Learning Resources

Weekly Didactics Sessions (Wednesday Morning Conference)

Every week, there is a dedicated time set aside for resident education. The conference begins with a resident-lead didactics session involving chapters out of Rutherford's Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, as well as a discussion over a case from Clinical Scenarios in Vascular Surgery. Didactics are then followed by either Morbidity and Mortality conference, Mock Orals or Journal Club. Residents and Faculty both attend, with the goal of establishing fundamental knowledge, situational application and continuous improvement for the best possible in vascular surgical patient care.


Weekly Case Presentations (Thursday Morning Conference)

An interesting case in Cardiac and Vascular Surgery is presented weekly during this educational conference. The case presentation is prepared and delivered by one of the trainees that was involved in the case. In attendance are the faculty and industry partners to harbor an environment of discussion and continued education. Here at Houston Methodist, we pride ourselves in the complex cases we see as well as advanced AV technology which come together during this conference.

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.


DeBakey Institute for Cardiovascular Education & Training (DICET)

Building on Dr. Michael E. DeBakey's commitment to excellence in education, Houston Methodist's DeBakey Institute for Cardiovascular Education & Training (DeBakey Education) is an epicenter for cardiovascular academic and clinical educational programs that support the provision of optimal care to patients suffering from cardiovascular conditions and diseases.


Residents and Fellows frequently contribute videos to this educational forum which can be seen here.


Vascular Surgery Ultrasound Conference
The Vascular Surgery Conference is held at 8 a.m. 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.


Ultrasound Curriculum
The Ultrasound Curriculum Conference is a 12-week series held at 7 a.m. every Wednesday 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 presented by one of the vascular faculty.


Vascular Surgical Training Association of Houston (VaSTAH)

Vascular Surgical Training Association of Houston (VaSTAH)

A regular “miniature fellows bootcamp” hosted by Houston Methodist. Houston-area vascular surgery residents and fellows are invited for both didactic and hands-on workshops. Each session, 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

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 lectures if able and participate in the hands-on cadaver and simulation labs as a third-year resident. Learn more >

Cardiovascular Fellows' Bootcamp

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.

The overall course covers 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. Learn more >

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 (Case Logs 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.

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. Learn more >