Venous training during vascular residency programs is perceived to be lacking in both case volume and didactic education, based on the results of a national survey of vascular trainees.
The majority of respondents (82%) believed that treating venous disease is part of a standard vascular practice, and 75% indicated a desire for increased venous training, according to article in press published online in the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders.
In terms of case loads, the responders reported the following:
- 63% had performed fewer than 10 inferior vena cava stents.
- 64% had performed fewer than 10 vein stripping/ligation procedures.
- 50% had performed fewer than 10 iliac stents.
- 92% had performed fewer than 10 venous bypasses.
In contrast, 74% of responders reported having performed as many as 20 cases of endothermal ablation.
Currently, the does not demand a minimum number of venous cases before graduation from a vascular training program, Dr. Hicks and her colleagues wrote.
Although integrated and traditional vascular surgery trainees showed no overall differences in reported venous procedure volumes (P less than or equal to .28), integrated students reported receiving significantly more didactic education than their traditionally trained peers (P less than or equal to .01).
Both integrated and traditional vascular surgery trainees recognized a need for a more comprehensive educational curriculum in venous disease in terms of both didactic education and case exposure, the authors reported.
“Our data suggest that expansion of the venous training curriculum with clear training standards is warranted and that trainees would welcome such a change,” wrote Dr. Hicks and her colleagues.
“Further study will be required to determine if the perceived deficits affect recent graduates’ experiences with venous disease in their developing practice and if increasing training in venous disease during vascular residency will increase the venous work performed by practicing vascular surgeons,” they concluded.
The authors reported that they had no conflicts of interest.