Dear SVM Members,
I had some terrific time off this summer on Martha’s Vineyard. Despite a nasty run-in with a lobster trap and a three ER visits (long story…and I’m thankful my foot won’t become an Image in Vascular Medicine), I enjoyed the down time with family and friends, good seafood, and freedom. I hope you too had some down time to recharge as we head into the late summer/early fall time of transition…enjoying a few last days of hot weather while also looking ahead and preparing to “buckle down” for the academic year. It’s a time of back to school preparations to teach our students and our trainees (not to mention a time to literally get children “back to school"). I find this period also a time of looking forward and for setting aspirational goals for the academic year to come. As we head into fall, our SVM Board of Trustees, Committees, and Staff are also hard at work planning our programming for the year. Most importantly, we are designing a series of activities to celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of our Society (our articles of incorporation were signed on June 23, 1989) with the goal of strengthening our foundation, growing our membership, and engaging our members more than ever as we celebrate three decades of SVM. Stay tuned for announcements regarding our 30th anniversary activities over the next few months and save the date (and submit your time off/meeting form) for #SVM19 which will be held May 29th-June 1st, 2019 at the Ritz Carlton Tyson Corner, McLean Virginia.
Below are some Society updates, including detailed recaps from the Jay D. Coffman Young Investigator finalists and a series of videos from senior and junior SVM members as to why they value our Society. As always, feel free to reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to talk about how you’d like to get more engaged in SVM.
Heather L. Gornik, MD, FSVM