The vascular surgery fellows are required to attend the following conferences, which provide an excellent opportunity for learning. These conferences also fulfill the core competencies of a vascular surgery training requirement.
The Morbidity and Mortality conference is held every other Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. Students, residents, fellows, and faculty attend the M&M conference, where surgical cases from the previous two week are listed and reviewed, as are complications and deaths occurring during those two weeks.
Basic Science Lecture Series
This series of basic didactic lectures in vascular surgery is held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. The lectures cover all topics in the standard textbook of vascular surgery in a 24-month period, thus exposing vascular surgery fellows to these topics during their training. The lectures are given by the vascular surgery faculty.
Clinical Science Lecture Series
This series of basic didactic lectures in clinical vascular surgery topics is held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. The lectures cover all topics in the standard textbook of vascular surgery in a 24-month period, thus exposing vascular surgery fellows to these topics during their training. The lectures are given by the vascular surgery faculty.
Endovascular Masters Conference
This series of lectures in clinical vascular surgery topics is held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. The lectures cover an array of topics teaching of endovascular surgery in each specific vascular bed (e.g., aortic surgery and aortic endografting).
This 12 week series of the Ultrasound Curriculum Conference is held weekly on Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m. during the first 12 weeks of the academic year. The lectures cover all topics in the Noninvasive Vascular Diagnosis: A Practical Guide to Therapy book. This lecture is given by one of the vascular faculty.
Journal Club Conference
The Journal Club conferences are held on the last Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. every other month. Pertinent articles published in recent journals related to vascular surgery or endovascular therapy are assigned to vascular fellows for discussion. Critical analysis and appraisal of these published articles are performed with a goal to gain better understanding of literature review and research methodology.
Michael E. DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center Grand Rounds
The Grand Rounds conference is held every Thursday at 8:00 a.m. with one Thursday 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 here at The Methodist. This conference is attended by faculty, fellows, residents, and students. This is a multidisciplinary conference attended by vascular surgeons, cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists, residents, fellows, and students.
Vascular Surgery Ultrasound Conference
The Vascular Surgery Conference is held every Friday at 8:00 a.m. This conference is attended by faculty, fellows, residents, and students where interesting vascular ultrasound cases are discussed. Pertinent didactic presentations are given by vascular ultrasonographers, vascular surgery fellows, or faculty.
Vascular Surgery Case Presentation Conference
This conference is held every Thursday at 7:00 a.m. Interesting cases are presented by the fellows and discussed with the faculty in attendance. In addition, mock practice questions previously assigned are discussed with the fellows in order to assist fellows as they prepare for the qualifying and certifying examinations by the American Board of Vascular Surgery.
Vascular Surgery Fellows Research Conference
The Fellow Research conferences are held on the last Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. every other month alternating with the Journal Club. Fellows discuss current research projects they are involved in with the vascular faculty.
Texas Medical Center Vascular Surgery Skills Course
The Texas Medical Center Vascular Surgery Skills Course is held monthly first Friday of the month from 8 a.m.- 12 noon. This course teaches basic and advanced open and endovascular techniques in MITIE using dry and wet labs, simulators and cadavers.