SVS Pulse 
 
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Jan. 23, 2013
In this Issue 
SVS Endorses ACS Position Statement on Firearm Injuries 
SVS Maintains Seat on AMA HOD
2013 Vascular Annual Meeting Activities for Fellows, Residents, and Students
Complimentary Coding Registration for Trainees
VRIC Abstract Deadline is Jan. 25
Claim Self-Assessment Credit Today
Feb. 1: Health Policy Scholarship
Invite Colleagues to Join SVS
Plan to Attend the International Forum 
SVS Endorses ACS Position Statement on Firearm Injuries
SVS has endorsed the ACS Position Statement on Firearm Injuries. In a letter to President Obama the ACS stated: "Healthcare professionals play a critical role in preventing firearm injuries by health screening, patient counseling, and referral to mental health services for those with behavioral medical conditions. These resources should be available to patients and any impediments to physicians accessing these services for their patients should be removed."

SVS Maintains Seat on AMA HOD
The American Medical Association Board of Trustees announced that SVS will keep its seat in the House of Delegates and, consequently, continue to serve on the RUC. To ensure AMA keeps accurate count of SVS members, please take time to complete the "cast my ballot" as a SVS member that is sent with your AMA membership card.    

2013 Vascular Annual Meeting Activities for Fellows, Residents, and Students

To allow residents and students to explore their interest in vascular surgery, the fellow/resident/student educational and networking program of the Vascular Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 29 through Saturday, June 1. The program 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, along with leaders of the vascular surgical community. View the detailed educational program. To ensure the best young medical professionals become vascular surgeons, SVS offers the following travel scholarships to aspiring vascular surgeons to underwrite expenses for Vascular Annual Meeting attendance: General Surgery Resident/Medical Student Travel Scholarship and Minority Medical Student Travel Scholarship. The deadline to apply for the scholarships is February 18.

Complimentary Coding Registration for Trainees
Complimentary registration for the Spring 2013 Coding and Reimbursement Course, held April 5-6, in Boston, MA, is available for 25 second year vascular fellows, PGY5 ("Chief") integrated residents, or recent vascular surgery graduates (must have completed training within the last 10 months).

To qualify, all applicants must be SVS Candidate Members. Only one application per institution is allowed. The selection process will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Current trainees should discuss attendance with their program director before applying to confirm the necessary time-off to attend the course. View complete course details online. For more information or to apply, contact studentresident@vascularsociety.org. Please note attendees will have their course fee waived, but are still responsible for any travel and accommodation expenses.

VRIC Abstract Deadline is Jan. 25
Remember to submit an abstract by the Jan. 25 deadline for the Vascular Research Initiatives Conference, Emerging Concepts of Vascular Physiology and Therapy. Designed to encourage interaction and collaboration between vascular surgeon investigators and scientists from other vascular biology-related disciplines, this year VRIC is offering a special session, How to Put Together a Stem Cell Program for Therapeutic Angiogenesis: Challenges and Pitfalls. VRIC will be held on April 30 in Orlando, Florida. Click here to register and get additional information.

Claim Self-Assessment Credit Today
If you have not yet claimed self-assessment credit and printed your certificate toward Part 2 of the ABS Maintenance of Certification Program, the final deadline to do so is Jan. 31. Also remember that the CME credit deadline is March 1. Don't delay. After these dates, CME and self-assessment credits for the 2012 Vascular Annual Meeting, along with the corresponding certificates, will no longer be available.

Feb. 1: Health Policy Scholarship
SVS members interested in health care policy should apply for the SVS/ACS scholarship to attend the Executive Leadership Program at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts from June 9-15. The closing date for applications is Feb. 1. For questions, call the ACS Scholarships Administrator at 312-202-5281 or visit the Brandeis website for more information.

Invite Your Colleagues to Apply for Membership
As an SVS member, you are aware of the value your membership offers. Invite your colleagues to enjoy the many benefits, which range from discounted meeting registration to personalized practice resources and networking opportunities, by becoming an active, associate, affiliate or international SVS member. SVS membership will allow your colleagues to be part of the world's most prestigious professional vascular society. Access the online application today.

Attend the New International Forum at the Upcoming Vascular Annual Meeting
At the 2013 Vascular Annual Meeting, a new session will be offered, the International Forum. It will be held as a concurrent session on Wednesday at 5:00 pm, May 29, 2013. Please plan accordingly to attend this session.

 
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