The VA Tennessee Valley Health Care System (VATVHS) (http://www.tennesseevalley.va.gov/about/index.asp) affiliation includes both the Nashville campus, adjacent to Vanderbilt, and the Alvin C. York campus at
The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in
The VA Medical Center Nashville campus is a modem, fully equipped facility dedicated to providing care for the veteran patient. Although its primary referral area is Middle Tennessee, south-central Kentucky, and northern
In addition to the clinical facilities, the VA has a major research and educational facility with extensive laboratory space, animal quarters and operating rooms, library, conference rooms and medical media/audiovisual resources, all of which are available to support research, teaching, and other scholarly activities of the VA personnel.
The Surgical Service has 45 beds, including an integrated state-of-the-art surgical intensive care/step-down area. Surgical procedures are performed in nine fully-equipped operating rooms which include an ambulatory surgery suite and an endoscopy suite. The recovery room is located near both the operating rooms and the surgical critical care units, and all areas utilize up-to-date integrated monitoring equipment. A bedside computerized flow sheet and data acquisition system are currently utilized in the intensive care area to facilitate care of critically ill patients. A surgical outpatient clinic facility meets an increasing demand for the delivery of outpatient surgical care.
A full range of surgical specialties exists, all fully integrated with the residency programs of the
All active surgical staff at the
In July of 2004 residents at the PGY I level inaugurated the VA-York rotation permitting an outpatient, day-case operative experience at the York Campus for herniorrhaphies, cystoscopy, orotracheal intubations and an anesthesia exposure, plus an introduction to upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy. This operative experience at
Williamson Medical Center is a regional medical center located in Franklin, Tennessee. During the fourth year of residency, general surgery residents rotate through the Vascular Surgical Service with Vanderbilt faculty based at
Williamson Medical Center is located about 20 miles south of the