In 2006, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved the Primary Certificate in Vascular Surgery which eliminates the requirement for certification in general surgery prior to certification in vascular surgery. This creates more than one training pathway:
- 0+5 track—Vascular surgery integrated track for trainees who match during medical school. Three years are devoted to vascular surgery and two years to core surgical training. Core surgery rotations may occur throughout the first four years of training. Eligible for board certification in vascular surgery only.
- 3+3 track—Residents currently match during medical school. Residents receive three years of vascular surgery training following three initial years of preliminary general surgery training at the same institution. Eligible for board certification in vascular surgery only.
- 4+2 ESP track—Available to residents in programs with ESP accreditation. Allows for early entry into vascular surgery with the traditional chief year of general surgery serving as the first year of vascular training. Eligible for vascular surgery and general surgery certification.
- 5+2 track—Five years of general surgery residency plus two years of vascular surgery training. Eligible for board certification in both general surgery and vascular surgery.
This new certification program translates to more training options; there will be more time available for training in areas such as non-operative prevention, diagnosis, and management of vascular disease; shorter training periods; and more freedom of choice concerning when to enter vascular surgery.
Find Training Programs
Visit ACGME for a complete list of General Surgery Residencies, Vascular Surgery Fellowships (5+2) and (4+2 ESP) tracks, and Vascular Surgery Residencies (0+5 programs). Select "Programs by Specialty" and under "Surgery" choose "Surgery: for General Surgery Residencies or choose "Vascular Surgery" for Vascular Surgery Fellowships or choose "Vascular Surgery - Integrated" for 0+5 programs.
Download contact information for all ACGME vascular surgery programs:
View the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's vascular surgery programs. Please note that these programs are not ACGME approved.
Open Resident Positions
Throughout the year unexpected openings at training programs arise or new training programs are approved and have a need to fill resident positions.
View open resident positions.
Updated November 2012