One of the goals the ABVLM established at its outset in 2007 was to establish educational standards for teaching and training programs in VLM. With this in mind, in 2014 ABVLM embarked upon a collaborative, multi-specialty consensus process to establish educational standards for venous and lymphatic medicine.
After development and publication of the Core content for training in venous & lymphatic medicine and Program requirements for fellowship education in venous and lymphatic medicine, the ABVLM began to focus on promoting fellowship program development.
The ABVLM recognized that important educational and health care system benefits would occur if one-year fellowship programs in venous and lymphatic medicine were developed. Such fellowships would:
- Standardized training
- Graduate better educated physicians
- Foster academic development
- Young physicians can be a stimulus for scientific inquiry
- Development of future faculty
- Development of future leaders
- Improve the healthcare system
- Improve patient care
In 2016, the ABVLM Board of Directors embarked on a process to support, promote, and provide oversite for one-year fellowship program in Venous & Lymphatic Medicine (VLM). At the time, there was an existing, similar fellowship program overseen through the American College of Phlebology (ACP). Oversight of the then-existing "Phlebology Fellowship" program was transferred from the ACP to the ABVLM.
Since that time, the ABVLM's Board, with the recommendation of its Fellowship Accreditation & Oversight Committee, has approved several new fellowships. These fellowships are not ACGME-accredited, however, they are based upon the ACGME Common Program Requirements for One-year Fellowships.
ABVLM-accredited Fellowship Programs are supported in part by grants from the American College of Phlebology Foundation.
Currently, physicians seeking ABVLM certification need not have completed a one-year VLM fellowship. Potential candidates may apply via any of the three pathways described in the ABVLM Certification Exam Requirements & Policies.
Below are the ABVLM-accredited one-year Fellowship Programs in Venous & Lymphatic Medicine.
|Program Name||Address / Phone / Email||Program Director||Accreditation Status||Prgm Effective Date|
|Stony Brook Medicine Vascular Surgery Division VLM Fellowship Program||Stony Brook Medicine
HSC L19- 090
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8191
|Antonios P. Gasparis, MD||Continued Accreditation||07/01/2015|
|Center For Vein Restoration VLM Fellowship||Center For Vein Restoration
7474 Greenway Center Dr., Ste 1000
Greenbelt, MD 20770
|Peter J. Pappas, MD||Initial Accreditation||08/01/2016|
|ProMedica / Jobst Vascular Institute VLM Fellowship||ProMedica
2109 Hughes Dr., Ste 430
Toledo, OH 43606
|John H. Fish, III, MD||Initial Accreditation||07/01/2017|