Vascular Surgery Residency

Program Overview

The Vascular Surgery Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a five-year, ACGME-accredited integrated program (mixing general surgery and vascular surgery through the first four years) that admits one resident per year.

Program Director’s Welcome

The Division of Vascular Surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has a long history of training vascular surgery fellows. In October 2009, RRC approved our institution for an Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency. Our first integrated vascular surgery resident graduated in 2016. This five-year comprehensive clinical training program in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery matches medical students directly into vascular training, with 24 months of general surgery and 36 months of vascular surgery incorporated over the five years.

The program is based at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, with electives available to rotate with division faculty at Mount Nittany Medical Center. A complete schedule of didactic sessions and clinical conferences supplements the patient care and research activities of the Vascular Surgery Service.

The clinical expertise of the division includes all components of the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disorders. Patients with a wide variety of arterial, venous and lymphatic diseases receive evaluation from a whole-patient perspective. The surgical faculty employ numerous methods and technologies for vascular reconstruction in patients requiring invasive therapy, as well as offer medical management for those with milder forms of disease. The entire spectrum of endovascular therapy is provided through the integrated framework of the Heart and Vascular Institute. The Division of Vascular Surgery provides non-invasive vascular testing as an integral part of patient management, and is both nationally and internationally recognized for its excellence.

The academic mission of the division embraces scholarship in both clinical and related basic sciences. The Vascular Surgery Residency trainees have the opportunity to pursue research work that has led to presentation and publication of their work at regional and national conferences. The division participates in major national clinical trials. It is active at all levels in developing quality standards for noninvasive testing.

Our Team

Curriculum

Teaching in the Vascular Surgery Residency is performed using the following teaching methods:

  • Mandatory Conferences (please see “Conference” tab)
  • Mandatory rotation in an attending’s office once per week.
  • Direct teaching in the operating room and during patient care.

Assessment Methods for Residents

  • Verbal feedback during daily rounds and walk rounds
  • Written self-evaluation twice a year
  • Written evaluation by physician assistants at conclusion of rotation
  • Written evaluation by faculty at conclusion of rotation
  • Written evaluation by nurses twice a year
  • Written evaluation by inpatients and outpatients once a month

Program Evaluation Assessment Methods

  • Written evaluation at completion of each rotation
  • Written evaluation of the program at the completion of each year
  • Performance on VSITE examination (yearly)

Level of Supervision

The nighttime and weekend attending call schedule is available to all through SmartWeb and the vascular surgery office. An attending is designated to be the rounder each weekday. The rounder is responsible for all daytime and intra-operative consults and transfers.

Educational Resources

  • American College of Surgeons Fundamentals of Surgery Curriculum
  • Anatomic Exposures in Vascular Surgery
  • Rutherford Vascular Surgery
  • Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE)

Training Includes

  • Fluoroscopy Training Program
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Rotations

The Vascular Surgery Residency (integrated 0/5 program) rotation schedule includes:

PGY-1

  • Vascular (four months)
  • Anesthesia
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • HVICU
  • Night Float
  • Plastic Surgery
  • SICU
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Trauma

PGY-2

  • Vascular (six months)
  • HVICU (two months)
  • Pinnacle Health – Community Vascular
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Trauma

PGY-3

  • Vascular (four months)
  • Mount Nittany – Vascular (two months)
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Pinnacle Health – Community Vascular
  • SICU
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Thoracic
  • Trauma

PGY-4

  • Vascular (six months)
  • Mount Nittany – Vascular (two months)
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Pinnacle Health – Community Vascular
  • Emergency General Surgery
  • Trauma

PGY-5

  • Vascular (10 months)
  • Mount Nittany – Vascular (two months)

Conferences

Monday

  • Noon to 1 p.m. second Monday of each month: HVI Basic Science Lecture

Thursday

  • 7 to 8 a.m. weekly: General Surgery Education Lectures
  • 7 to 8 a.m. quarterly: Office of Graduate Medical Education Core Competencies Lecture Series
  • 8 to 9 a.m. weekly: Vascular Teaching Conference
  • 9 to 10 a.m. weekly: Vascular Skills, CBL, Journal Club and Interesting Articles

Friday

  • 7 to 8 a.m. weekly: Vascular Preoperative and Morbidity and Mortality

There are also Surgical and Heart and Vascular Institute Grand Rounds, along with Surgery Morbidity and Mortality.

Vascular Teaching Conference

  • Bi-annual cadaver and simulation lab
  • Vascular science didactic lab
  • Varied lectures by residents, fellows and faculty members

General Surgery Education and Training

  • Topics and location are assigned weekly
  • PGY-1 through PGY-3 residents are required to attend these sessions if deemed relevant by the Assistant Program Director.
  • If sessions are not relevant, vascular skills, case-based learning or sessions in the Vascular Lab will be assigned.

Attendance Requirements

Residents on vacation are excused from all conferences. Other than this exception or other extenuating circumstances previously approved by the Program Director and reported to the Program Coordinator, residents are expected to attend all conferences. If at an off-site rotation, please use the Adobe Connect link to sign into Vascular Teaching Conference and Vascular Preoperative and M and M Conference. Residents must participate in 75 percent of all required conferences.

To Apply

Interested applicants should apply through ERAS.

Below are the interview dates for the 2017-18 interview season. Applications must be submitted before the latest date to be considered for an interview.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
  • Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
  • Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

If selected to interview, applicants will receive a notification from ERAS to schedule the interview date. Once it is scheduled, the Residency Coordinator will send information regarding pre-interview dinners, hotels and interview schedules. If you have questions prior to this, please contact us.

USMLE

Step 2 CS is preferred and recommended for integrated vascular surgery residents, since the program is highly competitive. Preference is given to candidates who have already passed their examinations. Step 2 must be completed before we can rank you for the match. Residents must take the USMLE Step 3 before completing their intern year.

Faculty

Current Residents

Past Residents

Contact Us

Mailing Address

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Division of Vascular Surgery
P.O. Box 850, MC H053
Hershey, PA 17033-0850

General Contact Information

Phone: 717-531-8898

Fax: 717-531-4151

Penn State College of Medicine is an equal-opportunity employer and accepts all qualified applications regardless of their gender, ethnic origin or religious background.