Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency Program

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has been accredited as a training program in vascular surgery since 1984 without reservations by the Residency Review Committee and the ACGME. Initially offering a fellowship in vascular surgery, we now have a vascular surgery integrated residency as the sole training paradigm at Rutgers RWJMS. The vast majority of training will be with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson faculty at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the flagship of RWJBarnabas Health.

Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency Program

Our residency in Vascular Surgery is designed to provide a comprehensive experience in the care of patients with vascular disorders. The breadth and depth of training available at our institution will allow our graduating residents to pursue either an academic or private practice career pathway. The trainee will experience intense specialty training designed to provide a comprehensive experience in the management and treatment of all forms of vascular disease. Our goal is to create competent vascular specialists that can independently provide medical and surgical management for all vascular disease processes. Upon completion of training our residents should be able to effectively address even the most complex vascular disorders.

The Vascular Integrated Residency Program operates under the direction of Program Director Randy Shafritz, MD, FACS, RPVI and Associate Program Director William Beckerman, MD, RPVI.  Dr. Shafritz has been a full-time faculty member of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for almost two decades. Dr. Beckerman is a graduate of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his training via the Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency Program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, NY.

Academic Training

The ACGME, RRC, and the ABVS have outlined a core vascular curriculum for trainees. These core areas are addressed through a weekly didactic lecture series. Weekly conferences include case presentation conferences, morbidity and mortality conferences, journal clubs, vascular lab conferences, basic science lectures, and endovascular conferences.

In addition, the residents will learn how to perform and interpret all non-invasive vascular laboratory tests. The volume of testing is quite extensive and upon completion of the program the fellows will have enough experience to easily obtain the required RPVI certificate required by the American Board of Vascular Surgery.

Clinical Training

Both open surgical and endovascular skills are acquired during the residency. All procedures are performed under the direct supervision of our faculty members, and almost all are performed in the operating room environment. No training is outsourced to interventional radiologists or surgeons at other facilities. Diagnostic and therapeutic minimally invasive interventional procedures including dialysis access revisions, carotid, renal and peripheral angioplasty, and endovascular aneurysm repairs are all performed in our state-of-the-art hybrid interventional suite at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. There is also an excellent balance of traditional open vascular reconstructions, including aortic, carotid and lower extremity reconstructions. Our large volume center allows our trainees to gain more clinical and operative experience than most residents at other training centers.

Our residents are trained to treat both medically and surgically all aspects of vascular disease; including carotid, aortic, thoracic outlet, renal, visceral, infra-inguinal, venous, lymphatic, dialysis access pathology and vascular trauma. Endovascular interventions include angioplasty and stenting of arterial, venous and dialysis access beds, deployment of branched, fenestrated and complex endografts, mechanical and pharmacological thrombolysis, inferior vena cava filter placement and retrieval through fluoroscopic imaging or use of intravascular ultrasound, duplex guided thrombin injection, and office based interventions, (e.g., vein ablation, sclerotherapy, and even some hemodialysis access procedures). Our volume of open procedures remains one of the highest in the country and includes complex redo open procedures.

0 + 5 Track - Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency Training

The integrated residency in vascular surgery is a five-year (0+5) training program leading to eligibility for certification by the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery. The program accepts one resident per year. Applicants must participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP), applying in their final year of medical school. This five-year vascular surgery residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and leads to board certification in vascular surgery.

In the first 3 years of training, 18 months are devoted to core surgical training, with 6 months of vascular related rotations, and 1 year of vascular rotations. Core Surgery includes trauma, general surgery, colorectal surgery, skin, soft tissue, and endocrine surgery, and transplant surgery. Vascular related rotations include Vascular lab, research, venous surgery, and radiology. The vascular rotations in the first three years create the building blocks for the final two years devoted solely to vascular surgery training. Residents will be prepared to sit for the RPVI exam by the end of the PGY-3 year. Candidates will be eligible for board certification in vascular surgery upon successful completion of training.

Several factors have made integrated residencies in vascular surgery a desired option, including the shortened training timeline compared to completion of a fellowship after general surgery residency and earlier time to focus on mastery of complex endovascular techniques. Advances in technology and changes in clinical care have increased the distinction between general and vascular surgery. The integrated residency allows trainees to learn advanced imaging and interventional skills earlier and with a great deal of in-depth appreciation for the newest technology.

Although the month-to-month curriculum is constantly evolving as we solicit feedback from all our trainees, a sample curriculum is as follows:

PGY1:

Vascular Surgery: 6 months
General Surgery: 2 months
Trauma Surgery: 1 month
Acute Care Surgery: 1 month
Colorectal Surgery: 1 month
Thoracic Surgery: 1 month

PGY2:

Vascular Surgery: 6 months
Thoracic Surgery: 2 months
Surgical Critical Care: 2 months
Plastic Surgery: 1 month
General Surgery: 1 month

PGY3:

Cardiac Surgery: 4 months
General/Vascular: Highland Park: 3 months
Outpatient Vascular Surgery/Vascular Lab: 2 months
Transplant Surgery: 2 months
Surgical Critical Care: 1 month

PGY4:

Vascular Surgery: 12 months

PGY5:

Vascular Surgery: 12 months

How to Apply

The selection process for this Vascular Integrated Residency Program will be done through the NRMP match program. You must therefore file the application through the NRMP. Please contact the NRMP at 202-862-6077 or visit their website to obtain all pertinent data necessary for the match, including application timelines, requirements, fees, and deadlines.

In addition, our program is listed in the online ERAS application. It is required that you participate in ERAS as well.

The ACGME ID # for the 0+5 Integrated Vascular Residency Program is 4513300125.

After reviewing your application, we will arrange an interview if we believe you would be a good match with our program. Interviews for the Vascular Integrated Residency will take place in the Fall and Winter of your 4th year of medical school. These applicants will interview with both general surgery and vascular surgery faculty.

Information regarding participation in these programs and all applicable deadlines can be found on the respective websites.

Thank you for your interest in our program, and we look forward to receiving your application.

For additional information please contact our Program Coordinator, JoAnn Miller.

Vascular Surgery Residency Program Coordinator:

JoAnn M. Miller
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Division of Vascular Surgery
One Robert Wood Johnson Place
Medical Education Building 541
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 732-235-8770 Fax: 732-235-8516
Email: millerjm @rwjms.rutgers.edu

Vascular Surgery Residency Program Director:

Randy Shafritz, MD, RPVI, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
One Robert Wood Johnson Place
Medical Education Building, Room 543
New Brunswick, NJ  08901
Email: shafrira @rwjms.rutgers.edu

Vascular Surgery Residency Associate Program Director:

William Beckerman, MD, RPVI
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
One Robert Wood Johnson Place
Medical Education Building, Room 541
New Brunswick, NJ  08901
Email: beckerwe @rwjms.rutgers.edu

Our Residents

2nd Year Vascular Surgery Fellow:

Justin Ady, MD

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Residency: Saint Barnabas: General Surgery

Surgery Research Fellowship: Memorial Sloan Kettering

Hometown: UT

4th Year Vascular Surgery Resident:

Huong Truong, MD

Undergraduate: University of Arizona

Medical School: University of Arizona

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

  

  

3rd Year Vascular Surgery Resident:

Daniel Ventarola MD

Undergraduate: Stony Brook University

Medical School: Stony Brook School of Medicine (Alpha Omega Alpha)

General Surgery Internship: Stony Brook School of Medicine:

Hometown: Staten Island, NY

  

2nd Year Vascular Surgery Resident:

Anthony Grieff, MD

College: Washington University in St. Louis

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College

General Surgery Internship: Temple University Hospital

Hometown: Seattle, WA

  

1st Year Vascular Surgery Resident:

Lauren Huntress, MD

College: Boston College

Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson

Hometown: Franklin, Tennessee