ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 09.02.2009
The University of Arizona has won accreditation to train vascular surgeons, becoming the only college in the Southwest to do so and only the second in the West.
The UA department of surgery will admit one resident per year to a five-year program to specialize in treating diseases of the blood vessels.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has approved only 19 such programs. The only other one in the West is at Stanford.
In the past, students who finished medical school and wanted to become certified vascular surgeons had to complete a five-year residency and a two-year fellowship with a specialized focused. The UA has offered the fellowship component for 25 years.
Recent industry changes shortened the training time to five years.
There is a growing need for vascular surgeons to treat increased numbers of people with vascular disease as a result of the aging population, obesity and diabetes, surgery professor Joseph L. Mills Sr. said in a press release. About 100 new vascular surgeons are certified each year, and twice that many are needed, he said.
The first resident in the new program is Janice Thai, a 2009 graduate of Stony Brook University School of Medicine in Stony Brook, N.Y.