Overnight, you are on the frontline: Easing the transition from medical student to vascular resident

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What are the Top 10 calls a newly matched vascular surgery integrated resident is first likely to encounter in the real world? Patients are more likely to present with pain, nausea or swollen leg, rather than ruptured aneurysm. And many new interns do not yet have the skills to deal with these, Alan Lumden (Houston, USA) tells Vascular News at the Society for Vascular Surgery’s 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting (SVS VAM; 12–15 June, National Harbor, USA).

Lumsden points to Jump Start, a course specifically designed to provide fourth year medical students (who have matched into integrated vascular surgery residencies) with an opportunity to learn skills such as suturing, ultrasound access, and anatomy, so that they can be functional on the floor and in the operating room from their first day.

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