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Vascular Surgery Residency and Fellowship Programs
ACGME Accredited
Program Director | Residency CoordinatorCurrent Residents



The West Virginia University Charleston Division Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery is proud to be accepting applications for the department’s 7th vascular fellow position for the 2015-2016 academic year. Additionally In 2013, we were approved for an ACGME approved residency in integrated vascular surgery for which we are currently accepting applications for the 2014 main residency match. The fellowship is a two year program following an ACGME approved General surgery residency. The residency is a five year program following the completion of a four year M.D. or D.O. degree by the LCME or AOA. The primary goal of the vascular fellowship and residency is to produce well rounded vascular surgeons, who are both clinically and academically sound. 

The 2 and 5 year experience offers a wonderful opportunity for graduating general surgery residents and medical students to learn the art of vascular and endovascular surgery.  The environment provided includes a wide variety of routine and complex vascular cases allowing for a complete understanding of vascular disease. The vascular/endovascular surgery department is comprised of an extensive faculty including six full time vascular surgeons, three endovascular interventional specialists (two interventional cardiologist and one vascular medicine specialist with intervention focus), and one preventative medicine specialist, all of whom are dedicated to the education of young surgeons.
The WVU Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery practice is located at the Vascular Center of Excellence at Charleston Area Medical Center and has been a tertiary vascular center in the community and state of West Virginia for many years.  It is widely heralded as a prominent institution committed to the needs of vascular patients, offering only the best care for everyone we see.  Along with state of the art facilities, CAMC has a truly wonderful faculty and staff that not only allows for an excellent opportunity to become a fully trained vascular surgeon in every aspect but also gives you the tools needed to practice in any setting.

Open and Endovascular Experience

Our institution is an extremely high volume center with a myriad of different cases.  Our open surgical volume between averaged over our six vascular surgeons exceeds 1,000 cases annually.  Fellows and residents will perform more than 50 major cases monthly consisting of both routine operative interventions as well as complex cases that require the most intricate detail.  Comparatively, we offer an important combination of both types of cases allowing for an extremely well trained surgeon capable of practicing in either an academic or community setting.  In the most recent year, our faculty performed in the operating room:

  • 400 Carotid Endarterectomies
  • 50 Aortic and Complex Intraabdominal Reconstructions
  • 10 Renal/Mesenteric Bypass Procedures
  • 400Dialysis Access Constructions
  • 160 Infrainguinal Bypass Procedures

 

We are also proud to acknowledge our Circulatory Diagnostics Lab that is solely dedicated to peripheral intervention.  Rotations here will give the training fellow completely restricted time learning how to approach and treat patients with transcatheter therapy.  Under the guidance of Dr. Mark Bates, the laboratories at both hospitals have become facilities available to all hospital teams with only the newest technological advancements.  Our staff performs annually over 1,000 interventional cases including the following:

      • 80Carotid Stenting Procedures
      • 75 Renal Artery Interventions
      • 25 Mesenteric Interventions
      • 100 Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repairs
      • 10 fenestrated cases annually
      • 50 Thrombolysis Cases (combined {arterial and venous})
      • 25 Coil Embolizations (Including Tumor, Endoleak, traumatic, and acute hemorrhage {GI, nasophargeal, pulmonary etc.})
      • 100 Infrapopliteal Interventions: including >20 pedal access cases
      • Comprehensive venous disease management: including over 100 venous ablations, over 10 perforator cases, iliac CDT and stenting and over 100 IVC filters.

Rotational Schedule
The integrated residency and fellowship is based out of Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial and General Divisions.  Most of the 2/5 years will be spent at Memorial hospital; in particular the endovascular rotations as well as most complex open aortic interventions.  All faculty physicians work out of both facilities allowing for a fair portion of time will be spent at the General Division.  When on call, all consultation requests as well as patient care will involve both institutions.  Both hospitals have full time operating rooms as well as fixed unit endovascular suites.
Each year, the fellow will spend, near equal time in the operating and endovascular suites. With one month spent in each of the two years on a rotation completely dedicated to the vascular lab. The first two months of an incoming fellow is devoted to mastery of the basics of endovascular techniques. Following successful completion of objectives provided the fellow will be primary responsible of a combined endovascular and open service. Those in the integrated residency program will primarily spend the first two years with the general surgery department and rotating in rotations that will supplement the vascular trainees’ experience (cardiothoracic, radiology, neurology, and cardiology).  Two rotations are primary supervised by the vascular fellows currently. Additionally coverage is provided by the general surgery department with two junior residents and either a 3rd or 4th year resident. The fellow is expected to manage that service with the junior resident, and will work with the attending staff accordingly.    The primary teaching on this rotation will be at the Memorial Division with weekly lectures from Dr.’s Campbell and Nanjundappa, however any complex cases done at the general division will be covered as well. 

Vascular Lab

One month out of each year the fellow will rotate in the vascular laboratory in the Vascular Center of Excellence.  The month will be devoted to learning how noninvasive testing is performed and read.  Each fellow will meet weekly with faculty for a didactic session, emphasizing all the principals involved in non-invasive imaging.  The goal is to have a complete mastery of reading ultrasounds, and each fellow is expected to take and complete the RPVI and RVT.   This experience as well as the experience through case conferences, morbidity and mortality as well as didactic sessions will provide knowledge base for proficiency in noninvasive testing. Residents in the integrated program will also spend time in the vascular lab.

Academic Curriculum

Residents and fellows have protected time for our weekly lecture and bimonthly morbidity and mortality conferences held on Wednesday mornings where fellows, surgical residents, and attending staff all participate in presentations.  The academic curriculum set forth by the APDVS is the core for the lecture series and is strictly followed.  The vascular trainees are responsible for our monthly journal club, where all faculty and residents review and critique the articles. A board review including case discussion occurs weekly.

Additional Training

In addition to the didactic lecture circuit, each fellow will be offered multiple opportunities to attend outside conferences and training sessions.  Most are sponsored by industry and include IVC filter, AV access, and endovascular stent graft courses.  Also, one fellow per year will be allowed to attend the Wesley Moore Review course in Los Angeles California. 

Research

During both years, research is welcomed and required.  A goal of at least one publication per year is required for completion of the fellowship, which is easily accomplished.  However, this is by no means a minimum.  All fellows are encouraged to help participate in any and all topics that are of interest throughout the entire two years. Our group annually averages over 15 publications including book chapters, review articles, and peer reviewed articles.

Call Schedule

Call is split between each fellow evenly each month and will be divided with the 3-5 year vascular surgery residents when the positions are filled. A fellow will cover each day of the month.  The second year fellow will be in charge of the call schedule and will organize it each month.  Call is from home with all consultation requests as well as patient care responsibilities coming to the fellow on call.  The general surgery residents have at least one resident in house who is available to work with the fellow for whatever is needed.  Approximately 1/3 of the nights on call will involve returning to the hospital.  Each fellow, when on, will be the second call, behind the in house general surgery residents.  The vascular center also employee’s midlevel practitioners which aide in the care of the vascular patients. This includes responsibilities of preadmission testing, initial evaluation and discharge of endovascular patients, and office based practice as well.

Application Process
All integrated vascular residency applications are through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) only.  Paper applications will not be accepted.  Applications should contain the following:

  • Complete ERAS application, including personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Dean's Letter
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • USMLE score sheets
  • Transcript
  • International graduates need to include ECFMG certification
  • Photograph for identification purposes at interview

International graduates must hold a standard ECFMG certificate, be a permanent resident, or be eligible for J-1 visa. We do not sponsor H-1 visas.

Applications for the vascular fellowship are accepted through ERAS during the December application cycle.  Paper applications will not be accepted. Applications should contain the following:
 

  • Complete ERAS application, including personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Dean's Letter
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • USMLE score sheets
  • ABSITE score sheets
  • Transcript
  • Photograph for identification purposes at interview

For information about our residency programs write to:
Ashley West
WVU Charleston Division, Department of Surgery
3110 MacCorkle Ave. S.E., Room 3032
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: 304-347-1338
Fax:      304-388-9958
Email awest@hsc.wvu.edu

 

 

 
 
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