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Conferences and Teaching

  Each Wednesday, a 2-hour teaching session is attended by all vascular fellows, residents, students and teaching staff. One hour of each conference is dedicated to a clinical indications session. In each session, complex vascular problems for management in the upcoming week and emergent management from the prior week are presented and discussed in detail. Evidence-based data relating to the best management strategies are emphasized. Moreover, 2 Wednesdays each month are dedicated to hour-long presentations of vascular topics. This didactic series follows a 2-year circle during which there is comprehensive presentation of key vascular topics. A detailed description of all conferences appears below.  

Conference  Day and Time Frequency
 Fellows' Case Conference      Monday, 5:00 pm Weekly
 Indications Wednesday, 7:30 am Weekly
 Morbidity & Mortality Wednesday, 8:30 am  Monthly
 Journal Club Wednesday, 8:30 am Monthly
 Didactic Lecture Wednesday, 8:30 am Monthly
 Vascular Ultrasound Friday, 7:00 am Every other week
 Clinical Research Wednesday, 4:00 pm        Every other week


Indications Conference

This one-hour, weekly conference includes presentation and review of all elective procedures planned for the upcoming week and unplanned emergent/urgent interventions from the prior week. Fellows present the patients' data and imaging (i.e. angiograms, MRA/CTA, noninvasive vascular studies, etc.) relevant to patient management are reviewed. Evidence-based treatment options are reviewed, discussed, and sometimes debated. Discussion culminates in a management recommendation. This conference emphasizes the evidence-based choice of therapies, the methods of management, the interpretation of vascular imaging, interpretation of noninvasive vascular imaging and represents a synthesis of decision-making in each area.  

Morbidity and Mortality Conference

This one-hour monthly conference is moderated by Dr. J. Hurie. All inpatient morbidities extending hospital stay, unplanned re-interventions, and deaths arereviewed. When autopsy materials are available, the responsible pathologist is present to correlate clinical and pathologic findings. Ultimately the findings from this conference are used to identify and develop quality improvement initiatives.  

Journal Club

This one-hour, monthly conference includes a review of literature relevant to vascular disease, including both clinical and basic science publications. Fellows present and lead discussion on 3-4 publications. Study methodology, statistical analysis and translation to clinical care are emphasized. Topics areas are rotated based on Rutherford's Textbook of Vascular Surgery to ensure a comprehensive exposure to current literature during the two year program.   

Didactic Lecture

This one-hour, monthly component to Wednesday morning conference consists of a didactic lecture led by a student, resident, fellow, or faculty member. Topics are selected by the speaker, faculty and/or fellows and may include review of a textbook chapter, focused literature summary and review on a specific issue relatedto vascular care, clinical guidelines, or systems-based approaches to care, or clinical guidelines). Speakers regularly include invited faculty from other specialties and departments.  

Vascular Ultrasound Conference

This one hour conference occurs every other week and is focused on the technical conduct, interpretation, and physics related to vascular ultrasound and non-invasive testing. Didactic classroom sessions are alternated with hands-on practical sessions in the Wake Forest Clinical Vascular Laboratory. This conference is organized and taught by the fellows with contributions from Scott Reavis, RVT, the Technical Director and Chief Sonographer for the Clinical Vascular Laboratory.   

Clinical Research Meeting

This one hour conference is conducted every other week and lead by Dr. Matthew Corriere. In attendance are Vascular faculty and fellows, residents, a clinical research coordinator, a data coordinator, and 2 biostatisticians from the Division of Public Health Sciences. The progress of current clinical research projects are discussed with emphasis on clinical research design, data management, analysis and interpretation. This organized, team-based approach is designed to facilitate research productivity. Fellows are encouraged to develop their own research studies with faculty mentorship and/or collaborate on ongoing faculty projects.

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