Vascular Surgery Training

Message from the Program Director

Faisal Aziz, MD

Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency ("0/5")

The Division of Vascular Surgery at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has had long history of training vascular surgery fellows for past few decades. In October 2009, RRC approved our institution 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 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. Since its inception, we have matched our top choice candidates every single year. Our first integrated vascular surgery resident graduated in June 2016.

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 research work that has led to presentation and publication of their work at regional and national conferences. The Division participates in major national clinical trials. It is active at all levels in developing quality standards for noninvasive testing.

Why have I chosen a career in Vascular Surgery?


Vascular Surgery Service Organization

Vascular surgery service at Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute:

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center:

Penn State Medical Group - Colonnade:

Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center - Reading, PA

Vascular surgery residents, general surgery residents, and medical students rotate at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Mount Nittany Medical Center and Pinnacle Health System.

Vascular surgery service has three physician assistants who complement the services.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center:

Penn State Medical Group - Colonnade

Teaching Methods

  1. Mandatory Conferences (please see "Conference" tab)
  2. Mandatory rotation in an attending's office once per week.
  3. Direct teaching in the operating room and during patient care.

Assessment Methods- Resident

  1. Verbal feedback during daily rounds and walk rounds
  2. Written self-evaluation twice a year
  3. Written evaluation by physician assistants at conclusion of rotation
  4. Written evaluation by faculty at conclusion of rotation
  5. Written evaluation by nurses twice a year
  6. Written evaluation by inpatients and outpatients once a month

Assessment Methods- Program Evaluation

  1. Written evaluation at completion of each rotation
  2. Written evaluation of the program at the completion of each year
  3. 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 intra-operative consults and transfers.

Educational Resources
American College of Surgeons Fundamentals of Surgery Curriculum
Anatomic Exposures in Vascular Surgery
Rutherford Vascular Surgery
Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE)

Training Includes
Fluoroscopy Training Program
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency Program ("0/5") Rotation Schedule


  • Vascular (4 months)
  • Anesthesia
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Night Float
  • Plastic Surgery
  • SICU
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Trauma



  • Vascular (6 months)
  • HVICU (2 months)
  • Pinnacle Health- Community
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Trauma



  • Vascular (4 months)
  • Mount Nittany - Vascular (2 months)
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Pinnacle Health - Community
  • SICU
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Trauma (2 months)



  • Vascular (6 months)
  • Mount Nittany - Vascular (2 months)
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Pinnacle Health - Community Vascular
  • Trauma (2 months)



  • Vascular (10 months)
  • Mount Nittany - Vascular (2 months)



Weekly Conferences





2nd Wednesday

HVI Basic Science Lecture

7-8 a.m.


General Surgery Education Lectures

7-8 a.m.

Quarterly GME
CLER Lectures



Vascular Preoperative and M&M

7-8 a.m.

H1154 - Hamilton Conference Room


Vascular Teaching Conference

8-9 a.m.

H1154 - Hamilton Conference Room




Vascular Skills, CBL, Journal Club & Interesting Articles

9-10 a.m.

H1154 - Hamilton Conference Room



There are also Surgical and Heart and Vascular Institute Grand Rounds along with Surgery M&M.  

Vascular Teaching Conference includes:

  • Bi-annual cadaver and simulation lab
  • Vascular Science Didactic Lab
  • Varied lectures by residents, fellows and faculty members

General Surgery Education and Training

  • Topics and location are assigned weekly
  • PGY1-PGY3 are required to attend these sessions if deemed relevant by the Assistant Program Director.
  • If sessions are not relevant, Vascular Skills, Case Based Learning or sessions in the Vascular Lab will be assigned.

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 conferences. 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

Vascular Surgery Integrated 0+5 Program

  • 2016 Daniel Calderon, M.D., Pinnacle Health System, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    **First resident to graduate from the Integrated Program.**

Vascular Surgery Fellowship

  • 2014 Sara Clark, M.D., Surgical Associates, P.A., Jacksonville, Florida
  • 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 Residents

Current Residents:

Daniel Calderon, M.D. 2011-2016

Adam Ring, M.D. 2012-2017

Emelia Bittenbinder, M.D. 2013-2018

Katelynn Ferranti, M.D. 2014-2019



Application Information

Interested Applicants should apply through the ERAS Web-based PDWS

Interview dates for the 2016/17 interview season will be:

  • Tuesday, November 9, 2016
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016
  • Thursday, December 15, 2016 

If selected to interview, applicants will receive an email from the Residency Coordinator with information regarding pre-interview dinners, hotels and interview schedules. If you have questions prior to this, please see the "Contact Us" page.


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 and Stipends

Learn more about our residency program benefits, policies and stipends.

Hershey, Pennsylvania

The community is family-friendly with excellent schools. It is an easy commute to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and New York City. Harrisburg International Airport is within fifteen minutes of the hospital. Learn more about Hershey and the surrounding area.

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Lauren Basti, Vascular Surgery and CVIR Residency Coordinator

Lauren Basti
Vascular Surgery and CVIR Residency Coordinator
Association of Vascular Surgery Coordinators Steering Committee and President Elect

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Division of Vascular Surgery
P.O. Box 850, M.C. H053
Hershey, PA 17033-0850
717-531-8485 (phone)
717-531-4151 (fax)