Evaluating the venous experience in vascular surgery training

Michael C. Siah, Steven D. Abramowitz, Paul Haser, John Ricotta, Edward Y. Woo, Robyn Macsata

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Objective There is an increasing recognition and treatment of venous disease in the United States; results of the Society for Vascular Surgery 2014 membership survey showed that venous disease represents 18.8% of a vascular surgeon's current practice. Despite this, there are no operative objectives or case requirements specific to venous disease for vascular surgery trainees. The objective of this study was to examine the current venous surgical training experience of graduating vascular surgery trainees. Methods Following Institutional Review Board waiver and Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery and Residency Review Committee approval, results of the 2014 Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery Educational Needs Assessment Survey pertinent to venous training as well as the Vascular Surgery In-Training Examination (VSITE) venous scores were summarized. Using the Residency Review Committee case log database, venous case logs of 0/5 resident and 5/2 fellow vascular surgery graduates from 2012 to 2015 differentiated by Current Procedural Technology code were summarized. Venous case logs of 0/5 vascular surgery residents were compared with those of 5/2 fellows using a Student t-test, with results considered statistically significant at P <.05. Results Of the recent vascular surgery graduates, 15% thought they encountered training gaps in venous procedures; 54% thought this was due to a gap in vascular surgery training, whereas 43% thought this was due to evolution in technology. Venous VSITE scores were similar between 0/5 residents and 5/2 fellows (69% vs 76% correct answers, respectively), as were overall VSITE scores (70% vs 74% correct answers, respectively). The 0/5 residents completed between 11 and 264 cases and 5/2 fellows completed between 1 and 188 cases during their training. The 0/5 residents’ venous cases were 8.1% of overall cases and the 5/2 fellows’ cases were 4.3% of overall cases during their training. Conclusions Current vascular surgery trainee experience is highly variable and not consistent with future vascular surgery clinical practice. Vascular surgery trainee fund of knowledge does not appear affected. Program directors should consider developing a better-defined venous curriculum that includes venous case minimums in defined categories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)446-452
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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