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Education and instruction in the care of the patient with peripheral vascular diseases is, at best, fragmented during the first years of medical training. Attention to the issues of peripheral arterial, venous, and lymphatic disorders deserves a more formal approach with respect to physician education, patient evaluation and treatment, knowledge and application of various diagnostic modalities, and involvement of our physician colleagues in complementary disciplines. The vascular medicine internist is an invaluable resource in these areas. The aging of our general population will lead to an increase in manifest peripheral vascular disease within our patient population. Having received additional comprehensive training in the management of the complex patient with peripheral vascular disease, the vascular medicine internist may serve as a complete resource for their care.
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