The vascular surgery fellows are required to attend the following conferences, which provide an excellent learning opportunity and fulfill the core competencies of a vascular surgery training requirement.
The Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conference is held at 7 a.m. every other Tuesday. Students, residents, fellows and faculty attend the M&M conference, where surgical cases from the previous two weeks are listed and reviewed, as are complications and deaths occurring during those two weeks.
Vascular Surgery Case Presentation Conference
This conference is held at 7 a.m. every Thursday. Interesting cases are presented by the fellows and discussed with the faculty in attendance. Previously assigned mock practice questions are also discussed to prepare fellows for the qualifying and certifying examinations by the American Board of Vascular Surgery.
Held every Friday morning from September through July, lectures and question sessions are designed to cover all topics in the standard textbook of vascular surgery over a 24-month period. These lectures are given by vascular surgery faculty. Unless at Memorial Hermann for a rotation, this conference is considered protected education time and all residents are expected to attend weekly.
A condensed weekend course held annually in August, Fellows' Bootcamp welcomes over 150 vascular surgery, vascular medicine, interventional radiology and interventional cardiology fellows. This training course is designed to give both didactic and hands-on foundational education. Vascular residents are encouraged to attend all didactics if able and participate in the hands-on cadaver and simulation labs as a participant as an R3.
Michael E. DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center Grand Rounds
Learn more about our regularly scheduled grand rounds, held at 8 a.m. every Thursday, with one day dedicated exclusively to cardiovascular topics. Invited speakers include visiting professors from around the country, as well as faculty from the Michael E. DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center at Houston Methodist. It is a multidisciplinary conference attended by vascular surgeons, cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists, faculty, residents, fellows and students.
Vascular Surgical Training Association of Houston (VaSTAH)
VaSTAH is a miniature Fellows' Bootcamp hosted by Houston Methodist on a monthly basis. Houston area vascular surgery residents and fellows are invited for both didactic and hands-on workshops. Each month a single vascular bed is selected. The morning starts with an hour long didactic session on that vascular bed. The remainder of the morning is dedicated to rotating through various hands-on stations in MITIEsm, focused on surgical techniques related to that vascular bed. Unless at Memorial Hermann for a rotation, VaSTAH is considered protected time and all residents are expected to attend.
Example Carotid VaSTAH:
CEA suture model
Virtual reality model
Pumps & Pipes Conference
Pumps & Pipes is a unique annual conference that brings together technological giants based in the city of Houston representing medicine, energy and aerospace. Through this partnership between Houston Methodist, Exxon Mobile and NASA among others, researchers delve into each others' diverse toolkits to take on the complex technological problems facing each of these industries. Pumps & Pipes is a problem-focused forum to analyze issues relevant to the medical, energy and aerospace worlds, presenting and discussing with opposite industry counterparts in the exploration of complementary technologies. Co-founded by Dr. Alan Lumsden, chairman of Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, residents are encouraged to attend if they are able.
Cardiovascular Fellows Finishing School
Location: Houston, Texas
The Finishing School course aims to provide a unique educational opportunity for interventional cardiology, vascular graduating fellows, and fifth year integrated vascular residents. This course is designed to equip vascular graduating fellows and fifth year vascular integrated residents with the tools they need to hone their skills in advanced open and endovascular techniques. Additionally, the opportunity to sharpen their cognitive and technical skills in complex PCI, transcatheter valve interventions, peripheral, and congenital endovascular techniques. Interventional Cardiology fellows will have direct hands-on and simulator training in techniques and devices that may be less common during a typical training experience such as ASD/PFO closure, coil embolization, endovascular aortic repair, and transcatheter valve implantation. Additionally, these fellows will consolidate their training in advanced coronary techniques such as rotational atherectomy and optical coherence tomography.
The overall course will cover a two and a half day period, during which time the attendees may select from a menu of training modules which specifically meets each person's needs. Additionally, discussions will provide trainees with practical tips as they enter their practices to include topics such as billing/coding, quality, legal implications, setting up an interventional lab, managing complications and contract negotiations.
This course builds on the already strong experience at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center with the Cardiovascular Fellows Bootcamp which has now run for 5 years and has been oversubscribed every year.
Pre-Intern Training For Vascular Residents
This course is specifically designed to provide incoming 4th year medical students who have matched into integrated vascular surgery residencies with an opportunity to learn skills that will allow them to be functional on the floor and in the OR from their first day. This course covers a three day period, during which time the attendees will learn how to gown and scrub, recognize instruments and devices, place central lines, do ABIs, master basic suturing techniques. Additionally, participants will learn algorithms for basic floor issues and emergencies. These skill stations will consist of live lectures on how to take a billable level 4 H+P, present cases on rounds in conference, obtain consent, enter VQI and how to navigate the ACGME system (AdLogs and Surveys). Applied anatomy, basic ultrasound principles, and radiation safety will also be taught & reviewed.
Attendees will be given a one year access to a vascular surgery online database which includes a full curriculum in vascular surgery for integrated residents, MCQs, and technical videos. This online educational system is hosted by the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Houston Texas and is similar to most Blackboard systems that the interns used in Medical School.
This course builds on the already strong experience at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center with the Cardiovascular Fellows’ Bootcamp which has now run for 5 years and has been oversubscribed every year.
For Additional Information
Learn more about our regularly scheduled grand rounds .