First Year Rotation - Vascular Surgery Fellowship
Mercy Medical Center - A private hospital that was ranked the No. 2 hospital in Maryland 2014 and is just 10 blocks east from University. Three full-time vascular surgeons operate there 2-3 days/week each, and run a clinic and vascular laboratory alongside two full-time PAs.
There is a hybrid OR and access to mobile c-arms as needed. They perform over 1000 endovascular and open surgical procedures in the ORs annually. The most common procedures are peripheral extremity endovascular interventions, EVARs, open lower-extremity bypasses, hemodialysis access construction and maintenance, venous reflux treatments, and carotid endarterectomies and stenting.
UMMC Midtown Campus - UMMC's second campus, Midtown is only located 10 blocks north of the medical center. This hospital provides a unique community vascular experience, with fellows working closely, directly and independently with private cardiologists, nephrologists and general practitioners.
Currently, three faculty members have operative days and clinic at Midtown. There is a full vascular laboratory on site and support from two surgical nurse practitioners. The most commonly performed cases are peripheral extremity endovascular diagnostics and interventions, hemodialysis access construction and maintenance, and open lower-extremity bypasses.
Catheterization Lab/Vascular Laboratory/Research - You spend this rotation at UMMC. You are responsible for covering AM catheter lab cases (primarily lower extremity arterial and venous diagnostic procedures and minor interventions).
You also work with the second-year fellow to cover extra cases at the main campus. As you are not running a service, the rotation allows for dedicated time for reading and interpreting the required minimum of 500 vascular laboratory studies. This eligibility to take the required RPVI exam during the end of your first year or beginning of your second year.
You also have the opportunity to spend one afternoon a week in the vascular laboratory alongside technicians to gain real-time exposure to the performance of these studies, and the chance to perform some of the procedures yourself.
There is one vascular faculty assigned to vascular laboratory study interpretation each week. They are responsible for checking your reads. They will meet with you at least once during that week to review your reads and discuss a related topic.
This rotation also access to one of the many clinical research projects available with the faculty. Some of the recent endeavors have included: presenting blunt cerebrovascular injury case series at ASC, co-authoring a chapter on vascular trauma for Greenfields, and submissions to EVS.