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Training Program Overview

The objective of this training program is to equip young surgeons and scientists with the ability to collaboratively perform cutting edge vascular research in a variety of important areas. The following goals are targeted for trainees in this program: 1) develop the intellectual and technical skills required to conduct high level basic, translational, and/or clinical outcomes research 2) be exposed to new cutting edge research techniques, technologies and concepts, 3) develop the oral and written skills necessary for scientific communication, manuscript preparation and grant writing, 4) develop the ability to network and collaborate, 5) develop management skills necessary to lead a research team and 6) understand core principles in the ethical and responsible conduct of research.

Post-doctoral trainees accepted into the Vascular Surgery Research Training Program will engage in a mentored laboratory research project which will be complemented by a curriculum in clinical trials, research design, ethics and data analysis. The training program will foster the development of knowledge, competence, skills, professional attitudes, and experience required for successful academic careers that includes independently funded research.

Through coursework, seminars and conference, trainees will obtain knowledge and skills in these areas:

  • Biostatistics and study design
  • Ethics/responsible conduct of research
  • Career development/leadership
  • Communication of research findings
  • Scientific writing
  • Research knowledge specific to field of study
  • Broad research knowledge in vascular disease
  • Basic, translational and clinical vascular surgery research principles

An individualized learning plan will be developed for each trainee to ensure all trainees have a well rounded experience. In addition to the mentored research training, participation in a variety of courses, workshops and seminars, and weekly research meetings primarily on the UW-Madison campus will be outlined based on individual interests and needs to ensure training objectives are met. In selected cases, the learning plan will include a Masters Degree in Clinical Investigation.


This program is funded through the National Institutes of Health, thus trainee stipends are fixed by the NIH and vary depending on the number of years of experience following doctoral degree. Trainees are also eligible for health insurance, tuition support, and some travel money when appropriate for advancing the training experience.


Applicants must be MDs, MD/PhDs or PhDs. MDs, MD/PhDs must have completed a minimum of two years clinical training in surgery prior to enrolling in the program (usually PGY 3 or 4). Applications are accepted up to 2 years in advance of enrollment. PhDs will be considered for enrollment either immediately following completion of their degree or at the end of their first postdoctoral fellowship (postdoctoral years 3 or 4).

Applicants must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the US, or permanent residents of the US. Individuals from underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System