Vascular Surgery Fellowship Overview

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Thank you for your interest in the Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School. We offer one of the oldest ACGME-accredited two-year fellowships in vascular surgery in the United States, graduating our first fellow in 1978. Since then our graduates have become leaders in academic vascular surgery as well as in their community practices across the country.

We currently accept two vascular surgery fellows to begin training August 1 of every even year and one vascular surgery fellow every odd year. Our vascular surgery fellows rotate through three hospitals offering unique training environments.

- University Hospital, Newark, NJ. University Hospital serves as the primary teaching hospital of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and its associated residency and fellowship training programs. At this quaternary care, academic referral center, our fellows are exposed to a wide array of vascular surgery problems ranging from common, everyday operations to complex open and endovascular reconstructions. The vascular surgery service clinic is run by the vascular surgery fellow, under supervision by a faculty vascular surgeon, and will afford the trainee the opportunity to take a patient through all phases of perioperative care.

- Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ. A teaching affiliate of Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School, HackensackUMC is one of the largest and busiest hospitals in New Jersey. It is staffed by a large vascular surgery group, all of whom hold clinical teaching appointments at Rutgers, that practices in all areas of the specialty and continues to push boundaries in endovascular interventions. The vascular surgery fellow will experience a large, progressive private practice of vascular surgeons dedicated to the training of our fellows.

- Jersey City Medical Center/RWJBarnabas Health, Jersey City, NJ. The most recent addition to our fellowship training program, Jersey City Medical Center is the Level 2 Trauma Center of Hudson County and an affiliate of the RWJBarnabas Health System. Here, Rutgers vascular surgeons bring their experience in complex interventions to a community-based setting in the heart of New Jersey's second-largest city. The vascular surgery fellow will learn how to develop a community-based practice at a resource-rich community hospital within the largest health system in New Jersey, seeing patients with a variety of vascular pathologies needing ever-complex vascular reconstructions.

The didactic curriculum is composed of a weekly Preoperative Case Conference and, on a rotating schedule, monthly Vascular Surgery Morbidity & Mortality, Journal Club, or Core Curriculum Lecture. All fellows will convene at University Hospital once weekly to attend the Division's conference activities. In addition to this protected time, the fellows also receive dedicated time to interpret vascular studies in preparation for the Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) examination.

The Division of Vascular Surgery is also actively involved in a number of trials, including the recently completed CREST trial, which was started by Dr. Robert Hobson, II, here at Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School.

We hope this brief overview has given you an idea of the broad-based vascular surgery training available at the New Jersey Medical School. Should you have any questions regarding the program, please do not hesitate to give us a call or send an email.

Timothy Wu, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School
Program Director, Vascular Surgery Fellowship