Vascular and Endovascular Surgical Fellowship

The Homans Vascular Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is a two-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship of the highest caliber. The program offers balanced experience in open and endovascular techniques.

The fellows in this program will gain extensive experience in diagnostic and therapeutic endovascular techniques as well as weekly instruction and practice in the non-invasive vascular laboratory.

  • The program is tailored to the fellow and is offered in state-of-the-art 136-bed Shapiro Cardiovascular Center which features the integration of multiple cardiovascular specialists. The Center has a hybrid operating room for vascular surgery.
  • General surgical residents and vascular fellows have access to all vascular patients admitted to BWH.
Matthew T. Menard, MD

Matthew T. Menard, MD

Program Director

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Vascular and Endovascular Surgical Fellowship Topics

Quick Facts and Program Goals
  • Homans Fellowship is a two-year ACGME-accredited fellowship program
  • The vascular surgery fellowship program matches with one new fellow each year
  • Application deadline is February 1

Program Goals

For more information about the program goals.

Clinical Training

The specific subjects to be covered within the clinical and basic science curriculum have been established by the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery (APDVS).Through clinical experience, reading and conference attendance and presentation, the fellow will review and master content covered in the curricula.

The vascular fellow is on duty approximately 60-70 hours per week, averaging 12 hours per day during the week and every second weekend for emergency procedures. Weekend call is provided on a rotational basis by the attending staff in concert with the vascular fellow who participates on weekend cases and emergent admissions as necessary. The vascular surgical fellow is not required to be in-house on overnight call.

The vascular surgical fellow and the general surgical residents function on the same service, although the vascular surgery fellow and the general surgery chief resident are not assigned to the same cases. As the volume of surgery at BWH exceeds 1,200 vascular procedures and 400 endovascular procedures per year, each vascular fellow accumulates in excess of 300 open cases and 300 endovascular cases during his or her tenure.

  • First Year Fellow Responsibilities
    • Inpatients and consults
    • Open operative experience
    • Weekly conferences

  • Second Year Fellow Responsibilities
    • Cath-lab
    • Non-invasive lab
    • Research
    • Endovascular conference
Meetings

Fellows attend and present at many regional and national meetings including:

  • Society for Vascular Surgery
  • New England Vascular Society
  • Research Initiatives
  • VEITH Symposium
  • Wesley Moore Review Course
Research Opportunities

Each vascular fellow is required to participate in ongoing scholarly activity under the supervision of the attending staff in preparation of clinical reviews for submission to regional and national meetings. The vascular fellow is expected to attend both the regional New England Society for Vascular Surgery meeting in September as well as the national meetings of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Association for Vascular Surgery (SVS/AAVS) in June, at the Division's expense. In addition, the vascular fellow is responsible for researching and presenting the majority of the topics for the weekly conference curriculum.

Faculty

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a scientific, clinical and academic powerhouse with a long history of firsts. We foster a shared commitment to predict, prevent, and treat the world’s toughest diseases. Our collaborations are changing the future of medicine, in Boston and beyond.

Our culture in providing excellence in patient care, teaching and research affords an exceptional environment for clinical training and participation in exciting advances in basic and clinical research.

Committed to teaching and mentoring the next generation of surgeons and leaders in medicine, our faculty is comprised of experienced clinicians who impart a breadth of knowledge and expertise during clinical rounds and in clinics. In addition, basic and clinical research mentors provide many research opportunities for residents and fellows. 

Brigham and Women's Hospital Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery faculty are board certified vascular surgeons with full-time academic appointments at Harvard Medical School.  

Teaching Facilities

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area in Boston, Massachusetts. It is Harvard Medical School's second largest teaching affiliate. With Massachusetts General Hospital, it is one of the two founding members of Partners HealthCare, the largest healthcare provider in Massachusetts.

Brigham and Women's Hospital is an international leader in virtually every area of medicine and has been the site of pioneering breakthroughs that have improved lives around the world.

Applications

Applications for the fellowship are accepted December through January from physicians who will have completed a five-year ACGME-accredited general surgery residency by the time the vascular program begins in July.

The vascular fellowship positions each year are filled via the vascular surgery match sponsored by the National Resident Matching Program. All applicants must register with the NRMP in addition to submitting an application to our program. Applicants participate in the vascular match during their general surgery PGY-4 year, matching for a position to begin following completion of their PGY-5 year.

All applicants must register with the NRMP in addition to requesting an application from the AAMC ERAS electronic residency application system. Programs participating in ERAS may only accept those application materials sent electronically through ERAS. We will not accept any additional supporting documents by mail.

Requirements and Deadline

We require the following documents to be available for download through ERAS for a complete application to be reviewed:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE transcript
  • ABS in-training exam scores

Our deadline for receipt of your residency application and all supporting documents will be February 1.

Selection of Interview Candidates

Each application is reviewed in its entirety with an eye toward a combination of overall academic excellence, leadership ability, career development potential and personal character.

We interview approximately 15-20 candidates for the vascular surgery program each year. Although we receive applications from many well-qualified candidates, it is not possible to interview all who apply. Every effort is made to notify applicants of their interview status in a timely manner in order to allow sufficient time for making travel arrangements.

Interview Information and Travel

Interview Dates

Fellowship interviews will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the hospital.  There will be a social event with our current fellows the evening prior to interviews. We do not schedule any individual interview dates outside of the scheduled group interview date.

Interview Format

The interview day begins with a continental breakfast during the early morning check-in time, followed by an orientation session with Dr. Matthew Menard, the vascular surgery fellowship program director, and Dr. Michael Belkin, division chief. Following the orientation session, each candidate will meet individually with two groups consisting of the applicant and two or three key faculty members. Our current vascular surgery fellows will be on hand throughout the morning to visit informally with the candidates between interviews and to conduct hospital tours.

Travel and Hotel Accomodations

For the purposes of making travel arrangements, applicants may anticipate being finished with all interview and tour activities by 6pm. Please see our hotel accommodations page for more information.

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