Integrated Vascular Surgery Training Program

Program description

The USC program in vascular surgery offers a five-year integrated track that is conducted at the USC Health Sciences Campus and Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, as well as at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. The integrated track is offered to those who have an MD degree but have not received formal surgical training.

The integrated track provides a progressive learning experience for first or second graduate year (GY 1-2) residents, which focuses on core elements that are relevant to vascular surgery. The GY 3 resident experience includes core general surgery, vascular diagnostics and vascular medicine. This is followed by GY 4-5, where the resident masters the knowledge and skills necessary to be an expert vascular and endovascular surgeon. Upon completion of GY 3, the vascular resident will have one year of research to deepen their understanding of vascular surgery. That year may be spent in clinical research or attaining an advanced degree. GY 4 is focused on providing an in-depth endovascular and noninvasive vascular laboratory experience that is enhanced by two clinical experiences at participating hospitals, where the resident performs a broad array of vascular surgery. During GY 4, the resident, under faculty oversight, also will be engaged in clinical research. GY 5 is structured around open vascular surgery, ambulatory care and inpatient care at the Keck Hospital of USC and LAC+USC Medical Center. Integrated GY 4-5 participants are considered senior residents in the program.

The faculty members who are responsible for vascular surgery education are members of the division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy. Faculty members from the surgery, anesthesia, radiology and medicine departments participate in the resident curriculum during GY 1-3. Senior resident rotations are designed to provide the resident with a balanced education in index vascular surgery procedures; complex, redo and unusual procedures; endovascular procedures; and invasive and noninvasive diagnostics for vascular disease.

At Huntington Memorial Hospital, the senior resident is exposed to a large volume of open reconstructive and endovascular procedures. The resident team consists of a PGY 1 and PGY 2 or 3 surgery resident along with the vascular resident. The hospital has an active emergency room and is a Level II Trauma Center. As the major provider of acute care services in the west San Gabriel Valley, a diverse experience in vascular problems of an urgent and emergent nature is available.

At the USC Health Sciences Campus, the senior resident will oversee the Keck Hospital of USC vascular surgery service, which also includes a PGY 1 and 2 surgery resident. Keck Hospital of USC is a major referral center, providing the resident with experience in complex and redo vascular surgery procedures. Vascular faculty performs a wide range of endovascular procedures, including aortic stent grafts, percutaneous angioplasty/stents and diagnostic angiography. Keck Hospital of USC also has an active ICAVL-accredited noninvasive vascular laboratory directed by USC faculty.

LAC+USC Medical Center is one of the largest hospitals in the United States, with the busiest emergency room and largest trauma center in the country. The senior vascular resident supervises a busy vascular service with a broad spectrum of vascular disease, including atherosclerosis, embolic/thrombotic disorders, arteritis and traumatic vascular injuries. The service is fully integrated with the vascular medicine service at LAC+USC Medical Center.

Hospital rotation sites

Huntington Memorial Hospital
Keck Hospital of USC
LAC+USC Medical Center

Applications

The Integrated Vascular Surgery Training Program at the University of Southern California accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). You also must register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Links to these organizations are provided on the sidebar.

Our requirements for application include:

  • Common application form
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcripts
  • MSPE/dean’s letter
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum of three)
  • Photograph
  • USMLE transcripts
  • ECFMG status report (foreign graduates only)

Contact information

Kelli Gray
Residency/Fellowship Coordinator
Division of Surgical Education, Department of Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street, Suite 4300
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 442-5755
Fax: (323) 442-6887
Email: kelli.gray@med.usc.edu

Vincent L. Rowe, MD
Vascular Surgery Program Director
Email: vincent.rowe@med.usc.edu