Vascular Surgery Training
Message from the Director
Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency ("0/5")
The Division of Vascular Surgery and the Penn State Hershey Medical Center was approved by the RRC in October 2009 for an Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency. This five-year comprehensive clinical training program in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery matches medical students directly into Vascular training. Twenty-four months of General Surgery and 36 months of Vascular Surgery are incorporated over the five years. The program is based at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center with electives available to rotate with Division faculty at Mount Nittany Medical Center. A complete schedule of didactic sessions and clinical conferences supplements the patient care and research activities of the Vascular Surgery Service. One trainee is accepted each year into the program.
The clinical expertise of the Division includes all components of the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disorders. Patients with a wide variety of arterial, venous, and lymphatic diseases receive evaluation from a "whole patient" perspective. The surgical faculty employ numerous methods and technologies for vascular reconstruction in patients requiring invasive therapy, as well as offer medical management for those with milder forms of disease. The entire spectrum of endovascular therapy is provided through the integrated framework of the Heart and Vascular Institute. The Division of Vascular Surgery provides non-invasive vascular testing as an integral part of patient management, and is both nationally and internationally recognized for its excellence.
The academic mission of the Division embraces scholarship in both clinical and related basic sciences. The Vascular trainees have the opportunity to pursue studies that may lead to presentation and publication of their work. The Division participates in major national clinical trials. It is active at all levels in developing quality standards for noninvasive testing.
Completed applications should be directed to: Electronic Resident Application Service (ERAS)
Learn more about our faculty and why they have chosen a career in vascular surgery.
- Amy B. Reed, M.D.
- Robert Atnip, M.D., RVT, RPVI
- Faisal Aziz, M.D., RVT, RPVI
- Judith Cook, M.D.
- David Han, M.D., RVT, RPFI
Vascular Surgery Service Organization
Vascular surgery service in the Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute:
Penn State Hershey Medical Center:
- Amy B. Reed, M.D. , F.A.C.S., Chief and Program Director of Vascular Surgery
- Robert G. Atnip, M.D., RVT, RPVI
- Faizal Aziz, M.D., RVT, RPVI
- Judith W. Cook, M.D.
- David C. Han, M.D., RVT, RPFI
Penn State Hershey Medical Group—Colonnade ,,,
- Eugene Simoni, M.D.-State College experience at Mount Nittany Medical Center:
Vascular surgery fellows, residents, general surgery residents, and medical students rotate on these services. Vascular surgery service has three physician assistants who complement the services.
Penn State Hershey Medical Center:
Penn State Hershey Medical Group—Colonnade
- Mandatory Conferences (please see "Conference" tab)
- Mandatory rotation in an attending's office once per week.
- Direct teaching in the operating room and during patient care.
Assessment Methods- Resident
- Verbal feedback during daily rounds and walk rounds
- Written self-evaluation twice a year
- Written evaluation by physician assistants at conclusion of rotation
- Written evaluation by faculty at conclusion of rotation
- Written evaluation by nurses twice a year
- Written evaluation by inpatients and outpatients once a month
Assessment Methods- Program Evaluation
- Written evaluation at completion of each rotation
- Written evaluation of the program at the completion of each year
- Performance on VSITE examination (yearly)
Level of Supervision
The nighttime and weekend attending call schedule is available to all through SmartWeb and the vascular surgery office. An attending is designated to be the rounder each weekday. The rounder is responsible for all daytime and intraoperative consults and transfers.
American College of Surgeons Fundamentals of Surgery Curriculum
Rutherford Vascular Surgery
Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE)
Fluoroscopy Training Program
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
2nd Wednesday of each month
HVI Basic Science Lecture
Vascular Teaching Conference
H1154- Hamilton Conference Room
Vascular Preoperative and M&M
H1154- Hamilton Conference Room
2nd Thursday of each month
Vascular Dialysis Access Meeting
7:30 -8:30 am
General Surgery Education & Training
Topics & Location assigned weekly
** Teaching Conference has varied subjects each week that are decided annually including: HVI basic science, vascular lab, interesting cases, radiation safety, etc…
For residents: There are monthly conference for CORE competencies and surgical grand rounds,
Vascular Teaching Conference includes:
- Bi-annual cadaver and simulation lab
- Vascular Lab
- Interesting Articles and Journal Club
- Varied lectures by residents, fellows and faculty members
Residents on vacation are excused from all conferences. Other than this exception or other extenuating circumstances previously approved by the Program Director and reported to the Program Coordinator, residents are expected to attend all conference. If at an off-site rotation, please use the Adobe Connect link to sign into Vascular Teaching Conference and Vascular Preoperative and M&M Conference. Residents must participate in 75% of all required conferences.
Vascular Previous Graduates
- 2011 Steven Khoo, M.D., United States Army, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
- 2010 Ryan Messiner, D.O., St. Vincent Medical Group, Erie, Pennsylvania
- 2009 Robert Garvin, M.D., Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania
- 2008 Charles Neuwirth, M.D., private practice, Wilmington, North Carolina
- 2007 Kevin Taubman, M.D., private practice, Tulsa, Oklahoma
- 2006 Sai Sajja, M.D., Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
- 2005 Christopher Johnnides, M.D., Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, Denver, Colorado
Current Integrated Fellows/Residents
Sara Clark, M.D. 2012-2014
Daniel Calderon, M.D. 2011-2016
Adam Ring, M.D. 2012-2017
Emelia Bittenbinder, M.D. 2013-2018
Vascular Helpful Hints
Step 2 CS is preferred and recommended for integrated vascular surgery residents due to the program being highly competitive. Preference is given to candidates who have already passed their examinations. Step 2 must be completed before we can rank you for the Match. Residents must take the USMLE Step 3 before completing their intern year.
Benefits, Policies & Stipends
Information on benefits, policies and stipends at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center can be found at the link below.
- When interviewing or visiting our area we have special rates for the residency programs of Penn State Hershey Medical Center with Country Inns of Hershey. When making reservations please use the promotional code PSHMC.
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- On the right side of the screen you will see a section titled "Search for Special Rates" and where it says Promotional Code type in your company specific promotional code and click "Search".
- At this point the available room types and your preferred rates will appear and you can continue on with the reservation process receiving an instant confirmation number upon completion.
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