Subject Area Modules

Purchasing the VESAP3 comprehensive package provides access to all 10 VESAP3 modules, in learning and exam mode, for $151 less than the cost of purchasing all modules individually. Click here to learn more about purchasing the comprehensive package.

Modules can also be purchased individually. The pricing per module is 

  • Member: $65
  • Candidate: $55
  • Non-member: $75
ModuleLearning ObjectivesQuestionsCME
Brachiocephalic and Cerebrovascular​
  • Identify anatomy related to the extracranial carotid artery and vertebral artery systems.
  • Describe the correct diagnosis and medical management of disorders involving the extracranial carotid artery and vertebral artery. 
  • Explain the indications for surgical or endovascular interventions for these disorders.
60 Questions7.5
Upper Extremity Arterial and Venous Disease​
  • ​Discuss recognition, natural history, and decision-making capabilities pertinent to the management of patients with vascular disorders of the upper extremity.
  • Describe the normal and anomalous anatomy of the aortic arch and origin branches and the clinical and surgical implications of those differences as it relates to patient management.
50 Questions7.5
Dialysis Access Management​
  • ​Identify optimal strategies to choose the appropriate hemodialysis access to place in a patient.
  • Describe various hemodialysis accesses' complications and their management.
60 Questions7.5
Aortic and Iliac Aneurysmal Disease
  • Describe the modern operative and non-operative management of various pathologies affecting the human aorta to include injury, aneurysm, dissection, occlusion, infection and anatomic variants.
  • Discuss the various complications that can be associated with attempted treatment of aortic pathology and the subsequent successful medical or surgical management of these complications.
63 Questions7.5
Renal and Mesenteric Vascular Disease
  • ​Identify the most appropriate management approaches for atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis, fibromuscular dysplasia of the renal arteries, renal artery dissection, renal artery aneurysm, and arteriovenous fistulae of the kidney. 
  • Review the management strategy for acute and chronic mesenteric ischemia, spontaneous dissection of the superior mesenteric artery or celiac artery, mesenteric artery aneurysms, and mesenteric venous thrombosis. 
60 Questions7.5
Lower Extremity Arterial Vascular Disease​
  • ​Review the spectrum of lower extremity arterial occlusive diseases, including their pathophysiology, presentation, diagnosis and medical, endovascular and open surgical management techniques.  
  • Explain lower extremity arterial conditions, including acute arterial occlusion, lower extremity arterial aneurysms, lower extremity vascular trauma, and other miscellaneous lower extremity arterial conditions, including their pathophysiology, diagnosis and management.
50 Questions7.5
Venous and Lymphatic Disease
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of acute and chronic venous disease.
  • Explain the benefits of anticoagulation and thrombolysis for acute venous thromboembolism.
57 Questions7.5
Vascular Medicine
  • Explain, evaluate, and manage vasculitides, disorders of coagulation, and other non-atherosclerotic vascular diseases.
  • Identify current pharmacologic therapies for lipid disorders, metabolic diseases, hypertension, foot infections, symptomatic peripheral artery disease, and other vascular disorders.​
60 Questions7.5
Vascular Lab
  • Discuss the basic principles of ultrasound physics and their application to vascular ultrasound and recognize common imaging and Doppler artifacts encountered in the vascular laboratory.
  • Identify interpretation skills applying standard diagnostic criteria for the diagnosis of cerebrovascular, visceral and peripheral artery stenosis (pre- and post-intervention) using duplex ultrasound.
50 Questions7.5
Radiological Imaging and Radiation Safety​​
  • Describe methods to reduce radiation exposure during fluoroscopic procedures.
  • Review safe operation of fluoroscopic equipment.
50 Questions7.5


Upon completion of VESAP3, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate of clinical and surgical vascular knowledge using evidence-based resources
  • Demonstrate the application of vascular knowledge through performance-based clinical scenarios
  • Demonstrate mastery of current vascular evidence-based knowledge and skills

Target Audience

It is an invaluable aid for vascular surgeons in preparing for the qualifying, certification, and recertification examinations in vascular surgery and to remain current in the specialty of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy.

Vascular residents and fellows will find it a useful study aid for their ABSITE or VSITE examinations. Interventional radiologists, cardiologists, vascular medicine specialists, and allied health care professionals focusing on vascular diseases may use VESAP3 self-assessment to keep abreast of the current practice of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy.


The Society for Vascular Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit for VESAP3 Comprehensive Package

The Society for Vascular Surgery designates this enduring material for a maximum of 75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Designation of Credit for VESAP3 Module

The Society for Vascular Surgery designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Original Release Date

September 2, 2014

Expiration Date

VESAP3 will expire on September 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET. CME credit and the VESAP3 program, including all content, will no longer be available after this date.