The primary goal of the Boston University Medical Center Leadership Program in Vascular Medicine is to provide comprehensive training for physicians to pursue an independently funded academic career in vascular medicine. The overall intent of the program is to train the next generation of leaders in the emerging field of vascular medicine.

The first major aim of the program is to provide comprehensive clinical training in vascular medicine. We have developed a clinical curriculum in vascular medicine designed to assure that trainees will become outstanding vascular medicine clinicians. The clinical training draws on the individual strengths of our faculty, and highlights the multi-disciplinary and cooperative approach to vascular care presently provided at Boston Medical Center. Upon completion of the clinical program trainees are expected to demonstrate acquisition of the knowledge needed to practice in vascular medicine by passing the board examination in vascular medicine (from the American Board of Vascular Medicine).

The second major aim of the program is to provide trainees with the cognitive skills and practical experience to conduct research in vascular medicine. We have built upon the strength of other training programs within our institution to assure that trainees attain in-depth knowledge about research design, conduct and analysis. This will be highlighted by trainees obtaining one of several Master degrees in research methodology and biostatistics. We have also developed unique opportunities to provide novel insight into the research and publishing process. An essential element of the research training is the mentored research project. We have a strong cadre of mentors representing the breath and depth of research interests that a vascular program requires.

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