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J Vasc Surg. 2012 Oct;56(4):1155-61.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2012.05.108.

TheCardiovascular Fellows Bootcamp.

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  • 1The Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA.


General surgery residents graduate with an inconsistent knowledge of cardiovascular disease and an inadequate skill set for the practice of vascular surgery. Vascular educators have proposed to overcome these challenges by incorporating standardized milestones and simulation curricula into vascular education, but at present, nonclinical vascular education remains nonstandardized. The first step in this direction is to lay a foundation of knowledge and skill for trainees nationwide, and regionalized courses have begun to be offered to address this need. Through the Methodist DeBakey Institute for Cardiovascular Education, we have developed our own course, The Cardiovascular Fellows Bootcamp. The principles behind The Cardiovascular Fellows Bootcamp are teach early, teach the basics, teach broadly, and teach multiple cardiovascular disciplines, and over a 3-day weekend of didactic lectures and skill training, we aim to lay a foundation for cardiovascular training that prepares the trainees for their fellowship. In this article, we describe the way in which our course is run and the thought process behind our approach. We also address some of the practical concerns that make hosting a course of this magnitude feasible and our plans for improving and expanding in the future.

Copyright © 2012 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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