Virtual Elective

Individually Arranged Elective for Flexible Integration of Potential Applicants

Our team of vascular surgery experts and innovators is pursuing advances in vascular surgical care that set the standard for our discipline: improving the lives of patients in our clinical practice, making discoveries in our labs, and training the surgeons who’ll become leaders for the next generation. We provide comprehensive clinical care for vascular disease, seeing more than 12,000 clinic visits a year and performing more than 1,200 operations and procedures. We’re committed to delivering collaborative medicine across specialties, giving patients a single home for their care. Our clinical strengths include multidisciplinary clinical programs for aortic disease, venous disease, pediatric renovascular hypertension, and peripheral arterial disease.

We appreciate your interest in the Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency at the University of Michigan. While we strive to offer a meaningful visiting sub-internship to rising integrated vascular surgery applicants, the conventional rotation has been put on hold in light of restrictions incurred during the COVID19 pandemic. We acknowledge the disruption and uncertainty this has caused many students. For this reason, the Vascular Surgery service and training program aims to provide a longitudinal experience for flexible integration of potential applicants.

This virtual elective will:

  • Enhance your understanding of vascular disease and management principles
  • Learn more about our program (including our culture and our people)
  • Meet other peers for support and networking
  • Provide us an opportunity to get to know you

Course Structure

The virtual experience will include:

  1. Core lectures/didactics
  2. Vascular surgery case conference
  3. Multidisciplinary case conferences (Aortic program, pediatric renovascular hypertension program)
  4. Weekly ‘professor rounds’
  5. Journal clubs
  6. Telemedicine (Virtual/video clinic visits)

Students will prepare a topic (research or clinical case) for presentation to the Section of Vascular Surgery. This elective is graded Pass/Fail based on student assessment by group discussion, which is mainly case-based.

In addition to basic surgical concepts, students will learn how to provide care for patients with complex arterial and venous pathologies, and they will understand how principles of vascular surgery are founded in the systemic component of vascular disease, and integrated medical management. Students will also benefit from individualized mentoring, and professional development.

Conference & Didactics Schedule

Vascular Surgery Virtual Elective Conference & Didactics Schedule

The schedule includes weekly telemedicine (virtual visits) and independent study. The Thursday morning "Vascular Curriculum" covers the Departmental Grand Rounds, Death and Complications Conference, and Teaching Conference. 

Please note: Learning resources and final schedule will be provided upon confirmation.

Week 1

  • Monday
    • 7 AM: Indications Conference
    • 4:30 PM: pRVH Multidisciplinary Case Conference
  • Tuesday:
    • 4 PM: Professor Rounds
  • Wednesday:
    • 7 AM: MAP Conference
    • 4 PM: Mentoring/Leadership Development
  • Thursday:
    • 7-10 AM: Vascular Curriculum
  • Friday:
    • 7 AM: Student Presentation
    • 4 PM: Resident Social Hour

Week 2

  • Monday:
    • 7 AM: Journal Club/Faculty Research Presentations
  • Tuesday:
    • No conference or didactics scheduled.
  • Wednesday:
    • 7 AM: Professor Rounds
    • 4 PM: Mentoring/Leadership Development
  • Thursday:
    • 7-10 AM: Vascular Curriculum
  • Friday:
    • 7 AM: Student Presentation

Week 3

  • Monday:
    • 7 AM: Professor Rounds
  • Tuesday:
    • 5 PM: Vascular Care Conference
  • Wednesday:
    • 7 AM: MAP Conference
    • 4 PM: Mentoring/Leadership Development
  • Thursday:
    • 7-10 AM: Vascular Conference
  • Friday:
    • 7 AM: Student Presentation
    • 4 PM: Resident Social Hour

Week 4

  • Monday:
    • No conference or didactics scheduled.
  • Tuesday:
    • 4 PM: Professor Rounds
  • Wednesday:
    • 4 PM: Mentoring/Leadership Development
  • Thursday:
    • 7-10 AM: Vascular Curriculum
  • Friday:
    • 7 AM: Student Presentation

How to Apply

The University of Michigan is currently accepting applications for Period 10: 9/28/2020 – 10/25/2020 and Period 11: 10/26/2020 – 11/23/2020.

Please contact Course Director and Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency Program Director Dawn Coleman, MD by emailing dawnbarn@umich.edu to apply to the elective.

Contact Us

Dawn Coleman, MD

Course Director & Residency Program Director

Gloria Kim, MD, MPH

Resident Liaison

Duwana Villemure

Administrator