PULSE for June 16, 2016 |  Presidential Address, New Officers

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New SVS Officers Elected at Annual Meeting

At the Vascular Annual Meeting last week, members voted on new officers and approved selection of new members of the Board of Directors. Officers elected are:
  • Vice president, Dr. Michel Makaroun
  • Secretary, Dr. Ali AbuRhama
  • Treasurer, Dr. Kim Hodgson
New members of the Board of Directors are:
Drs. Frank Pomposelli, Clinical Practice Council chair; Michael Golden, Eastern Vascular Society; Thomas Forbes, Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery; Donald Jacobs, Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society; William Marsden, Southern Association for Vascular Surgery; Thomas Bower, Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery; Darrin Clouse, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society; William Jordan, Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery. 

Member Decisions Coming July 1

We understand membership applicants are anxious for a decision! All those who submitted applications to be members of SVS will receive a letter about the membership decision around July 1.

The Benefits of Belonging: RUC Surveys


The SVS Coding Committee is deeply involved with issues related to RUC  -- Relative scale value Update Committee, an initiative of the American Medical Association that assures relative values are accurately and fairly presented to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).  
RUC surveys are integral to this process. The SVS Coding Committee compiles survey data and uses it to form recommendations on what the relative values for particular procedures should be.
Two surveys went out to active members this week; completing them, Coding Committee members said, will help assure that the Society can make appropriate recommendations to the RUC and ultimately CMS.  

Apply for International Scholarships 

Deadline is Friday! 

Up to four $5,000 scholarships to attend the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting in San Diego are available to qualified young vascular surgeons living outside of North America.

In addition to the meeting, scholars also will visit clinical, teaching and research programs in the United States and Canada. Applications can be completed online.

The application deadline is June 17, 2016. For questions, email education@vascularsociety.org or call 312-334-2300. 
Apply here for international scholarships to 2017 VAM

Presidential Address:


Many members have raved about "We Care," Dr. Bruce A. Perler's Presidential Address delivered at the Vascular Annual Meeting, and even want to post it on their own sites so their own patients can understand
the passion which vascular surgeons bring to their work. Dr. Perler said, in part: "We don't (just) treat lesions. We take care of patients, and we follow our patients long-term and we get to know our patients, as people, and we dedicate ourselves to optimizing our patients' vascular health. This is our brand!" 

For those who want to hear it for the first time or listen to it again, SVS has posted the Address on the SVS YouTube channel, accessible at the link below and by clicking the picture above.  
Listen to Presidential Address, 'We Care,' here

Register for October Coding Course

Registration is open for the Coding and Reimbursement Workshop, to be held Oct. 21-22, 2016, at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago. 

The workshop addresses the 2016 updates, including changes to endovascular stent placement outside the lower extremity and PQRS as well as coding for intravascular embolization and retrograde intrathoracic carotid stenting.

The course also will focus on reporting standards for interventional and open surgical procedures, plus includes information about the global surgical package and how it impacts billing and reimbursement, along with the application of modifiers for streamlined reimbursement. 
Learn more and register here

Letter: 'VAM was an amazing experience ...'

The Vascular Annual Meeting includes an entire education program for fellows, residents and medical students which permits them to explore their interest in vascular surgery.

The Society for Vascular Surgery received a letter the day after VAM 2016 ended from a student thanking the Society for the experience. It reads, in part: 

"… I am one of the Diversity Medical Student Travel Scholarship recipients. VAM was an amazing experience and I wanted to share how much I appreciated the dedication of SVS to all of the medical students. ...

"I have been to many conferences before as an undergrad/graduate student yet I never felt more welcomed than at VAM. I deeply appreciate all of the events for students that SVS provided, and felt honored to be a part of this amazing event. I would like to thank SVS for this wonderful opportunity."
Read the entire letter here

ABS: 'Move Forward' on Education Redesign

The American Board of Surgery has issued a Statement Regarding Residency Redesign, including a statement that a number of listed factors, “coupled with a greater focus on competency–based training and assessment in undergraduate medical education and residency training, have reinforced the need to redesign surgical education in this country.”
The ABS directors, the letter states, “representing the breadth of general surgery, agree that now is the time to move forward.”
Read ABS statement here

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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