Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery
2008 Annual Symposium: President's Message

Keith D. Calligaro, M.D., SCVS President, 2008
Keith D. Calligaro, M.D.
SCVS President, 2008

This year the SCVS will continue its evolution as it addresses the needs of all vascular surgeons who practice clinical medicine, be they members of a university faculty or are practicing within a community setting. Unique topics of interest that were well received at our previous meeting in Orlando will be offered again at the 2008 Annual Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada. These include special programs for Fellows and other Young Vascular Surgeons, Special Interest Group (SIG) breakfast sessions, post graduate courses that focus on the problems and issues facing the daily practice of vascular surgery, and sessions to address specific problems facing vascular surgeons practicing in small to mid-sized community hospitals.

Here are some added details on a few of the 2008 Annual Symposium components:

2008 Enrichment Programs for Targeted Groups:
Building on its continuing success in partnering with the SCVS, The Gore Company will again offer the Gore Fellows Program on the first day of the SCVS Annual Symposium, and host the participation of 2nd year vascular fellows at the SCVS Annual Symposium.

The Young Vascular Surgeons Program & Scholarship, inaugurated through a partnership with Medtronic in 2007 was well-received and will be expanded in 2008. Designed for vascular surgeons who have completed fellowships and have been working for 5 years or less, this program provides valuable content on practice building techniques and networking opportunities.

The SCVS Fellows Program will again include the very popular Top Gun Challenge (simulator training) and a scholarship component. The program is made possible by a generous grant and in kind contributions from Boston Scientific.

In development now, to be test-launched for the 2008 meeting, is a new program for Vascular Residents (senior, 5th year), so please stay tuned.

Special Interest Group (SIG) Breakfast Sessions:
This year's SIGs will continue to build upon the success of those presented in Orlando this past year and will include sessions covering special Issues and challenging case studies for community vascular surgeons, young vascular surgeons issues, and a new program will address Aortic Thoracic Stenting.

Post Graduate Courses:
Dr. George Meier, SCVS Vice President, will lead the charge in providing the 2008 attendees with the latest on hot topics facing our specialty. Remember that the SCVS post graduate courses are included in the registration fee for all physicians so I encourage all attendees to take advantage of the valuable information these sessions have to offer.

This year's annual symposium is not one to miss as we will also be returning to the exciting city of Las Vegas. Mark the date in your calendar - March 5-8, 2008 - as the time to learn what's new in vascular surgery while enjoying a fabulous venue. I look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards,


Keith D. Calligaro, M.D.
President, 2008


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