The MSU/Michigan Vascular Center Fellowship was formed with the help of the Flint area medical community. This collaboration of Flint’s three medical institutions (McLaren-Flint, Ascension Genesys and Hurley), referring physicians and Michigan State University made it possible. The program was approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in November, 2012. The significance of this approval cannot be overstated, as it is one of only a handful of private practice training sites, the remainder being university-based programs. The presence of vascular fellows has raised the bar for the standard of care for vascular patients. It is a proud heritage for the entire Flint community.Link to PDF
Our 2-year clinical fellowship provides comprehensive open vascular and endovascular training for 1-2 vascular surgery fellows per year from 8 board-certified vascular surgeons who practice at 3 hospital institutions, 5 outpatient surgery centers and a single office-based practice. We utilize the knowledge and skills-based curriculum developed by the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery. Global management of patients with peripheral arterial disease along with vascular medicine principles is incorporated into the daily learning environment.
Vascular fellows are responsible for the full management of the vascular service line at each of the integrated clinical sites. Clinical rotations are for two months at a time at each of three area hospitals. Rotations include an out-patient surgery center, Michigan Vascular Center’s office clinic and Research Department, Michigan Vascular Hemodialysis Access Center, and VeinSolutions, a venous out-patient center. Fellows receive training, with formal curriculum, in noninvasive vascular laboratory techniques and study interpretation in an IAC certified noninvasive vascular laboratory to ensure that they are properly prepared to sit for and successfully pass the Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation Exam (RPVI). The fellows are provided instruction on practice development and office management which includes billing, documentation and vascular registry maintenances. Clinical research opportunities are provided and supported and a yearly research project will be required. Fellows are also provided opportunities to attend local, regional, and national vascular and industry-sponsored meetings.
Clinical and operative expertise is acquired through a multitude of clinical experiences including carotid stenting, fenestrated aortic endovascular graft placement, new biological dialysis access graft placement, and typical various open and endovascular arterial revascularization procedures. Acquisition of knowledge will be through participation in weekly didactic conferences, clinical lectures, clinical patient rounds, journal clubs and independent study. Acquisition of technical skills includes both open vascular skills and endovascular simulation training as well as the supervised performance of surgical and endovascular cases appropriate to the level of training. Upon completion of the fellowship, our graduating vascular fellows are expected to be fully competent and confident vascular surgeons ready to begin either a private or academic practice in vascular surgery. Furthermore, the graduating fellows are fully prepared to pass the vascular surgery qualifying and certifying examinations.
Your office will be located at Michigan Vascular Center’s main campus on Bristol Road on the outskirts of Flint, Michigan. At the end of each day, no matter the rotation, you will likely return to the office where other faculty members also gather to see patients, read studies, and discuss your day. All faculty members are affiliated with Michigan Vascular Center. Its eleven vascular surgeons work together as a team. All physicians share the responsibility for care of each patient.
The Michigan Vascular Center consists of the principle office complex providing space for clinical encounters, a large non-invasive vascular laboratory, the Research arm, Mobility Center and administrative offices as well as three satellite offices. Michigan Vascular Center has voluntarily achieved AAAHC accreditation, a private practice version similar to Joint Commission accreditation for hospitals. Personnel at the principal office coordinate scheduling of patient appointments, vascular procedures at all three participating local hospitals and will coordinate the activities of the Vascular Fellowship.
Fellows will rotate through MVC’s campuses each year. The focus will be on all aspects of the outpatient experience from initial evaluation of the patient to determining a treatment plan, along with caring for patients in the Vascular Registry. Vascular Access procedures are performed at both the MVC Access Center and the Surgery Center. Michigan Vascular Center rotations include:
McLaren Flint will function as your employer during your Fellowship Program. Incorporated in 1919, McLaren is a private, non-profit, 404-bed teaching hospital located in Flint, Michigan. McLaren Flint is part of McLaren Health Care whose headquarters are also located in Flint. McLaren is among the top 100 hospitals nationwide. McLaren has a General Surgery Residency and an Orthopedic Residency whose residents rotate on the vascular service. McLaren also has a residency program in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Radiology and a Hematology/Oncology Fellowship.
During rotations here, Fellows under the guidance of vascular faculty, will gain experience by making rounds, responding to consults, scrubbing on vascular cases, supervising the vascular service, directly overseeing surgical residents, PA students and medical students who spend one week on the vascular service as part of their third year rotations. The Fellows will assist in managing the operative and interventional schedule, run the service with oversight responsibility of PGY4, PGY2 or PGY1 surgical residents, and manage the census of the service.
Founded in 1997, Genesys Regional Medical Center is a private, non-profit 410 bed hospital which includes a Level 2 Trauma Center. Genesys arose after the consolidation of four area hospitals. It is located in Grand Blanc, MI, a suburb of Flint and has a combined MD and DO staff. Genesys is a member of Ascention Health, a faith-based health organization created by a merger of The Sisters of St. Joseph and the Daughters of Charity.
In addition to the Vascular Fellowship, Genesys has one of the largest primary care residencies in the state. During rotations here, Fellows will be exposed to both allopathic and osteopathic treatment philosophies. They will gain experience making rounds with vascular faculty, scrubbing on vascular cases, supervising the vascular surgery service, directly overseeing medical residents, PA students and medical students. Along with vascular faculty, they will manage the operative and interventional schedule, run the service and manage the census of the service.
Founded in 1908, Hurley Medical Center is a public, non-profit, 443-bed teaching hospital located in Flint, Michigan. Hurley has a Level 1 Trauma Center. Hurley is Flint’s inner city hospital where Fellows will develop competence in communicating effectively with patients and families of different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Hurley has a number of medical specialty residencies and fellowships. Vascular Fellows will interact with residents from training programs in pediatrics, internal medicine, emergency medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, combined medicine/pediatrics, diagnostic radiology and orthopedic surgery and a Trauma Fellows. A hospital-employed NP is assigned to our service. There are currently no general surgery residents at Hurley.
Fellows will gain experience making rounds with vascular faculty, responding to consults and scrubbing on vascular cases. Fellows will supervise the vascular service and the vascular nurse practitioner. Vascular Fellows will be exposed to a variety of vascular trauma and will interact with the Trauma Fellows. They will help manage the operative and interventional schedule, and with the assistance of vascular faculty, will run the service and manage the census of the service.