Cardiovascular Fellows’ Finishing School

Although there are many high quality programs around the United States, few provide truly comprehensive interventional cardiology and vascular education.  Consequently, many trainees sense an increasing degree of anxiety as they enter the last six months of fellowship with the sudden realization that they will be independently functioning practitioners within the near future.  The Cardiovascular Fellows' Finishing School offers fellows a variety of options, which they can customize to meet any unmet needs they perceive.

DeBakey Education & Training offers this course to attendees from U.S. institutions free of charge, covering all registration fees, hotel accommodation costs at select hotels and meals. An additional $400 travel stipend is also available for those who qualify. Global attendees, please contact us at dicet@houstonmethodist.org.

vascular fellows' finishing school

Program Overview

This course aims to provide graduating vascular surgery fellows and fifth year integrated residents the opportunity to hone their advanced open and endovascular techniques through direct hands-on and simulator training, which can include topics such as:

  • Thoracoabdominal exposure
  • SMA bypass
  • Abdominal and thoracic debranching techniques
  • Vertebral, subclavian and obturator bypass
  • Difficult aortic neck, snorkel and sandwich techniques
  • Stent grafting for ruptured AAA
  • Carotid flow reversal
  • Venous ablation
  • Perforator ablation

  Additional discussions may include: 

  • Billing/coding
  • Quality
  • Legal implications
  • Managing complications
  • Contract negotiations

2017 Course Schedule


Vascular fellows should plan to arrive on Thursday, May 4th. Registration will be from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, and the course will start Friday, May 5th promptly at 7:00am with departure the morning of Sunday, May 7th. Additional details are available on the 2017 registration page.

interventional cardiology fellows' finishing school

Program Overview

This course aims to provide graduating interventional cardiology fellows the opportunity to hone their cognitive and technical skills through direct hands-on and simulator training, which can include topics such as:

  • Transcatheter valve interventions
  • ASD closure
  • Coil embolization
  • Rotational atherectomy
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Managing complications

 Additional discussions may include:

  • Billing/coding
  • Setting up an interventional lab
  • Contract negotiations

2017 Course Schedule

We regret to inform you that the 2017 Interventional Cardiology Fellows' Finishing School has been cancelled. Please check back for the availability of new sessions in 2018.


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Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIESM)
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Houston, TX 77030