Integrated vascular surgery residency
Vascular surgery rotations at the Sacramento VA Medical Center
The VA hospital focuses on the care of our veterans, many of whom suffer from aneurysmal disease, lower extremity arterial insufficiency, carotid artery disease, end-stage renal disease in need of hemodialysis, and chronic venous disease. The VA vascular surgery service provides the senior integrated vascular surgery residents with a comprehensive experience in all aspect of open and endovascular procedures.
During the PGY-3, PGY-4 and PGY-5 VA rotations, the residents will function at a high level, with responsibilities focused almost exclusively on vascular surgery patients. The senior or chief resident rotation at the VA will have the resident supervising junior residents and medical students. The rotation is designed with didactic sessions, including weekly case conferences and monthly joint Journal club with our Podiatry colleagues. There is a busy vascular ultrasound laboratory that also contributes to the learning environment of the residents during their clinical experience.
The vascular surgery clinical practice in the VA Northern California Health Care System joins the resources of the Sacramento VA Medical Center and the David Grant USAF Medical Center. In addition to the full time VA faculty, vascular surgeons from UC Davis and David Grant participate in patient care and teaching at the VA hospital.
As members of a multi-disciplinary team, residents’ interpersonal and communication skills are used in effectively exchanging information and partnering with patients, families, and other health care professionals. Professionalism, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population are expected. VA surgical practices function in the context of a large system of health care and residents will learn to utilize a range of system resources in the provision of care to our veterans.