PULSE for Feb. 18, 2016: SVS Member Applications Due March 1

Urge Colleagues to Apply to Join SVS 

Do you have a colleague or friend who would be a valuable member of SVS and would benefit from all that SVS offers? Encourage them to submit their application for membership by the March 1 deadline.

Because active membership it not automatically conferred, those in their final year of candidate membership must apply for membership to maintain it without interruption.

Membership applications are presented for approval only once each year, at the Vascular Annual Meeting in June. March 1 is the sole membership application deadline for the year.
Learn more or apply to become a member today!

VAM Registration, Housing Open in 2 Weeks

Set a reminder! Members who plan to attend the 2016 Vascular Annual Meeting may register and obtain housing beginning Thursday, March 3, just two weeks away.

The Vascular Annual Meeting will be held June 8 to 11 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington, D.C. Plenary sessions and exhibits are open June 9 to 11. Plans are continuing to present the latest research plus expanded sessions, more programming on Wednesday and Friday, a session for SVS leaders and new members and more. 
View Vascular Annual Meeting highlights here

Make Nomination for SVS Honors by March 1

The Society for Vascular Surgery is accepting nominations through March 1 for its three highest honors. They are:

Nominations Sought for SVS Officers  

SVS members are invited to nominate individuals for the SVS offices being voted on at the June business meeting. If you are interested in being considered for an SVS office, or wish to nominate someone else, please complete a nomination form located at the link below.
Nominate an SVS officer here
The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 31. Nominees should have been an SVS member for at least 10 years and should have served on one or more of the following: SVS committee, council, advisory group or the Board of Directors. For each officer vacancy, nominators will be asked to provide the nominee’s name, city, state, and a short descriptive statement about the individual’s qualifications for the position. 
Officers being voted on at June 2016 Vascular Annual Meeting
  • Vice president (incumbent is Clement Darling, MD, who automatically accedes to president-elect)
  • Secretary (incumbent is Michel Makaroun, MD, who has served three years of a possible three)
  • Treasurer (incumbent is Kim Hodgson, MD, who has served two years of a possible three)

NHLBI Seeks Comments on Research Priorities 

Public comments are due no later than Monday, March 7, to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) on its strategic research priorities. The draft strategic research priorities has been posted and NHLBI is accepting a final round of public comment. The Strategic Research Priorities will help inform Institute-solicited research activities over the next decade.
Read the Strategic Research Priorities, submit comments here

SVS, UCLA Offer Joint Review Course

A new joint symposium, “The First Annual UCLA/SVS Symposium: A Comprehensive Review and Update of What’s New in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery," is being offered by the Society for Vascular Surgery with the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at University of California, Los Angeles. 

Registration has begun for the three-day course, to be held Aug. 27 to 29 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. It will present an in-depth review of the specialty for those preparing to take the vascular board examinations as well as provide the basic didactic education for vascular residents and fellows in training. The course recognizes four major pillars of vascular surgery practice, including:
  1. Conventional open operations
  2. Catheter based intervention (endovascular surgery)
  3. The medical aspect of patient management
  4. Diagnostic imaging and noninvasive testing
The course conforms to the clinical and basic science curriculum as outlined by the vascular surgery program directors (APDVS). 

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 25.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  
Learn more about the joint symposium here

RPVI Exam Review Course is March 18-19

The Society for Vascular Ultrasound will hold its two-day RPVI (Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation™) Exam Review Course March 18-19 in Baltimore. The review course provides the required vascular physics, interpretation skills and includes more than 100 test questions. Early-bird discounts end Feb. 18.

The course has been approved for 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits.™
Learn more about the RPVI course here

Learn Latest on Venous Disease at IVC 

Ask vascular experts tough questions about venous disease at the V2 Symposium during the 2016 International Vein Congress (IVC 2016). The V2 Symposium is a 90-minute session moderated by Dr. Steve Elias where IVC attendees discuss emerging techniques, new technology, reimbursement, professionalism and more. This popular session ensures all attendees can seek advice on particular issues affecting their practice and/or clinics.

IVC 2016 will be April 29 to 30 in Miami Beach, Fla. To learn more about registration, faculty and the agenda, see the link below.
Learn more about IVC here

March Deadlines Near for Awards, Grants  

Want to win a prize for research? Below are 2016 deadlines and links to information for some of the SVS Foundation Awards.
Student Research Fellowship: March 2, 2016
EJ Wylie Traveling Fellowship: March 2, 2016
Clinical Research Seed Grant: March 11, 2016

SVS Grant Deadline

Women’s Leadership Training Grants, designed to help strong women leaders in vascular surgery: March 1, 2016

Job Opportunities

Looking for a new position? Below is a sample of the jobs currently available on the SVS job board.  
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