An academic conference is held on a weekly basis, which includes topics for educational review, lectures by visiting professors, and case presentations. The conference is approved for one hour of Category I CME credit by UPMC.
In addition, a bi-monthly Basic and Clinical Research Conference, supported by topics related to bench research and clinical trial investigations, is held. Morbidity & Mortality Review and Journal Club are also included in the curricula.
On a business level, coding and reimbursement meetings are held on a regular basis to keep residents abreast of the latest issues.
The scope of research currently available in the division includes clinical trials, clinical reviews, bioengineering, molecular biology, gene therapy, methods of inhibiting neointimal hyperplasia, and other aspects of vascular biology.
Residents entering into the integrated five-year program as interns are expected to do two additional years of research in the Division of Vascular Surgery. This can be in one of the basic science labs devoted to vascular research, in the biomechanical engineering laboratories, or by doing clinical research.
The University of Pittsburgh has been designated as a center for development of translational research and as a location to foster young physicians in clinical research.
Several members of the division currently have NIH grants investigating various aspects of vascular diseases. The division also employs four vascular research coordinators who work on active prospective trials, as well as a full-time biostatistician.
Vascular surgery residents have the opportunity to become familiar with the current ongoing trials, methodology used, and statistical methods of analysis in order to carry out independent investigations in the future.
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