The University of Wisconsin has a strong tradition of vascular surgery training, with a fellowship since 1999 and an integrated residency since 2009.
The current practice of vascular surgery demands broad training in operative techniques, increasing familiarity with catheter-based techniques, and formal training in vascular laboratory testing and interpretation. Our integrated 0-5 program provides considerable breadth of training in vascular surgery to meet these training demands.
The major goals of our integrated program are to provide incremental, progressive training in core surgery (CS) and vascular surgery (VS) during the five-year program, focusing on areas that will be critically important to the needs of a practicing vascular specialist. Progressively increased resident responsibility will be provided under careful attending supervision. Over the course of the five-year training period, vascular residents will spend a total of 18 months on core surgery rotations during their PGY-1 through PGY-3 years and 42 months on vascular surgery rotations, including 12 months of vascular training during the PGY-1 through PGY-3 years and 48 months of vascular care during their PGY-4 and PGY-5 years. This is a robust training that includes rotations at three integrated sites (UW Hospital, William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital and Meriter Hospital). The vascular residents will rotate through general surgery services, intensive care and trauma units, radiology services, thoracic surgery, cardiac surgery, transplant surgery, plastic surgery, cardiology, and vascular surgery services at UWHC and the VA Hospital at the appropriate levels of training to optimize learning. There is a four-week elective built into the PGY-3 year.
Given the recent growth in clinical volume at UW with the addition of three new faculty members in the last two years, we are able to maintain both the integrated residency program and the fellowship program. Four senior trainees (PGY-4 and PGY-5 integrated residents and first- and second-year fellows) allow for case volumes that exceed the 50th percentile nationally for all our trainees while providing residents greater time to read and develop critical thinking/research skills and requiring fewer call days and allowing for strict compliance with ACGME mandated work hour rules.
Our faculty members believe we offer the vascular trainee one of the premier integrated vascular residency positions in the country. Our strengths are multiple, including but not limited to the diversity of faculty, the volume of open complex vascular cases, and our capacity as a regional referral center for carotid stenting, thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair, EVAR and fenestrated EVAR, TEVAR, and limb salvage angioplasty programs. Perhaps our greatest strength lies in the inherent comradery that exists between our vascular trainees and faculty as well as the general surgery residents and faculty within the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin.
This five-year training program is designed to produce surgeons who can not only provide comprehensive care to the vascular patient, but also can be expected to fully participate in the rapid expansion of the field of vascular surgery, both clinically and academically. The resident is expected by the completion of training to have acquired the clinical judgment and technical skills necessary to be an independent practitioner of vascular surgery at the level of a board certified specialist. Our UW Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency has the full support of faculty in the Division of Vascular Surgery and our Divisional Chair, Dr. Jon Matsumura, as well as Dr. Jacob Greenberg who serves as the General Surgery Residency Program Director, and our Department of Surgery Chair, Dr. Rebecca Minter. We look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your consideration.
John Rectenwald, MD, MS
Professor of Surgery
600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53792
Paul DiMusto, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Program Director, Vascular Surgery Residency and Fellowship
G5/325 Clinical Science Center
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792