SVS Pulse
In This Issue
  • Volunteers for FEVAR Needed
  • Call for Committee Volunteers 
  • Late-breaking Clinical Trials Abstracts 
  • Trainee Advocacy Travel Scholarship 
  • Student Research Fellowship
  • PAC Funds Vital for Vascular Surgery Reimbursement
  • New Training Programs Approved

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March 7, 2013
Volunteers needed for FEVAR writing groups
SVS is seeking interested individuals to serve on two new writing groups:
  • Reporting standards for fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair
  • Practice guidelines for fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair
Background 
Fenestrated endovascular aneurysm report (FEVAR) is soon expected to become more widely used for the treatment of juxtarenal and suprarenal aneurysms. 
  • FEVAR reporting standards are needed to assure uniformity and comparability between papers and reports on this new technology 
  • FEVAR practice guidelines are needed address patient selection, imaging, graft planning and design, necessary skills and equipment, specific center criteria and postoperative surveillance.
Requirements
Applicants should have significant expertise in fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair. Experience in clinical research methodology and guideline development is desirable.

Writing group service will require several hours of work over the next six to 12 months. Most writing group interaction will occur by teleconference but one or more meetings may be scheduled, likely at the Vascular Annual Meeting®. Applicants should be ready to work on a strict timeline.

Application process
If you are interested in being considered for either the reporting standards writing group or the practice guidelines writing group, please complete a short application by March 25. The application form can be found at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WD2W2Y9.

Writing group appointments will be made by the SVS Appointments Committee, comprised of the President, President-elect and Vice President. 
Call for Committee Volunteers - Spring Cycle
SVS is recruiting members for the following committees:
  • Annual Meeting Program Committee 
  • Audit Committee 
  • Conflict of Interest Committee 
  • Document Oversight Committee 
  • Membership Committee 
  • Publications Committee 
  • SVS Foundation Development Committee 
If you are interested in serving on these committees, please complete a short application form at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SS3J7LG by Monday, March 25.  The call for volunteers for the remaining SVS committees will be in late June
Latebreaking Clinical Trial Abstracts Due March 15
Late-breaking clinical trial abstracts can now be submitted until March 15 for the 2013 Vascular Annual Meeting, May 30-June 1 in San Francisco, CA. Selected abstracts will be presented at a plenary session on Saturday, June 1 from 2:05 pm - 3:00 pm. Share your research at the premier educational event for vascular health professionals and submit your abstract today.
SVS Vascular Surgery Trainee Advocacy Travel Scholarship Application Deadline: March 15
To enhance the health policy and advocacy development of vascular surgery trainees, SVS offers the Vascular Surgery Trainee Advocacy Travel Scholarship, which provides the recipient with an opportunity to participate in Capitol Hill visits and learn more about SVS' health policy and advocacy activities. The $1,500 scholarship can be used for traveling and housing costs during these visits. Applicants must be an SVS Candidate Member currently enrolled (or accepted) in a vascular surgery training program and have an interest in health policy and advocacy issues relating to vascular surgery. 
Student Research Fellowship (deadline March 18)
The Student Research Fellowship, established by the SVS® Foundation, stimulates laboratory and clinical vascular research by undergraduate college and medical school students registered at universities in the United States and Canada. In addition to the $3,000 student stipend, the student will also receive a $450 travel scholarship to attend the 2013 Vascular Annual Meeting, May 30-June 1 in San Francisco, CA. Submit an application by the March 18 deadline.
SVS PAC Funds Vital for Vascular Surgery Reimbursement
and Patient Care
A letter was recently sent to SVS membership from President Peter Gloviczki, MD and PAC Chair David Deaton, MD, requesting contributions to the SVS Political Action Committee (PAC) and thanking those who contributed in 2012. One hundred percent of the contributions are used to attend fundraisers for Congressional members and non-incumbent candidates who are supportive of SVS issues. A donation of any amount this year will allow contributors to attend an exclusive reception during the upcoming Vascular Annual Meeting in San Francisco; members of Congress from the area have been invited as special guests. Members who contribute $1000 or more this year will receive the new SVS tie or scarf.
New Vascular Surgery Training Programs Approved
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education recently approved the following new vascular surgery training programs.
 
Vascular Surgery Integrated Programs (0+5)
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital 
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics 
  • Albany Medical Center 
  • Charleston Area Medical Center/West Virginia University
There are now a total of 45 0+5 Programs.
 
A new Vascular Surgery Fellowship was also approved at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine (Tulsa).

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