Vascular Medicine Fellowship Program

College

  • Center City Campus
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Degree Earned

  • Fellowship

Program Length

1 year

Program Type

  • On Campus

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The Jefferson Vascular Medicine Fellowship is an advanced graduate medical education beyond a core residency program in Internal Medicine for physicians who desire to practice Vascular Medicine. The fellowship will train candidates to become vascular medicine specialist eligible to become diplomats of the American Board of Vascular Medicine (ABVM). The program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals is as unique training program aimed at producing the next generation of Vascular Medicine specialist able not only to practice the specialty with the highest standards, but to become regional and national academic leaders. 

Program Structure & Training Goals

The fellow enrolled in the Jefferson Vascular Medicine Fellowship will fulfill the requirements to be eligible to take the American Board of Vascular Medicine examination through dedicated care of patients with vascular diseases under the Division of Vascular Medicine faculty supervision.  

The core training in Vascular Medicine entails clinical rotations with appropriate faculty supervision and conditional independence to be completed over a period of 12 month depending on the effort time dedicated to training or clinical core duties. Table 1 depicts the clinical rotations a trainee must complete including inpatient vascular medicine (JATS Service), outpatient vascular medicine, vascular wound care and hyperbaric medicine, vascular ultrasound, vascular surgery, cardiology, cardiovascular interventional radiology, rheumatology, hematology, PERT/MICU, Pulmonary Hypertension, and Clinical Translational Research. Each trainee will also have a combined 2 weeks of vacation and 6 weeks academic/clinical research protected time. A dedicated half a day every week to perform and interpret vascular imaging will be scheduled throughout the length of the training program in order to fulfill the requirements for the RPVI and POCUS vascular imaging certifications. Table 2 depicts our fiscal year clinical volume for new outpatients and inpatient JATS consults.

In addition, the Vascular Medicine Fellow will be required to fulfill mandatory scholar activities including attendance to academic and clinical conferences (Table 3). The Vascular Medicine Fellow will be in charge of running the weekly vascular medicine academic conference and attendance to the weekly vascular surgery education session. The Vascular Medicine Fellow will be also required to complete the Thomas Jefferson University faculty development program, attend the Society of Vascular Medicine (SVM) fellow-in-training program, the SVM yearly academic meeting, Anticoagulation Forum Meeting or Training Programs, the American Venous Forum (AVF) yearly academic meeting, and to complete and approved preparation course for the RPVI examination (approved programs: PEGASUS or NAVIX).

At the end of the program and in order to obtain a certificate of training the Vascular Medicine Fellow will be required to take the American Board of Vascular Medicine (ABVM) examination, the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examination to become a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI), the Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for vascular imaging certification, and the primary training Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) certification. Table 4.

Clinical Rotation Time Supervising Faculty
Jefferson Antithrombotic Therapy Service (JATS) 10 weeks G.Merli, L.Eraso, P. Galanis, W. Kraft, A Machiavelli
Outpatient Vascular Medicine 4 weeks G.Merli, L.Eraso, P.Galanis, A. Machiavelli D Orapallo, H Yenser
Vascular Wound Care / HBOT 4 weeks P. Galanis, J Alexander
Vascular Ultrasound 4 weeks L.Eraso, L.Needleman
Clinical Cardiology 4 weeks N.Ruggerio
Vascular Interventional Radiology 4 weeks R. Winokur, C.Gonsalves
Vascular Surgery (inpatient) 4 weeks P. DiMuzio
PERT Team/MICU Rotation 2 weeks F.West
Pulmonary Hypertension Rotation 2 weeks M. Scharf
Rheumatology 2 weeks F. Mendoza
Hematology 2 weeks TBA
Clinical Translational Research 6 weeks W. Kraft
Academic Time 2 weeks L. Eraso
Vacation 2 weeks  
Total 52 weeks Over 1 year period

Fiscal Year New Outpatients New Inpatient JATS Consults
FY 2019 906 1,252
FY 2020 (Pandemic) 750 1,321
FY 2021 920 1,659
FY 2022 Projected* 824* 1,796

*Loss of one faculty member recruited new member start date 1/1/2022

  Frequency Duration
Vascular medicine academic conference Weekly (Tuesday Morning) Throughout duration of training program
Vascular surgery clinical conference Weekly (Friday Morning) Throughout duration of fellowship
Jefferson Faculty Development Program Weekly (As Scheduled) Throughout duration of fellowship
Society of Vascular Medicine Fellow in-training Program/Board Review and Annual Meeting Once a year 1 week
Anticoagulation Forum (Lunch & Learn, Webinars, National Meeting every other year) On going As indicated by programs offered and annual meeting every other year
RPVI Examination Training Program Once a year 3 – 4 weeks (on-line)

Examination Regulatory Entity Requirement for graduation
American Board of Vascular Medicine (ABVM) ABVM Mandatory
Register Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) Mandatory
POCUS Vascular Certificate ARDMS-APACA Mandatory
Primary Training in Hyperbaric Medicine Hyperbaric Medical Society and the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology. Optional