UC San Diego Integrated Vascular Program

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UC San Diego’s Integrated Vascular Program is a new program and takes one resident per year and currently has a PGY2 and PGY1. However, the Vascular Division at UC San Diego has a long-rooted history in the local community, including a Vascular Fellowship that has been around for 20 years.

Clinical Experience –  

Our 5 year program starts with 2 years of General Surgery followed by 3 years of intensive Vascular Surgery training with over 1500 cases per year. UC San Diego has a unique training model where clinical experience over the 5 years comes from multiple types of hospitals. (Maximum time of 20 minutes between the two farthest hospitals)

  • Jacobs Medical Center – hybrid OR, complex endovascular aortic cases including PMEGs, open aortic cases, extra-anatomic and lower extremity bypasses, complex peripheral interventions, thoracic cases, concomitant spine cases, joint cancer cases, multi-disciplinary reconstruction cases 
  • Hillcrest Medical Center – Level 1 trauma center, community hospital feel, vascular trauma, dialysis access, lower extremity amputations, peripheral interventions 
  • Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center – dialysis access, EVAR, peripheral interventions, lower extremity amputations 
  • OBL – outpatient same day for fistulograms and peripheral interventions 
  • Kaiser – HMO insurance model, peripheral interventions, dialysis access, EVAR, bread and butter Vascular Surgery

Education – 

High priority for the division with the faculty at all sites emphasizing teaching during rounds, clinic and the operating room. Weekly conferences include Grand Rounds, Morbidity & Mortality report, hour long teaching conference for the VSITE and preoperative conference. Residents will have access to VSITE Score Curriculum throughout training and will take the VSITE in service exam yearly. As an Integrated Resident you will be mentored by the faculty at UC San Diego, the VA, and Kaiser, staff including ultrasonographers from the Vascular Lab and the Vascular Fellows. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to mentor and teach medical students.  

Research –  

As the most productive division within the Department of Surgery, there are plenty of opportunities to participate in both clinical and basic science research. There is a dedicated research team in the division of Vascular Surgery comprised of post doctoral fellows, visiting scholars, surgical residents and medical students. The research team has formal training in statistical analysis and will help all clinical residents produce papers and posters. Annually, the team produces over 50 manuscripts and presentations for national Vascular meetings.  

Location –  

San Diego is one of the largest cities in the country and is a fantastic place to live for 5 years. On days off you can find yourself surfing in the Pacific, hiking any time during the year or boarding at the ski resorts only an hour away. Additionally, given the large metropolitan area there are restaurants for all different tastes from Michelin stars to local taco shops and a craft brewery scene that is unrivaled.  

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