Vascular Surgery Residency Curriculum


    Vascular Resident

    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 Springfield Memorial Hospital, that are separated by less than a mile.  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 primarily 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.

    Dr. Zhang supervises residents in the Surgical Skills Lab

    Ample time is provided for the residents to participate in clinical and non-invasive vascular laboratory research. 

    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.


    Vascular Core Conference
    Core conference is held every Tuesday at 4 p.m. and is for vascular residents.  Vascular trainees will review and discuss a topic from one of the vascular textbooks or the SCORE curriculum.

    Vascular M&M and Interesting Case Conference
    Vascular residents and surgery residents on the vascular rotation are required to attend vascular M&M and the interesting case conference.  The conference will occur weekly on Friday at 7 a.m.  The fourth-year vascular resident will present cases at this conference. Attendance at this conference is mandatory.

    Vascular Conference
    Vascular conference is held every Friday at 8 a.m.  Attendance is mandatory for vascular residents and residents on the vascular surgery service. Listed below are the four broad topics for this conference, which occur on a rotating schedule.  An index will be provided with the specific topics to be discussed each week. 

    First Friday Conference –  This conference will consist of rotating topics such as a review of questions obtained from V-SCORE, Non-Invasive Vascular Lab/RPVI Review, Operative Skills presentations, and presentations by members of the industry to highlight new technologies.    

    Clinical Curriculum Conference – This conference will provide a systematic review of topics chosen from the APDVS index list.  The format will consist of a review and discussion of published articles germane to the topic at hand.  Articles for this conference will be chosen by the third-year vascular resident according to a predetermined topic schedule.

    Vascular Topics – This conference will be presented by the vascular residents and faculty from a selected list of topics or topics of particular interest to the presenter.  This conference will also feature invited speakers on vascular-related topics of interest such as wound care, orthotics and prosthetics, new technologies, innovations in vascular surgery, etc.  

    Journal Club – This conference will serve as a review of three to five pertinent articles chosen from a monthly survey of current vascular journals.  Articles addressing basic science issues as well as clinical issues will be presented.

    General Surgery Grand Rounds and Core Conference
    PGY 1-3 vascular residents will be required to attend general surgery conferences every Thursday from 7 a.m.m - 10 a.m.   M&M conference is held each week at 7 a.m., Grand Rounds are held every other Thursday at 8 a.m., and Core Conference is held every Thursday at 9 a.m.


    Although the order of PGY 1-3 rotations varies from year to year, an example progression follows.  

    PGY 1 
    4 monthsVascular Surgery
    2 monthsGeneral Surgery
    2 monthsColorectal Surgery
    1 month eachTrauma, Ortho Foot/Ankle, Body Imaging, Vascular Lab
    PGY 2 
    4 months Vascular Surgery
    3 months General Surgery
    1 month eachAnesthesia, Plastic Surgery, Trauma, ENT, Colorectal
    PGY 3 
    6 monthsVascular Surgery
    2 months Trauma 
    1 month eachGeneral Surgery, Cardiothoracic, Cardiology, Colerectal 
    PGY 4 & 5  
    12 months eachVascular Surgery

    For further information please contact:
    Rhonda Loyd, Residency Program Coordinator
    (217) 545-8444