Calligaro KD, Dougherty MJ, Sidawy AN, Cronenwett JL. Choice of vascular surgery as a specialty: a survey of vascular surgery residents, general surgery chief residents and students at hospitals with vascular training programs

Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center, LEB, New Hampshire, United States
Journal of Vascular Surgery (Impact Factor: 3.02). 11/2004; 40(5):978-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvs.2004.08.036
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A survey listing reasons for choosing vascular surgery as a career was mailed to the directors of all vascular surgery residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and their respective general surgery programs in the United States and Canada in 2001 (survey 1, 81 programs) and 2003 (survey 2, 93 programs). These surveys were then forwarded by the program directors to VSRs and GS-CRs. Surveys were mailed to directors of medical education at 10 US medical schools with vascular surgery residency programs in 2001; these surveys were then forwarded to medical students. Factors were listed as reasons to choose or not choose vascular surgery as a career on the basis of informal pilot discussions with VSRs, GS-CRs and MSs and by reviewing other pertinent questionnaires.2

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