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VASCULAR SURGERY FELLOWSHIP

Program Director
Keith D. Calligaro, MD

Assistant Program Director
Matthew J. Dougherty, MD

About the Program
The purpose of the Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital is to teach the clinical aspects of vascular disease and treatment through a close working relationship with the staff.

There are two vascular operating rooms, one of which is an endovascular operating room suite with a fixed imaging ceiling-mounted fluoroscope. Only vascular surgeons use this room. All endovascular procedures performed by the fellow are done solely under the direction of the attending vascular surgeons, other than on Fridays when the first-year fellow performs cardiac catheterizations with one of the cardiologists in the cardiac cath lab.

Advanced open surgical procedures and advanced endovascular procedures, including carotid, renal and mesenteric stenting, abdominal and thoracic aortic stent grafting, thrombolysis and other catheter-based procedures, are performed during the two-year fellowship. The program has been continuously accredited by the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery (APDVS) since 1993.

Responsibilities of the First-Year Fellow

  • Assume O.R. and endovascular responsibilities one day per week.
  • Attend non-invasive vascular laboratory one day per week where hands-on studies will be performed, studies interpreted, and ICAVL/SVS videotape reviewed.
  • Participate in endovascular interventions under the direction of cardiology staff one day per week.
  • Attend arterial clinic one day per week where out-patients will be clinically evaluated and managed.
  • Attend venous clinic one day per week where office-based venous procedures including radiofrequency ultrasound-guided ablations, sclerotherapy, stab avulsions will be performed.
  • Participate in clinical research. At least one clinical papers is expected per year.
  • On-call every other night from home to alternate with second year fellow. Fellow will take phone calls directly from patients and answering service.
  • Attend conferences (see schedule).
  • Also assume O.R. and endovascular responsibilities when on-call and when second year fellow is away at conferences and on vacation.
  • Will round daily on in-patients with second year fellow. Each fellow will assume primary responsibility for the cases that he/she has scrubbed on. They will assign any follow-up lab studies or tests to the general surgery intern on the service or to the nurse practitioner and will follow-up with the intern or nurse later in the day at sign-out rounds.

Responsibilities of the Second-Year Fellow

  • On-call every other night from home to alternate with first year fellow. Fellow will take phone calls directly from patients and answering service.
  • Assume O.R. and endovascular responsibilities four days per week, when on call, and when first year fellow is away at conferences and on vacation.
  • Clinical evaluation and management of out-patients in arterial clinic one day per week.
  • Clinical evaluation and management of in-patients in the hospital.
  • Attend conferences (see schedule).
  • Will round daily on in-patients with first year fellow. Each fellow will assume primary responsibility for the cases that he/she has scrubbed on. They will assign any follow-up lab studies or tests to the general surgery intern on the service or to the nurse practitioner and will follow-up with the intern or nurse later in the day at sign-out rounds.

Conferences
All conferences are attended by the attending vascular surgeons, both fellows, the intern, the nurse practitioner, and the medical student on the service. Every Monday at 7:00 am is "Rutherford's Textbook of Vascular Surgery Conference" where chapters in the book are reviewed. Every Friday at 7:00 am is a case presentation conference on the first two Fridays of the month (attended by the vascular surgery attendings, fellows and GS residents from Thomas Jefferson Hospital), an endovascular lecture given every third Friday of the month by the first year fellow, and a Research/Journal Club every fourth Friday of the month.

Eligibility
Satisfactory completion of a Residence Review Committee (RRC) approved five-year General Surgical Residency and licensure in Pennsylvania.

Responsible to:
Keith D. Calligaro, MD
Chief, Section on Vascular Surgery/ Program Director, Vascular Surgery Fellowship

How to Apply
Please arrange to supply letters of recommendation from the director of your general surgery residency program and the chief of vascular surgery at the place of your residency.

Return all information to:

Keith D. Calligaro, MD
Director, Vascular Surgery Fellowship
Pennsylvania Hospital
700 Spruce Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Telephone: 215-829-5000
Fax: 215-627-3199

 



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