Demand for Integrated Vascular Residency Training Outweighs Positions
The number of talented and motivated applicants for integrated vascular training programs far outweighs available positions according to a new, four-year study by researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.
Between 2006 and 2009 traditional fellowship applications five years of general surgery followed by two years of vascular surgery and the corresponding number of positions remained stable–increasing only slightly from 112 to 116, for an average of 1.2 applicants for each position.
“In contrast, the number of available integrated residency positions five years of combined general surgery and vascular surgery increased from 0 to 19 in the last four-year period with a total of 152 applicants in 2009 seeking these limited number of positions,” said Andres Schanzer, MD, assistant professor in the division of vascular and endovascular surgery. “The average ratio of demand to supply for the integrated residents over the last two years for which complete data was available is 9.4 applicants to every one available position.”