Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program

As a fellow in our 2-year Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program, you’ll expand your clinical skills while you develop experience in research. As a graduate, you’ll be well-prepared to seek a competitive position in academic surgery.

Vascular surgery team in the operating room
Women in Vascular Surgery Symposium Surgical Simulation Training
Lab personnel working in the lab

Our program offers:

  • Extensive experience in both open and endovascular cases, with an almost equal distribution of volume.
  • Three diverse clinical training hubs. The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System offers experience with routine vascular surgery. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital provides a high-volume community surgery setting. Michigan Medicine is a large academic medical center drawing diverse and complex cases from around the country and the world.
  • Exposure to all elements of vascular surgery. Our 9 operating surgeons provide expertise in all aspects of the specialty, from common vascular procedures to specialized practices such as advanced endovascular procedures, advanced open reconstruction of the thoracic and abdominal aorta and visceral branches, complex cerebrovascular reconstructions, thoracic outlet syndrome decompressions, and pediatric vascular procedures
  • A record of exceptional outcomes, including graduate placements in competitive positions.

Program Overview

As a fellow at Michigan, you’ll learn from internationally recognized surgeons and researchers with interests that span the spectrum of vascular surgery, providing unique exposure to all facets of our specialty.

Clinical Experience

Highlights include:

  • A multidisciplinary approach to peripheral vascular, aortic, and venous disease.
  • Exposure to all aspects of vascular surgery, including more niche interests.
  • Access to one of the nation’s best cardiovascular centers, the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, a 425,000-square-foot, $215 million facility with a 24-bed surgical post-procedure ICU, 24 vascular general/moderate care beds, and 11 dedicated cardiothoracic and vascular ORs.

Fellowship Curriculum & Rotations

The Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program is structured to help you build a solid clinical foundation as you advance to progressive independence in the specialty.

During the first year (Fellow 1), 5 months will be spent on Vascular CVC, 3 months on Vascular Endo, 2 months on Vascular SMJH, 1 month on DVU/Superficial Venous Disease, and 1 month on an Elective. The second-year fellow (Fellow 2) will spend 6 months on Vascular CVC, 3 months on Vascular Endo, 2 months on Vascular VA, and 1 month of Vascular Offsite.

Rotation Key

  • DVU Superficial Venous: Hybrid “clinically light” rotation that emphasizes the care of superficial venous disease and diagnostic vascular lab training/ready (self-study) for RPVI preparation
  • Elective: Time spent to further augment vascular training
  • Vascular CVC: Core vascular surgery rotation at the University of Michigan (UM) Cardiovascular Center
  • Vascular Endo: All endovascular cases on service at the UM Cardiovascular Center
  • Vascular Offsite: Vascular surgery experience at an offsite
  • Vascular SJMH: Local community hospital with robust vascular surgery practice, including outpatient endovascular suite
  • Vascular VA: Vascular Surgery service at the Ann Arbor Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Research & Academic Opportunities

Highlights include:

Salary & Benefits

The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the GME Office website, under “Prospective Residents/Fellows”.

Learn more on the GME Office website →

How to Apply

Candidates for the Vascular Surgery fellowship must complete a full residency in General Surgery, leading to American Board of Surgery certification or board eligibility by the start of the fellowship.

One fellow is chosen each year, with fellowship candidates typically applying 2 years before entering the training program.

Application Information

For application details, contact:

Dawn M. Coleman, M.D.
Residency & Fellowship Program Director
Section of Vascular Surgery
Michigan Medicine
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
CVC 5172
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
734-936-5786
dawnbarn@umich.edu

For general questions and follow-ups, contact the Office of Surgery Education.

Interview Dates

Interviews are offered as early as January, with interviews in mid-March.