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Vascular Surgery Residency/Fellowship Programs

Our Fellowship has been accredited since1984 without reservations by the Residency Review Committee and the ACGME. The fellowship has just been fully reviewed by the RRC and has been approved again without citations through 2021. Currently, all clinical services are performed with faculty and attending staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In addition, fellows will also see patients and perform procedures in several outpatient offices in the surrounding communities.

Our Fellowship and Residency in Vascular Surgery is designed to provide a comprehensive experience in the care of patients with vascular disorders. The breadth and depth of training available at our institution will allow our graduating fellows to pursue either an academic or private practice career pathway. The fellow will experience intense specialty training designed to provide a comprehensive experience in the management and treatment of all forms of vascular disease. Our goal is to create competent vascular specialists that can independently provide medical and surgical management for all vascular disease processes. Upon completion of training our fellows should be able to effectively address even the most complex vascular disorders.

The Vascular Integrated Residency Program and the Traditional Vascular Fellowship are both under the direction of Randy Shafritz, MD, FACS. Dr. Shafritz has been a full-time faculty member of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for 16 years.

Academic Training

The ACGME, RRC, and the ABVS have outlined a core vascular curriculum for fellowship trainees. These core areas are addressed through a weekly didactic lecture series. Weekly conferences include case presentation conferences, morbidity and mortality conferences, journal clubs, vascular lab conferences, basic science lectures, and endovascular conferences.

In addition, the residents and fellows will learn how to perform and interpret all non-invasive vascular laboratory tests. The volume of testing is quite extensive and upon completion of the program the fellows will have enough experience to easily obtain the required RPVI certificate required by the American Board of Vascular Surgery.

Clinical Training

Both open surgical and endovascular skills are acquired during the fellowship. All procedures are performed under the direct supervision of our faculty members, and almost all are performed in the operating room environment. No training is outsourced to interventional radiologists or surgeons at other facilities. Diagnostic and therapeutic minimally invasive interventional procedures including dialysis access revisions, carotid, renal and peripheral angioplasty, and endovascular aneurysm repairs are all performed in our state-of-the-art hybrid interventional suite at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. There is also an excellent balance of traditional open vascular reconstructions, including aortic, carotid and lower extremity reconstructions. Our large volume center allows our trainees to gain more clinical and operative experience than most fellows at other training centers.

Our residents and fellows are trained to treat both medically and surgically all aspects of vascular disease; including carotid, aortic, thoracic outlet, renal, visceral, infra-inguinal, venous, lymphatic, dialysis access pathology and vascular trauma. Endovascular interventions include angioplasty and stenting of arterial, venous and dialysis access beds, deployment of fenestrated and complex endografts, mechanical and pharmacological thrombolysis, inferior vena cava filter placement and retrieval through fluoroscopic imaging or use of intravascular ultrasound, duplex guided thrombin injection, and office based interventions, (e.g., vein ablation, sclerotherapy, and even some hemodialysis access procedures). Our volume of open procedures remains one of the highest in the country and includes complex redo open procedures.

There are currently 2 training tracks that candidates can pursue, the 0+5 track and the 5+2 track

0+5 Track - Integrated Vascular Residency Training

The integrated residency in vascular surgery is a five-year (0+5) training program leading to eligibility for certification by the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery. The program accepts one resident per year. Applicants must participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP), applying in their final year of medical school. This five-year vascular surgery residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and leads to board certification in vascular surgery.
Three years are devoted to core surgical training, with some additional rotations on the vascular service and the final two years devoted solely to vascular surgery training. Core surgery rotations may occur throughout the first four years of training. Candidates will be eligible for board certification in vascular surgery upon successful completion of training. Training will include proficiency in the non-invasive vascular lab, as well as full endovascular interventions. Candidates desiring to train in the 0+5 track will not be eligible for board certification in general surgery.

Several factors have made integrated residencies in vascular surgery a desired option, including the shortened training timeline compared to completion of a fellowship after general surgery residency. Advances in technology and changes in clinical care have increased the distinction between general and vascular surgery. The integrated residency allows trainees to learn advanced imaging and interventional skills earlier and with a great deal of in-depth appreciation for the newest technology.

5+2 Track – Traditional Vascular Fellowship Track

Please note that we currently maintain an active Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program (5+2). This traditional fellowship path is a two-year clinical fellowship fully accredited by the ACGME and RRC, and requires completion of an accredited general surgery residency. Upon completion of the program, the fellow will be eligible to take the Vascular Surgery Qualifying Exam to obtain Board Certification of Vascular Surgery, and you will have enough experience to be proficient in the non-invasive vascular laboratory to satisfy the RPVI requirement. The American Board of Surgery no longer requires that you have board certification in General Surgery prior to sitting for the Vascular Surgery Board examinations, however, all of our fellows have obtained their General Surgery Board Certification during the fellowship. The program accepts one fellow per year. Both years are devoted strictly to vascular surgery training.

Vascular Surgery Residency/Fellowship Programs
How to Apply

The selection process for this Vascular Integrated Residency and Vascular Fellowship programs will be done through the NRMP match program. You must therefore file the application through the NRMP . Please contact the NRMP at 202-862-6077 or visit their website to obtain all pertinent data necessary for the match, including application timelines, requirements, fees, and deadlines.

In addition, both of our programs are listed in the online ERAS application. It is required that you participate in ERAS as well.

The ACGME ID # for the 0+5 Integrated Vascular Residency Program is 4513300125.

The ACGME ID # for the 5+2 Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program is 4503321037.

After reviewing your application, we will arrange an interview if deemed appropriate. Interviews for the Vascular Integrated Residency will take place in the Fall and Winter of your 4th year of medical school. These applicants will interview with both general surgery and vascular surgery faculty.

Interviews for the traditional 5+2 Fellowship will take place in the spring of your 4th year of general surgery residency.

Information regarding participation in these programs and all applicable deadlines can be found on the respective websites.

Thank you for your interest in our program, and we look forward to receiving your application.

For additional information please contact our Program Coordinator, JoAnn Miller.

Vascular Fellowship/Residency Program Coordinator:
JoAnn M. Miller
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Division of Vascular Surgery
One Robert Wood Johnson Place
Medical Education Building 541
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 732-235-8770 Fax: 732-235-8516