VA Hospital Case Conference. A weekly preoperative conference at which all potential operative cases are discussed in detail with faculty and trainees assigned to the VA vascular surgery service. The conference is mandatory for the PGY6 fellow, and the PGY5 resident assigned to the VA vascular service is responsible for organizing the conference and presenting the cases.
Divisional Morbidity and Mortality Conference. A monthly conference in which all patients on the VUMC service who developed complications and/or deaths are discussed in an open forum with faculty and trainees from the division. The PGY7 fellow is responsible for organizing the conference and presenting cases.
Multidisciplinary Aortic Conference. A weekly conference focusing on cases involving aortic disease of all types. The conference is attended by faculty and trainees from vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, and vascular medicine services.
Departmental Morbidity and Mortality Conference. A weekly conference in which cases involving morbidity and/or mortality are discussed in an open forum, with an emphasis on systems-based causes. Cases are presented by the trainee who served as primary surgeon, with commentary and discussion by the associated attending. The conference is attended by faculty and trainees from all divisions within the department, and each division presents cases on a rotating basis. Vascular surgery presents during the second week of the month, and the PGY7 fellow is responsible for the presentation.
Departmental Grand Rounds. A weekly conference involving a series of lectures representing all surgical disciplines, including vascular surgery. One Grand Rounds each year is devoted to the Dale Lecture, given by the invited visiting professor in vascular surgery.
Journal Club. Five times each year, an evening dinner conference is held at which three papers from the recent literature that are of interest to vascular surgeons are discussed in detail. PGY5, PGY6 fellow, and PGY7 fellow each present one paper.