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Trainees must complete at least five points of the Research Requirements prior to being approved by the Board Chair to sit for the Fellowship Examination in Vascular Surgery.
The breakdown of points is:
- Presentation at state registrar meeting
- Presentation at ANZSVS meeting or RACS
ASC 2 points (Maximum 4 points)
- Poster presentation at ANZSVS meeting or RACS ASC
1 point (Maximum 2 points)
- Publication in refereed medical journal
2 points (Maximum 4 points)
- Higher Degree
MS 2 points, PhD MD 3 points
- Publication in non-refereed journal/online article
One presentation or publication must be completed during the course of the SET program.
Trainees are expected to provide documentary evidence of completion of the research requirement and complete the Research Template form (DOCX 17.05KB).
Before admission to the Fellowship examination, candidates shall provide evidence of training in the form of a logbook. This training should include 100 hours of ultrasound scanning, and should cover a wide variety of ultrasound examinations and recorded using the Ultrasound Logbook template (DOCX 18.9KB). Candidates should be able to perform the following scans:
- Carotid duplex
- Venous mapping (for conduit)
- Lower limb arterial duplex
- Treadmill test
- Bypass graft surveillance
- DVT scan
- Abdominal aorta scan for AAA
Candidates should have some experience in, but not necessarily be able to perform:
- Venous insufficiency duplex
- Renal/mesenteric artery duplex
- Aorto-iliac duplex
A casebook containing ten cases selected to illustrate the breadth and quality of the candidates' work is required. Cases involving an examination reported as normal should not be included. In preparing the casebook, which is to be constructed and compiled by the candidates themselves, each case presentation should give details of the request, copies of a limited number of images in digital format, a copy of the report issued, and a short commentary (not exceeding 500 words) indicating how the examination has assisted in diagnosis and/or management, and mentioning any operative or pathology follow up. The commentary should be prepared with the care required for a published paper, and references listed in the format prescribed for current refereed journals. Pages cited should be specified and the latest edition of a textbook quoted.
One of the modules is entitled "Principles of Imaging" (login required to view this module in this section). A large component of this module is devoted to vascular ultrasound, and must be completed as part of ultrasound training.
Vascular ultrasound will be an integral part of the examination. Candidates may expect questions on vascular ultrasound in the written examination, in particular relating to:
- Ultrasound physics
- Biological effects
- Artefacts and their cause
- The clinical value and limitations of ultrasound
Candidates may also expect to answer questions on vascular ultrasound in the long case and in the anatomy/imaging viva.
Major and minor procedure classification
Procedures classified as minor or major in the document below:
Major and Minor Procedure classification (PDF 81.33KB)
More detailed information can be found in the Training Regulations Handbook (PDF 197.2KB) and on the ANZSVS website.