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December 1, 2010

SIU Med School to Begin New Vascular Surgery Residency

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will offer a five-year residency training program in vascular surgery for new physicians, starting in July 2011.  Physicians interested in vascular surgery as their specialty now will be able to focus on it sooner after graduating from medical school and be board certified in vascular surgery when their training is completed.

“This new way to train vascular surgeons has become more popular, allowing training in the specialty to be completed in five years rather than the previous route of a five-year general surgery residency followed by a two-year vascular fellowship,” said Dr. Douglas Hood, associate professor of vascular surgery and the new program director.  “SIU is known for being on the cutting edge of surgical education so it’s only natural that we would pursue this.”

In addition to Hood, the other SIU vascular surgery specialists who teach in the new training program are Dr. Kim Hodgson, professor and division chair; Dr. Robert McLafferty, professor; Dr. Colleen Moore, assistant professor, and Dr. Don Ramsey, associate professor.

SIU’s new residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  One senior medical student will be admitted to the training program each year through the residency match held in March.

In recent years training in general surgery and vascular surgery have diverged largely because of the development of less-invasive endovascular therapies to treat vascular diseases.  Many of these were pioneered by SIU vascular surgeons who continue to research and teach the full spectrum of vascular surgical and endovascular procedures.

SIU has residency training programs for physicians in 15 other specialty areas.  There are 273 residents training in these programs -- dermatology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, medicine/psychiatry, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology and five other surgery programs – general, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, plastics and urology.