Pulse for Sept. 8, 2016 | Cardio research questions sought
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Prizes for Cardio Research

Deadline for new 'crowdsourcing' challenge' is Oct. 6

SVS members who are researchers and clinicians have an opportunity to win $5,000 for study hypotheses in cardiovascular research. 

The American Heart Association and PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) have announced a "crowdsourcing' challenge, asking researchers and clinicians to suggest research questions that address difficult challenges identified by patients with cardiovascular diseases. Proposals should focus on questions that can be answered through comparative clinical effectiveness research with a precision medicine approach. 

Submissions are due by Oct. 6. Four winners will each receive a $5,000 cash prize.  
Learn more about the challenge here

Proposals Sought for VAM 2017

New Process Introduced; Deadline is Sept. 16

SVS is seeking proposals for invited sessions from all members for the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting, set for May 31 to June 3 (plenaries and exhibits are June 1 to 3) in San Diego, Calif. 

Previously, the process was open only to SVS committees; planners opened the process to all members this year, with any and all ideas for sessions to be reviewed for further development.
There are four program types for invited-session proposals:
• Postgraduate: a three-hour educational session organized around a broad theme
• Breakfast: a 90-minute educational session organized around a single and narrow concept
• Concurrent: a 90-minute educational session organized around a niche topic, attracting a specific audience
• Workshop: an interactive, small group session focused on a specific skill or knowledge

Initial submissions are due Sept. 16. 
Learn more about VAM call for proposals here [doc]
Contact Angela Churilla, education program manager, at achurilla@vascularsociety.org or 312-334-2310.

Benefits of Belonging

Discounts to Upcoming Coding Workshop

Members of the Society for Vascular Surgery receive discounts on a host of educational offerings, including the Vascular Annual Meeting and the upcoming Coding and Reimbursement Workshop, Oct. 21-22, in Chicago. 

Members and their staff receive discounts to the workshop itself as well the the separate evaluation and management coding workshop. That workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 21. Space is limited to 50 participants, so attendees should register early.  

The Coding and Reimbursement 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.
Learn more about courses, discounts here, and register

SVS Member New ABS Vice Chair

SVS member Dr. Spence M. Taylor has been elected vice chair of the American Board of Surgery for 2017-18. He will serve as chair in 2018-19, following current Chair Dr. John G. Hunter and Vice Chair Dr. Mary E. Klingensmith. Dr. Taylor joined the ABS as a director in 2011, representing the Southern Surgical Association. He is a member of the ABS Vascular Surgery Board and Credentials Committee. For more information, read the ABS newsletter.

Links of Interest | Deadlines

JVS Publications Seeking Editors

The Journal of Vascular Surgery Publications is seeking a number of editors for its publications. See the application information at the link below to learn more. 
Click here for "Request for Applications" information [doc]

Review Course Recordings can help Prepare for '16 Exam

For those preparing for the 2016 vascular surgery recertification course this month, recordings of last year's 2015 Comprehensive Vascular Review Course can be useful. This intensive two-day course was led by vascular surgeons with extensive expertise in their respective fields. The recordings include didactic lectures and review of essential VESAP questions.

No CME credit is available for the recordings. 

The recertification examination is offered from Sept. 12-24, so don't delay!
Purchase recordings here

Claim Annual Meeting Credits by Dec. 31

With plans well underway for the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting, some people may be unaware they still have not claimed their credits for the 2016 session!

Don't leave education credits on the table. Credits from VAM 2016 must be claimed by Dec. 31. Access the CME site via this link. Follow the extensive directions to list sessions, provide evaluations, take exams and generate credit certificates.
Access the CME site here

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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