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What is the process to become a vascular surgeon?

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Dr. Timothy Wu
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: Two Pathways

The first pathway is an md who has completed a general surgery residency (5-7 years), and then finished a fellowship in vascular surgery (2 years).
A new pathway started in 2006 allowing a physician to begin vascular surgery training without general surgery, taking 5-7 years to complete. Both pathways allow board certification by the american board of surgery. No other pathways exist.

In brief: Two Pathways

The first pathway is an md who has completed a general surgery residency (5-7 years), and then finished a fellowship in vascular surgery (2 years).
A new pathway started in 2006 allowing a physician to begin vascular surgery training without general surgery, taking 5-7 years to complete. Both pathways allow board certification by the american board of surgery. No other pathways exist.
Dr. Timothy Wu
Dr. Timothy Wu
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Vascular Surgeon

The time to become a vascular surgeon is rather lengthy.
It involves a 4 year bachelors degree followed by 4 years of medical school, then 5 years of general surgery residency and then a 2 year fellowship in vascular surgery. There are a few residency programs than can shorten the process by a couple of years by combining the residency and fellowship together if you commit to the program early.

In brief: Vascular Surgeon

The time to become a vascular surgeon is rather lengthy.
It involves a 4 year bachelors degree followed by 4 years of medical school, then 5 years of general surgery residency and then a 2 year fellowship in vascular surgery. There are a few residency programs than can shorten the process by a couple of years by combining the residency and fellowship together if you commit to the program early.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Dr. Robert Vorhies
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Fellowship training

Most vascular surgeons complete medical school 4 years , general surgery residency 5 years, and then vascular surgery fellowship for an additional 2-3 years before taking written and oral examinations to become board certified in vascular surgery.
Currently, many vascular surgery training programs are combining general surgery training with vascular training to shorten the process by a few years.

In brief: Fellowship training

Most vascular surgeons complete medical school 4 years , general surgery residency 5 years, and then vascular surgery fellowship for an additional 2-3 years before taking written and oral examinations to become board certified in vascular surgery.
Currently, many vascular surgery training programs are combining general surgery training with vascular training to shorten the process by a few years.
Dr. Robert Vorhies
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