UEMS Section and Board of Vascular Surgery

1. Data about the country


Inhabitants: 8,000,000

GDP / Inhabitant:

Territorial administrative organisation: States

Incidence of vascular disease:

Vascular mortality/morbidity:

National Society: Swiss Society for Vascular Surgery

2. Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgery is:

  • Independent specialty
3. Training in vascular surgery


  • Local interview

Total duration of training

  • General surgery: 2 years
  • Vascular surgery: 4 years

Progam acredited by

  • Government

Endovascular training

  • Included in the VS curriculum

Training includes educational sections in

  • Endovascular training: 6 months
  • Other: 3 months

Board Examination

  • National board


  • Inspection of the case log
  • Oral examination
  • Written examination
  • Practical test

Is there required a minimum volume of vascular operations? Yes

  • No. major endovascular operations (EVAR, BTK, carotid): 170
  • No. of minor endovascular operations (SFA PTA, CDT): 50

Is there required a minimum volume of endovascular operations: Yes

  • No. of major endovascular operations: 70
SWITZERLAND: Vascular surgery units