A vascular fellowship training program at Rush University Medical School was formally established in 1988 by Dr. Hassan Najafi, chairman of the department of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery at that time. Since its inception, the fellowship has flourished and grown into one of the premier vascular surgery training programs in the country. In 2002 we expanded our fellowship to two years so as to allow fellows to obtain not only an outstanding operative experience, but also the training in ultrasound and endovascular technique that is crucial for today's vascular surgeon. With the advent of numerous exciting advances in the field of vascular surgery, our goal at Rush is to provide our trainees with the cutting-edge knowledge and skill sets necessary to be successful practicing vascular surgeons. We fully expect graduates of our training program to go on to become leaders in their region, and to make significant contributions to the field of vascular surgery.
One of the advantages of training at a major institution such as Rush is having access to the latest advances and being a part of the newest treatment modalities that technology has to offer. However, in addition to obtaining experience with these newer techniques, we strive to provide our trainees a solid foundation of operative experience on which they can build a career. We take a comprehensive approach to ensure that our fellows are competent and qualified to handle any aspect of vascular surgery.
The first year of our fellowship is spent partially outside the operating room and involves time in the vascular lab, the angiography suite, and performing clinical research. A goal of the first year is completion of at least one major manuscript to be submitted for publication and presentation. The second year is spent in the operating room, on the wards, and in the outpatient office. The second-year fellow is responsible for the entire surgical service and coordinates the inpatient care of all vascular patients and consults.
The training program has multiple conferences to ensure that fellows and staff alike are involved in a continuous process of education. In addition to the standard morbidity/mortality conferences and journal clubs, we offer a variety of conferences geared specifically toward the fellows. Examples include the vascular case conference, the noninvasive lab conference, and the core curriculum conference, which all occur on a weekly basis.
This training program is designed to create vascular surgeons who possess superior judgment, excellent technical skill, and the advanced knowledge required to provide superb care to a complex patient population. I welcome you to Rush, and look forward to involving you in our exciting academic and clinical program.
Walter J. McCarthy MD
Chief, Section of Vascular Surgery
Department of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery
Rush University Medical Center