Vascular surgery rotations at VA Mather

During VA rotations in their senior years of training (PGY4-5), vascular residents function as chiefs of the Vascular Surgery service.  Residents are encouraged to be independent on this rotation and gain valuable experience with plan development, decision-making, and execution of medical and surgical care for vascular patients at the VA. This role additionally entails the supervision and teaching of junior residents, interns, and medical students as a part of a resident team.
In addition to participating and presenting at the joint preoperative and M&M conferences at UC Davis, the VA chief resident is involved in multi-disciplinary limb preservation conferences with Podiatry and wound care specialists at the VA.  The vascular chief residents also works closely with the dedicated Vascular Lab staff, providing them with valuable exposure to vascular ultrasound and interpretation.

On select weekends, the VA vascular resident provides cross coverage for cases at UC Davis, and on occasion, the VA vascular resident participates in cases at David Grant Medical Center for veterans receiving their care there.

The VA focuses on care of our veterans, many of whom suffer from aneurysmal disease, lower extremity arterial insufficiency, chronic venous disease, carotid occlusive disease, or end-stage renal disease in need hemodialysis.  The VA vascular service thus provides the senior integrated vascular resident with a comprehensive experience in open and endovascular interventions.