PULSE for May 26, 2016: Scholarships, BEST-CLI, Changing of the Guard at SVS 

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A Changing of the Guard Here at SVS


It's Executive Director Becky Maron's last day! As she completes 13 years here at SVS, we wish her well, and a happy retirement in Minnesota.

And we extend a warm SVS welcome to our new executive director, Kenneth Slaw, Ph.D. He comes to the Society for Vascular Surgery from the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he has held several senior-management positions over the past 28 years.

Slaw will attend our Vascular Annual Meeting in June, affording many of our members the chance to meet him and welcome him to our Society.

BEST-CLI Trial Needs More Patients Enrolled


A groundbreaking trial on treating critical limb ischemia needs more patients enrolled – quickly. 
 
The study -- BEST-CLI (Best Endovascular vs. Best Surgical Therapy in Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia) Trial -- seeks to determine when and whether endovascular therapy or surgery will be more effective. The trial is a large NIH-sponsored, multi-center randomized controlled trial comparing the two treatments and has a target of 2,100 patients. 

Current enrollment is just over 25 percent of the target, and the pace must accelerate significantly this year to meet the NIH budget timeline. 

The BEST-CLI Trial is truly a landmark effort in our field and will usher in the era of evidence-based care for advanced PAD. The importance of BEST-CLI was recognized by the SVS in its strong endorsement of the trial to NIH.

As Dr. Perler noted recently, "We have an impressive legacy of leading critical trials in our field and PAD is the biggest arena in need of leadership. We owe it to our patients, the public at large and to the future of our
specialty."
Click here to learn more about enrolling patients in BEST-CLI
Click here for information in joining trial as a new site

Apply for International Scholarships by June 17


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; Due June 17


In a poke at the number of candidates originally running for president this year, the Capitol Steps performed "76 Unknowns."

The Benefits of Belonging

Members Attending VAM in for a "Capitol" Treat!


When in D.C., well, pay attention to politics! Especially in an election year ...

Attendees at the Vascular Annual Meeting will be treated to a political comedy show from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 10. The “Capitol Steps” group will poke its traditional fun at politics, politicians and the world at large as it has since the Reagan administration.

The event is free and open to all registered attendees, guests and exhibitors.

The group mixes standup comedy with song parodies, exploring the hot topics of the day, from the Democratic debates to "Apple vs. the FBI" to "If There were No Rich Men" and "Kasich is the Hardest Rhyme." With the conventions scheduled for later this year, who knows what the Capitol Steps will be talking about, come June? 

Come and find out. And be prepared to laugh heartily.
 

UCLA/SVS Joint Symposium Slated for August


The Society for Vascular Surgery and the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at University of California Los Angeles have merged their board review programs, resulting in the First Annual UCLA/SVS Symposium: A Comprehensive Reivew and Update of What's New in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery."

The three day course will be held Aug. 27 to 29 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

This program will offer an in-depth review of our specialty for those preparing to take the vascular board examinations as well as providing the basic didactic education for the vascular residents and fellows in training. The course recognizes four major pillars of vascular surgery practice: (1) conventional open operations, (2) catheter based intervention (endovascular surgery), (3) the medical aspect of patient management, and (4) diagnostic imaging and noninvasive testing. 
 
Learn more about the Joint Symposium Here

Vascular Annual Meeting: It's Nearly Here ...


The SVS Vascular Annual Meeting is less then two weeks away! This premier meeting for vascular health professionals takes place near Washington, D.C., June 8 to 11. Plenary sessions and exhibits are June 9 to 11.

Join fellow members and other professionals by registering at the link below and making hotel reservations. Hotel reservations are limited and are going fast! Reserve accommodations today.

And don't forget: When the registration count reaches 1,485 (the number of registrants last year shortly before VAM opened), all registrants will be entered into a drawing to win a new iPad Pro. Register now!
Register for 2016 VAM
Limited hotel rooms still available; book today!

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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