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Conferences and Education

Morbidity, Mortality, and Preoperative Case Conference

Morbidity, mortality, and preoperative case conference takes place every week. This conference is structured to focus on the discussion of upcoming cases including the nuances of surgical approaches, clinical decision-making, and case planning. The conferences also offers an opportunity for reflection on previous operations and outcomes, quality improvement, and discussion of complications. The morbidity, mortality, and preoperative cases are all presented by fellows and senior residents.

Vascular Surgery Grand Rounds

Vascular Surgery Grand Rounds occur weekly and are a multidisciplinary forum that focuses on current topics in vascular surgery, podiatric surgery, and vascular anesthesia. Grand Rounds are presented by faculty and trainees, including many members outside of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. Grand Rounds encompasses an array of topics that includes, but is not limited to, clinically relevant issues, cases of interest, and research progress. Grand Rounds also serves as a venue for trainees of all levels to present and share their work.

Walk Rounds

Walk rounds are led by the Division Chief, Dr. Conte, and occur weekly. These rounds consist of a case presentation of a current inpatient by a trainee followed by a review and discussion of their presentation, treatment, and hospital course. These rounds end with bedside teaching.

UC Vascular Surgery Curriculum (UC VaSC)

UC VaSC is a comprehensive educational curriculum that includes a weekly review of Rutherford’s and current clinical topics in vascular surgery. UC VaSC provides relevant and important guidance in learning vascular physiology, pathology, disease, imaging, diagnosis, and treatment. The curriculum also serves to prepare residents for the VSITE and includes surgical simulation (below).


In order to facilitate learning basic open and endovascular surgical skills early in training, residents participate in monthly vascular surgery simulation and technical skills labs. These simulation and technical skills labs provide residents with low-stakes opportunities to familiarize themselves with surgical techniques, devices, and endovascular tools prior to utilizing them in the operating room.

Journal Club

Faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students participate in monthly journal clubs. Residents on the vascular surgery service present and discuss recently published and/or clinically relevant manuscripts. All journal clubs are led by faculty members who facilitate discussion of the methods, results, and implications with the goal of cultivating an ability to critically review and apply literature to daily practice.

Annual Cadaver Course

A full day course with several fresh frozen cadavers to allow both residents and fellows in Vascular Surgery to practice exposures under the supervision of faculty members. The trainees are divided into pairs by their clinical year and work together to perform exposures on the cadaver that they have not yet mastered in clinical settings. Faculty members are present to direct and advise but do not directly assist in the dissections to allow for maximal educational benefit.


Robert W. Binkley Visiting Professorship

Every year a professor and leader in vascular surgery is invited to be the Robert W. Binkley Visiting Professor. The Visiting Professorship is an all-day event, which includes a presentation at the UCSF Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, case and research presentations by faculty and trainees, networking opportunities, and a formal dinner. In previous years, the Visiting Professorship culminated with a presentation at the Annual UCSF Vascular Symposium.

Annual UCSF Vascular Symposium

The Division hosts an annual vascular symposium that includes distinguished faculty drawn from UCSF and other leading institutions. The theme of the symposium changes every year but always focuses on vascular disease management, advancing technologies, data from clinical trials, and registries, and affordable care. Fellows, residents, medical students, and other students and trainees are welcome to attend and participate in the symposium.


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