The education program of the Cardiovascular Surgery Department administers all CME and ACGME activities provides support for medical students, surgical residents, cardiac and vascular fellows, minifellows and the community physicians. It is links with Methodist Institute for Technology Training & Education (MITIESM) to develop the nation’s first continuing education and development program to enhance cardiovascular surgery education.
The following educational activities are offered by the Education Program
- Medical Student Education:
The Cardiovascular Surgery Department offers rotations to 3rd and 4th year medical students in either Cardiac or Vascular surgery which encompasses both inpatient operative and outpatient experiences. We offer separate didactic and practical education programs on this rotation to ensure that the Medical students get access to basic knowledge and skills to support their clinical activities.
- Physician Assistant Residents:
The Cardiovascular Surgery Department offers certified PAs a one-year residency in cardiovascular surgery. During their year, the PA resident rotate for 6 months on cardiac surgery, 3 months on vascular surgery and 3 months on the cardiovascular Intensive Care Service. The residency is one of the few in the nation that offers high quality and high impact training and is high demand.
- Ultrasound Technologists:
The Vascular Laboratory at Methodist regularly takes Ultrasound students into the outpatient and inpatient laboratories and provides education and hands on training linked to a weekly didactic conference for candidate technologists and is a highly prized rotation.
- General Surgery Resident Training:
The Cardiovascular Surgery Department takes R1, R2, R3 and R4 level General Surgery Residents for Training. The residents participation rotations through Vascular Surgery (R1 and R4), Adult Cardiac surgery (R2), and Cadiothoracic Transplant (R3) services. A separate series of lectures in fundamental clinical education in each area is provided and supplements the weekly conference schedule.
- Vascular and Cardiac Surgery Fellowships:
Vascular and Cardiac Surgery Fellowships accept American Board of Surgery board eligible candidates and provide trainees with rotations in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. The Cardiothoracic Residency is integrated with The Methodist Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Herman Hospital and the Texas Children’s Hospital. The Vascular surgery fellowship is based at the Methodist Hospital.
- Research Students and Fellows:
The Cardiovascular Surgery Department offers one and two-year clinical and basic science research fellowships to interested students and residents. These research positions will be in the basic science, outcome science, and advanced imaging and acquisition sciences.
- Administrative internships:
The Cardiovascular Surgery Department regularly takes MHA students and MA students for rotations and internships to provide real life experience in administration finance and marketing of Cardiovascular services.
- Adult education:
The Cardiovascular Surgery Department and MITIE provide courses in cardiac surgery, robotics, surgical electrophysiology and peripheral endovascular surgery which takes the adult learner through didactic sessions, simulation, and live case interaction to develop their skills in these areas.
- CME activities:
The Cardiovascular Surgery Department hosts conferences for the faculty, trainees and the community physicians in Houston. These include educational symposia on Vascular Disease, Dialysis Access and Cardiac Surgery. Weekly conferences on Vascular and Cardiac disease are held with access open to all. Uniquely we hold the Statewide Texas Vascular Surgery Video conference linking multiple Vascular Surgery Centers of Excellence inTexas and through this medium we allow valuable interchange with multiple faculties and broaden the educational repertoire for the participants.
The department will be developing the following new education paradigms in the next year:
- An integrated vascular surgery residency (5 years)
- An integrated cardiac surgery residency (6 years)
- A Vascular Medicine Fellowship
- A T32 Training grant in CV Clinical research
- A T32 Training grant in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Sciences