Pulse for Sept. 22, 2016 | PAD Toolkit, SFS Foundation Appeal, NHLBI Strategic Vision and More
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Invest in the Future; Donate to the SVS Foundation

Innovation has always been and remains integral to our specialty. To continue to thrive and advance, to maintain vascular surgery's position as the leaders in vascular care, we must fund research that leads to the next new breakthroughs and, most importantly, improves patient care. 

Dr. Bruce Perler, SVS Foundation chair, has written a letter that reminds all members that contributions to the SVS Foundation -- which funds basic and clinical research grants -- are vital to the continuation. 

The 2016 SVS Foundation Annual Appeal is underway -- it's an opportunity for all members to make a significant difference in not only the future of SVS but that of our patients. 
Please download & read Dr. Perler's letter here
Make your donation to the SVS Foundation here

Toolkit for PAD Awareness

September is PAD Awareness Month

For SVS members, every month is PAD month. But with September the official awareness month, it's a good time to remind members that SVS offers a digital toolkit you can share with colleagues, patients and referring physicians.

If you have ever wished you had a YouTube playlist of video information on PAD that patients can watch, we’ve got it. We also provide links to printable brochures, articles, practice guidelines and more. 
Visit the SVS PAD resources page

K-Award Requirements Altered

SVS Foundation has modified the eligibility requirements for its K08 and K23 supplemental awards program. SVS Foundation has historically required that K awardees applying for supplemental funding be willing to spend a minimum of 75 percent of full-time professional effort conducting research and research career development. Effective immediately, SVS Foundation applicants may now utilize an NHLBI program that allows them to request less than the 75 percent effort (but no less than 50 percent) for the specific purpose of maintaining specialty clinical competency skills.  
Dr. Alan Dardik, chair of the SVS Research Council, said the change “will allow SVS Foundation to include for consideration a potentially larger pool of high-quality applicants willing to make a significant commitment to research and research career development.”
The next application deadline for the K08 and K23 awards is Oct. 12.
Learn about the K08 award here
Learn about the K23 award here

Benefits of Belonging

SVS Participation Positions Members for Future NIH Funding 

By helping to formulate the new NHLBI Strategic Vision, the SVS successfully advocated for prioritization of disease processes which challenge vascular surgeons. “With continued advocacy and support, we can better position our members for successful NIH funding in the future,” said the SVS Research Council, in a summer document on the Strategic Vision. 

NHLBI recently released "Charting the Future Together: The NHLBI Strategic Vision." More than a year ago, the SVS, spearheaded by the Research Council, participated in the strategic visioning process by contributing compelling questions and critical challenges and providing feedback on the draft report. SVS delivered a key message that “it is essential to prioritize disease processes which challenge vascular surgeons and vascular physicians.” The Society’s involvement was critical because the Strategic Vision defines research areas deemed to be the most important, timely and feasible for NHLBI to address in its targeted/solicited research in the next decade. 

The Research Council has prepared a brief summary of the NHLBI Strategic Vision. It is below and the Strategic Vision itself is here.   
Download, read SVS Research Council summary here

Demographic Survey Information Helps SVS Help Members

The Society collects demographic information about our members and their practices and careers every year or two. This information helps us be more thoughtful about what services and benefits we offer, direct specific information to specific members and offers insight into what is going on in the Vascular Surgery community.

The survey is four to six questions long and will take less than 2 minutes to complete.
Please take brief, confidential survey here

Links of Interest | Deadlines

The SVS Coding and Reimbursement Workshop is Oct. 21-22 in Chicago. 

The deadline to claim Annual Meeting Credits from VAM 2016 is Dec. 31. 

Apply for a number of JVS editor positions by Oct. 1. 

Nominate a Nominator by Sept. 30

The SVS Nominating Committee includes one member who is elected by the SVS membership. Nominees for the at-large position must be SVS members in good standing for 10 years or more and cannot be a current member of the Board of Directors or one of the four Councils (Clinical Practice, Education, Policy and Advocacy, Research).  
Nominations should be submitted no later than Sept. 30, to the SVS Secretary: Send by email to: kslaw@vasularsociety.org. By letter to: Ali AbuRahma, MD; Society for Vascular Surgery; 633 N. St. Clair St., 22nd floor; Chicago, IL,  60611

Register Now for November VEITHsymposium

Register now for the annual VEITHsymposium, scheduled for Nov. 15 to 19 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.
The five-day conference provides vascular surgeons and other vascular specialists with the most current information about new developments in clinical practice and relevant research. The symposium offers more than 900 fast-paced presentations on what is new and important in the treatment of vascular disease.
Updates and re-evaluations, as well as the latest significant advances, changing concepts in diagnosis and management, pressing controversies and new techniques will be presented. Video case presentations also will be included.
This event is offered in collaboration with the Society for Vascular Surgery and is sponsored and accredited by the Cleveland Clinic.

International Vein Congress 2017 – Agenda Released

IVC 2017 is a three-day educational event focused on the management and treatment of venous disease. The agenda features more than five hours of LIVE cases that will demonstrate duplex ultrasound, saphenous ablation, IVUS and iliocaval stenting. 

The 15th annual International Vein Congress (IVC) will be held April 20-22, 2017, in Miami Beach, Fla. The international faculty is led by course director Jose I. Almeida, MD, RPVI, RVT; and course co-directors Edward G. Mackay, MD, RPVI, RVT; and Lowell S. Kabnick, MD, RPhS, FACPh.

See the preliminary agenda and learn more at IVCmiami.com.

Job Opportunities

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