Learning Resources

Education Conference (weekly, Wednesday)
Selected readings from Rutherford’s Vascular Surgery and Vascular and Endovascular Surgery: A Comprehensive Review by Dr. Wesley Moore lay the foundation for a 24-month didactic curriculum.  These readings are supplemented by assigned readings from other texts as necessary.

Morbidity & Mortality (bi-weekly, Wednesday)
Peer review of surgical cases, complications and service deaths. The objectives of M&M conference are to learn from shared experiences and help prevent future complications and errors. Attended by all students, residents, fellows and attending on service.

Mock Orals (monthly, Wednesday)
Faculty leads a resident through a standard vascular surgery case simulating the oral exam format.

Journal Club (monthly, Wednesday)
Two current journal articles about management of vascular surgery patients are selected by faculty and residents to be presented and discussed. Journal articles are selected to match the prior education conference.

Case Conference
(weekly, Thursday)
Held every Thursday morning, the Vascular Surgery Case Conference is presented by vascular surgery residents and fellows.  Three to four interesting cases from the prior weeks are presented to the full vascular surgery faculty, trainees and industry representatives.  Discussion of the cases is then led by staff.  Unless at Memorial Hermann Hospital for a rotation, this conference is considered protected education time and all residents are expected to attend weekly.

All residents and fellows have access to both the VESAP and VSCORE curriculums.

Cardiovascular Fellows’ Bootcamp
A condensed weekend course held annually in August.  Over 150 vascular surgery, vascular medicine, interventional radiology and interventional cardiology fellows attend this training course, which provides 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.

Vascular Surgical Training Association of Houston (VaSTAH)
A monthly “miniature fellows bootcamp” hosted by Houston Methodist.  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 MITIE and is focused on surgical techniques related to that vascular bed. Unless at Memorial Hermann Hospital for a rotation, VaSTAH is considered protected time and all residents are expected to attend.

Sample VaSTAH curriculum:
Carotid didactics
Cadaver dissection
Carotid endarterectomy suture model
Virtual reality carotid stent model

Pumps & Pipes
A unique annual conference that brings together technological giants based in the city of Houston representing medicine, energy and aerospace sectors.  Through this partnership between Houston Methodist, ExxonMobil, NASA and others, researchers delve into the complex technological problems facing each of those industries and see what’s in “the other guy’s toolkit”.  The goal of this problem-focused forum is to promote cross-industry collaboration and transfer of knowledge and technological know-how between industries.  Pumps & Pipes was co-founded by Alan Lumsden, MD, chair of the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. Residents are encouraged to attend and participate if they are able.

Cardiovascular Fellows' Finishing School
This course aims to provide a unique educational opportunity for interventional cardiology, graduating vascular fellows, and fifth-year vascular residents. This course is designed to equip graduating vascular fellows and fifth-year vascular 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 so that the course specifically meets each person's needs. Additionally, discussions will provide trainees with practical tips to support them as they enter independent practice – such topics include billing/coding, quality, legal implications, setting up an interventional lab, managing complications and contract negotiations.

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 starting 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, perform ABIs, and 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 and is similar to most Blackboard systems used in medical school.