing the vascular surgery program will be expected to teach the specialty of vascular surgery, undertake investigations into the various areas of vascular surgical care, appoint, educate, and supervise specialized personnel and coordinate the activities of the vascular unit with other clinical units within the hospital.