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Department of surgery

Division of Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program


Selection Criteria


Only applicants who are eligible for entry into American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved graduate medical education (GME) programs shall be selected for appointment as fellows in the Temple University Division of Vascular Surgery.


Eligible candidates shall include:

  1. Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  2. Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  3. Graduates of approved general surgery residency training programs in the United States and eligible for board certification in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery.
  4. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:
    • Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or
    • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a United States licensing jurisdiction.

At the time of entry into the training program the candidate must be a citizen of the United States or hold a visa which is acceptable for graduate medical education.


At the time of entry into the training program the resident must posses a valid graduate medical training license issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Applicants shall be selected without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.


The Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program of Temple University Hospital subscribes to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) system. The rules that govern NRMP participation for both matched and unmatched positions are followed.


Screening methods used to select residents are based on the National Board scores, in-service general surgical examination scores, academic credentials in medical school, and letters of recommendation.


A few interview dates are selected to provide applicants the opportunity to attend. Applicants are interviewed by physician, nursing, and technical faculty members in the Division of Vascular Surgery.


A standardized grading system is used which takes into consideration academic background and performance, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendations, scientific publications and presentations, and interaction with the interviewer. Selection will also consider communication and interpersonal skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.


At the end of each interview session, each applicant is discussed and given one grade. After all applicants have been interviewed, a separate day is selected where the faculty rank each prospective fellow. The Program Director makes the rank list which is then submitted to the NRMP.