Guidelines for hospital privileges in vascular surgery and endovascular interventions: Recommendations of the Society for Vascular Surgery.
William P. Shutze Sr. M.D.
Calligaro, K. D., K. S. Amankwah, M. D’Ayala, O. W. Brown, P. S. Collins, M. H. Eslami, K. M. Jain, D. S. Kassavin, B. Propper, T. P. Sarac, W. P. Shutze and T. H. Webb (2018). “Guidelines for hospital privileges in vascular surgery and endovascular interventions: Recommendations of the Society for Vascular Surgery.” J Vasc Surg 67(5): 1337-1344.
The Hospital Privileges Practice Guideline Writing Group of the Society for Vascular Surgery is making the following five recommendations concerning guidelines for hospital privileges for vascular surgery and endovascular therapy. Advanced endovascular procedures are currently entrenched in the everyday practice of specialized vascular interventionalists, including vascular surgeons, but open vascular surgery remains uniquely essential to the specialty. First, we endorse the Residency Review Committee for Surgery recommendations regarding open and endovascular cases during vascular residency and fellowship training. Second, applicants for new hospital privileges wishing to perform vascular surgery should have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited vascular surgery residency or fellowship or American Osteopathic Association-accredited training program before 2020 and should obtain American Board of Surgery certification in vascular surgery or American Osteopathic Association certification within 7 years of completion of their training. Third, we recommend that applicants for renewal of hospital privileges in vascular surgery include physicians who are board certified in vascular surgery, general surgery, or cardiothoracic surgery. These physicians with an established practice in vascular surgery should participate in Maintenance of Certification programs as established by the American Board of Surgery and maintain their respective board certification. Fourth, we provide recommendations concerning guidelines for endovascular procedures for vascular surgeons and other vascular interventionalists who are applying for new or renewed hospital privileges. All physicians performing open or endovascular procedures should track outcomes using nationally validated registries, ideally by the Vascular Quality Initiative. Fifth, we endorse the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission recommendations for noninvasive vascular laboratory interpretations and examinations to become a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation, which is included in the requirements for board eligibility in vascular surgery, but recommend that only physicians with demonstrated clinical experience in the diagnosis and management of vascular disease be allowed to interpret these studies.