The overall objective of any postgraduate training program is to provide an education of high standard and to produce competent, compassionate, and well-trained surgeons in any given specialty. The goal of the postgraduate vascular training program at the University of Manitoba is to provide a comprehensive vascular surgery training program for postgraduate surgery residents and to produce well-trained vascular surgeons for Manitoba and Canada.
With Winnipeg's relatively stable population, a catchment of approximately 1.1 million, and the vast majority of vascular surgery in the city being performed by university-associated surgeons at the two teaching hospitals, the two-year training program offers ample clinical exposure and opportunities for the vascular fellow in training.
In addition to a vascular trauma I.R. component and opportunities for renal and visceral artery reconstruction, the bulk of the clinical exposure comprises abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, aorto-iliac and infrainguinal disease, and hemoaccess dialysis procedures.
Regular audit and journal clubs also form part of the training program, as do the weekly vascular rounds, which address basic and clinical vascular topics.
Besides opportunity for participation in clinical vascular research studies, there is provision for attendance at local, national, and international conferences.