I am excited to invite trainees in Cardiology, GIM, Hematology, and Vascular Surgery to consider additional training in Vascular Medicine. This exciting discipline will provide you with enhanced diagnostic and clinical skills for patients with disorders of blood vessels and their contents. This includes venous, arterial and lymphatic diseases. Common patients seen under the vascular medicine umbrella include those with peripheral artery disease (PAD), arterial and venous thrombosis, and vasculitis. Trainees will gain expertise and clinical experience diagnosing and managing a broad array of out-patients, learning vascular testing, and managing more complex in-patients with acute thrombosis.
Vascular Medicine focuses on the diagnosis and management of vascular (i.e. arterial, venous, lymphatic) disorders. A large proportion of patients with vascular disease have venous or arterial thrombosis and/or peripheral arterial disease. However, less common disorders must be considered in the workup of patients with leg swelling, leg discomfort, non-healing ulcers, blue digits, arterial dissections and aneurysms.
In the training program, a focus on i) conveying risk information to patients in an understandable way will be emphasized, ii) effectively communicating with allied health care professional and physician colleagues in a manner that convey treatment decision and follow-up plans will be learned, especially as many of the Vascular Medicine conditions may not be commonly considered by colleagues (e.g. peripheral artery disease, vasculitidies), iii) cardiac and vascular rehabilitation which includes up to date smoking cessation counselling techniques, medical therapies, and advice regarding walking programs for patients with PAD.
Trainees will receive exposure to research in their work with Dr. Anand who has an active research program in peripheral arterial disease. This includes observational registries and randomized clinical trials. Trainees can choose to add a two-month research block into the 12-month fellowship program.
The successful completion of the 6-month program will grant a “Vascular Medicine” certificate.
The successful completion of the 12-month program will grant a “Vascular Medicine” Fellowship.
The certificate/fellowship program is designed for current residents (PGY5 or higher) or recent graduates (GIM, cardiology, hematology/thrombosis, or vascular surgery). Recent graduates are required to submit an application form and comply with McMaster University Postgraduate Medical Education requirements for residents and fellows.
Rolling deadline but applicants are encouraged to apply in June or January each year, a minimum of 6 months before starting the fellowship.
Dr Patrick Magloire 2004-6
Dr. Catherine McGorrian 2008
Dr. Bernard LaRochelle 2009
Dr. Francois Caron 2015-17
Dr. Luke Ranelli 2018
Dr. Eric Kaplovitch 2018-19
Dr. Aashish Kalani 2020
Vascular Medicine, the official journal of the Society for Vascular Medicine.
The vascular medicine rotation will provide the trainee with exposure to clinical practice, diagnostic testing in PAD and clinical research in peripheral arterial disease.
The clinics will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in educating patients on the signs and symptoms of complications of their vascular disease, establish effective communication with, allied health care professionals and physician colleagues to convey treatment decisions and follow-up plans and expose trainees to up to date cardiac and vascular rehabilitation strategies. Fellows may also work as part of a clinical research team to learn the principles of clinical trial research methodology, which will allow the fellow to establish their own research projects at the completion of their training.
As a result, the trainee will become an expert in vascular medicine with in-depth knowledge of vascular disorders from both a clinical and basic science perspective.
The clinical rotation training goals have been formulated to guide trainees in identifying and acquiring the key competencies required to succeed as an expert consultant in vascular medicine. The rotation provides graded responsibility in achieving these objectives based on the fellow’s level of training and previous experience.
The trainee is able to:
In the 12-month training program, the trainees will gain the scanning and reading time required to take the Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation TM (RPVI) which enables them to read and interpret peripheral vascular ultrasound and other doppler testing.
Certificate - 6 months
Fellowship including RPVI eligibility - 12 months
Sponsored by agency
Other – self-funded from another program i.e. (GIM) or outside institution
At the beginning of each rotation, Dr. Anand will meet with the trainee to discuss objectives and how the trainee will be evaluated. Regular informal meetings occur will throughout the rotation to discuss the trainees' progress and any issues that may arise.
At the end of the rotation, the rotation supervisor synthesizes information from all teaching faculty, as well as the clinical or laboratory team and any other evaluation forms utilized to complete a rotation-specific in-training evaluation of the trainee (ITER). The evaluation and ITER are reviewed with the trainee at the end of the rotation. ITERs are distributed and tracked through the Medical School Information System (MedSIS).
Trainees also complete anonymous faculty and rotation evaluations which are forwarded to the program director and rotation supervisor at the end of the academic year.