Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery
2014 Annual Symposium: President's Message
Fred A. Weaver, MD, SCVS President, 2013-2014
Fred A. Weaver, MD
SCVS President, 2013-2014
It is indeed an honor to be this year's President of the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS). The SCVS is an organization that was established to provide clinically relevant and current vascular education for the practicing vascular surgeon as well as students and residents interested in a career in vascular surgery. I would like to thank the membership for this great honor and hope you will join me at the 2014 SCVS Annual Symposium to be held March 18-22, 2014 at the La Costa Hotel in Carlsbad California.

An important initiative taken by the SCVS Council over the past couple of years is an expansion of its involvement with other organizations. The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) has recently launched a new Board focused on vein centers, on which the SCVS now holds two new representative seats. In addition the SCVS has been one of a number of specialty organizations invited to review the American College of Cardiology's (ACC) appropriate use criteria for peripheral vascular ultrasound and physiological testing as well as utilization of imaging for chest pain in the emergency department. The SCVS leadership has embraced these opportunities to collaborate with our peer specialty groups as we all work to provide the very best care to the vascular patient.

The next SCVS Annual Symposium will be held in my home state of California at the La Costa Hotel in Carlsbad on March 18-22, 2014. The hotel is just north of San Diego and approximately 30-40 minutes from the San Diego airport. This destination will offer a great venue for our scientific sessions, fellows and young surgeons programs. For families, spouses and significant others, the location has access to all San Diego has to offer including the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, SeaWorld, and the Pacific Ocean. In addition, the La Costa Hotel has recently been completely renovated and boasts two world class golf courses. Please join us in March and enjoy both the comprehensive education, as well as the camaraderie of our membership in a memorable location. Information on the 2014 meeting, which is updated regularly, can be accessed by visiting http://symposium.scvs.org.

During the SCVS Symposium, the SCVS Fellows and Incoming Fellows programs have become notable educational offerings for younger vascular surgeons. Attendees to these programs receive both travel reimbursement and complimentary registration to the main SCVS Annual Symposium. Please make sure your surgeons in training are aware of these programs. Information will be accessible via the 2014 program website at http://symposium.scvs.org.

The SCVS also offers the Young Vascular Surgeons Program, an evening symposium for those of you who are newly established with your own practice, and the Vascular Top Gun Competition which provides simulation training in a more relaxed environment. Registration for these programs will also be available via the main meeting website.

The educational offerings mentioned above, as well as that of the SCVS Annual Symposium, have all been strongly supported by our industry partners. On behalf of the SCVS and its leadership I am extending another round of thanks to them for their important and essential contributions to our Society.

In closing I would like to encourage all of our members to reach out to your associates who are not members and stress the importance of belonging to the SCVS. Application information can be viewed by visiting http://scvs.org/Membership_Application.cgi. Please also share your thoughts with me and the leadership on how the Society can further enhance its value for the membership. The SCVS exists to provide the finest relevant educational opportunities to its membership. Your input is crucial to refining and enhancing our Annual Symposium. We can be reached via the SCVS offices by email or phone (978.927.8330).

Sincerely,

Fred A. Weaver, MD



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