Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery
2009 Annual Symposium: President's Message

Alan B. Lumsden, M.D., SCVS President, 2008
Alan B. Lumsden, M.D.
SCVS President, 2008-2009

The SCVS conducted yet another well-received Annual Symposium this past March in Las Vegas with record attendance. I am pleased to report that plans are already underway to provide an even broader scientific program for the 2009 Annual Symposium taking place March 18-21, 2009 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Society prides itself with the continuous evolution of its scientific sessions and strives to provide quality education for all vascular surgeons who practice clinical medicine. Our focus on programs to benefit Fellows and other Young Vascular Surgeons has resulted in a new session recently launched in Las Vegas specifically for those surgeons who are transitioning from residency to Fellowship. The SCVS is proud to now offer, as part of the Annual Symposium, specific education for each stage of Fellowship training and greatly appreciates the support of our industry partners in this achievement.

Whether you operate as part of an academic institution or conduct a private practice you will benefit from regular attendance at the SCVS Annual Symposium. Here are additional details on what to expect in 2009:

2009 Enrichment Programs for Fellows and Young Vascular Surgeons:

Continuing in partnership with the SCVS, The W.L. Gore Company will again offer its Gore Fellows Program on the front end of the event, and host the participation of those 2nd year vascular Fellows during the SCVS Annual Symposium.

As mentioned previously, the SCVS now also offers the Incoming Fellows Program, conducted by Cook, Inc., which is dedicated to the needs of 5th year residents that have been accepted to a vascular Fellowship program.

The SCVS Fellows Dinner Symposium, offered only to second year/senior Fellows, provides education for surgeons transitioning from training into career positions. This program includes the SCVS Top Gun Competition, an opportunity to fine-tune surgical skills in a safe simulation environment, and has been supported by Boston Scientific Corporation.

The Young Vascular Surgeons Program, which has been supported by Medtronic, Inc., is designed for vascular surgeons who have completed fellowships and have been working for five years or less. Programming includes a special dinner symposium featuring talks from leaders in vascular surgery.

Post Graduate Courses and Special Interest Group (SIG) Sessions:

Dr. Joann Lohr, SCVS Vice President, has already been hard at work on the Postgraduate Courses for 2009 that will provide attendees with content focused on specific topics of current interest. The Special Interest Group (SIG) sessions for Fort Lauderdale are being planned based upon what was well-received at recent Annual Symposiums while taking into account additional areas of focus important to our specialty.

I encourage you to take advantage of the strong scientific education provided through the SCVS Annual Symposium and to mark your calendars - March 18-21, 2009 - for our next program in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I look forward to welcoming you there.

With kind regards,

Alan B. Lumsden, MD
President, 2008-2009

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