The Division of Vascular Surgery offers a five year vascular surgery residency program, with one position available each year, that was approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2009. Applicants must be graduates of LCME-accredited medical schools, osteopathic schools accredited by AOA, or foreign medical schools with ECFMG certification. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is affiliated with two 600-bed private hospitals, St. John’s Hospital and Memorial Medical Center, that are separated by three-quarters of a mile. The vascular faculty members include Drs. Kim Hodgson, Don Ramsey, Robert McLafferty, Douglas Hood and Colleen Moore. Residents who complete the program are eligible for a primary vascular surgery certificate from the American Board of Surgery.
The operative caseload is varied, covering virtually every aspect of peripheral vascular surgery, but is weighed toward open and endovascular management of carotid stenosis, aortic aneurysms, and lower extremity arterial occlusive disease. The resident is also responsible for interpreting non-invasive laboratory studies, for seeing inpatient consultations, for preparing a vascular conference every week, and for assisting in the outpatient clinic.
SIU has an outstanding reputation for innovative methods of surgical education, including a premier surgical skills lab. Vascular surgery residents will participate in structured learning experiences including a “boot camp” to master basic surgical skills such as knot tying, suturing, central line placement, anastomotic techniques, chest tube insertion, surgical airway placement and laparoscopic skills. In addition, vascular residents will participate in the department’s Residents as Teachers (RATS) program. Core surgical rotations are concentrated in the first three years of the residency in conjunction with the Division of General Surgery. The current block diagram of rotations is shown below.
Please feel free to contact our offices at the School of Medicine with any questions you may have concerning the Vascular Residency Program.
SIU School of Medicine
Division of Vascular Surgery
Attn: Rhonda Loyd
PO Box 19638
Springfield, IL 62794-9638
Applications for the residency program will be accepted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The following documentation is required for your application to be considered complete:
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal Statement
- Curriculum Vitae
- Dean’s Letter
- Medical School Transcripts
- USMLE Scores
- ECFMG Certification (if applicable)
NRMP – National Resident Matching Program
SIU Residency Affairs – www.siumed.edu/resaffairs
ERAS – Electronic Residency Application Service
APDVS - Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery