Final Dues Reminder, Submit VAM & VRIC Abstracts, Apply for Scholarships

Tick-Tock! Submit VAM Abstracts by Feb. 1

The abstract submission site for the 2016 Vascular Annual Meeting opened Dec. 1 and submissions will be accepted through 3 p.m. CST Feb. 1 -- and that's just 3 1/2 weeks away from Jan. 7, the date of this PULSE. 

New this year: All authors must complete a conflict of interest statement before an abstract can be submitted. Submitting authors will need to authorize the recording of content, in addition to supplying co-author institutional and contact information at the time of account creation.
Click here to submit an abstract
Click here for abstract details and guidelines
VAM will be held from June 8 to 11; plenary and exhibits start June 9. The meeting will be at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington, D.C.

Registration and housing open March 3, 2016.

Register for VRIC; Abstracts Due Jan. 13

Online registration for the 2016 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference is now available. The conference is May 4, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.

Abstract submissions are due Jan. 13, 2016.
Click here for VRIC registration, information

Dues, Membership News

Zero Hour for Dues Payment Near

To avoid a $50 late fee, 2016 dues MUST be received at SVS by Jan. 15. To pay dues, call 312-334-2313, fax 312-334-2320 or visit
Applications for Active, International, Associate and Affiliate memberships are due March 1. Candidate members interested in becoming Active members this year need to apply by that deadline. Information about the application process and the various membership types can be found at the link below.
Apply to become a member today!

Apply by Jan. 29 for VAM Student Scholarships

Medical students and surgical residents can apply for travel scholarships to defray costs of attending the June 2016 Vascular Annual Meeting. Two scholarships are available: one for general surgery residents or medical students and one for a medical student who falls into a diversity demographic.The deadline is  11:59 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, CST.
VAM 2016 will be held from June 8 to 11 in the Washington, D.C., area. Plenary sessions and exhibits open June 9. Housing and registration open March 3.
General surgery resident/med student application
Diversity medical student application
An educational and networking program for fellows, residents and students will be open June 8 through 11 and includes an open and endovascular simulation training workshop, mentor program, mock interview session and residency fair.
The program seeks to let residents and students explore their interest in vascular surgery. It provides an excellent opportunity for learners of all levels (first-year medical students to senior-level surgical residents to vascular surgery trainees) to meet others with similar interests and also provides students and residents with the valuable opportunity to meet members and leaders of the vascular surgical community. 

Women's Leadership Training Grants Available

The SVS Leadership Development Committee annually awards Women’s Leadership Training Grants with the aim of developing strong women leaders in vascular surgery.
Three, $5,000 awards are given annually to women at various levels of experience: 0-5 years out of training, 6-10 years out of training and more than 10 years out of training. 
Click here for more information, including application information
SVS hopes the recipients will, over time, exhibit the outstanding accomplishments and exceptional personal qualities of those vascular surgeons recognized by SVS for their lifetime achievements:
  1.  Contributions to SVS or other vascular societies through leadership that has influenced professional practice and the quality of care
  2. Contributions to vascular education through leadership and innovation in vascular training
  3. Contributions to vascular basic science or clinical research through continued grant support or mentoring of other researchers
  4. Special contributions to the field that may include: 
  • Those that elevate the national and/or international stature of the specialty of vascular surgery
  • Regulatory, political or governmental work that advances the specialty
  • A pioneering technique or concept
Applications and related materials are due by 11:59 p.m. March 1. 

ACS/SVS Scholarship Application due Feb. 1

The American College of Surgeons and the Society for Vascular Surgery are jointly offering a shared scholarship open to U.S. members in good standing of both organizations.
This $8,000 scholarship supports attendance and participation in the “Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management,” set for June 12-18 at Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass. 
Applicants must be at least 30 years old, but not yet 60 on the date the completed application is filed.
The deadline for receipt of all application materials is Feb. 1, 2016. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by March 31.
Applications should be submitted as a single PDF via email to:, with “Attn: ACS/SVS” in the subject line. 
For additional information, applicants may contact Kate Early, ACS Scholarships Administrator, at 312-202-5281, or
Click here for information on ACS/SVS scholarship

Start the New Year Off With Accurate Coding

With the growing cuts from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the time is now to take control of the claims submission process to reduce denials and increase the bottom line.
Utilizing the combined SVS Coding Guide and Society for Vascular Ultrasound Coding Advisor Software, doctors and staff will be able to test claims prior to submitting them. If errors pop up, corrections are suggested. Maybe it’s a matter of reorganizing the order of codes or adding a modifier. Whatever it is, this coding product will make owners money and save them from having to resubmit a claim. On average, users save $4 per claim, according to the SVU. This can really add up.
Included are all databases, updated in real time, used for coverage determinations (CPT, HCPCS, NCD, LCD, NCCI, MPPR and more) as well as notes regarding procedure codes specific to non-invasive vascular diagnostic testing.
See additional features, view demo by clicking here
Additional features include:
  • Bidirectional ICD-9:ICD-10 translator
  • Procedure modifiers
  • A claims “scrubber” to ensure submitted claims are complaint with all of the common rules, regulations and determinations that impact coverage
This guide will never be out of date because as codes change or localities adjust their reimbursements, the software will reflect these changes. Doctors and staff will always have the most accurate information at any time.

When ordering, use code SVSCA to receive $100 off.

SVS Foundation Awards Deadlines 

Want to win a prize for research? Below are 2016 deadlines and links to information for some of the SVS Foundation Awards.
Resident Research Prize: Feb. 1, 2016 
Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08): Feb. 12, 2016
Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23): Feb. 12, 2016
Student Research Fellowship: March 2, 2016
EJ Wylie Traveling Fellowship: March 2, 2016
Clinical Research Seed Grant: March 11, 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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