Dear SVM Members,
We are gearing up for our 30th Annual Scientific Sessions later this month. Year after year, this meeting is the annual highlight of our Society, and this year’s Sessions will be extra special. This issue of our newsletter will focus on our Sessions and maximizing your participation in this terrific event. As expected, Dr. Raghu Kolluri and the Scientific Program Committee have developed another exceptional program for this year’s meeting.
Prior to the kick off, SVM volunteers will spend the afternoon of Wednesday, May 29th in committee and taskforce meetings to roll up their sleeves for SVM and work on ongoing and new activities. Later that evening, the Women in Vascular Medicine and SVM Next Generation committees have joined forces to develop a session onAchieving Your Career Goals featuring cardiovascular leader Dr. Teri Caulin-Glaser, Senior Vice President, Service Lines, OhioHealth (details below). This session is open to attendees of all disciplines and ranging from those in training and early career to those nearing retirement (…the latter probably having great perspectives to share).
The meeting will officially kick off on Thursday, May 30th at 7:45 a.m. During the following 2½ days, attendees will be treated to the Program Committee’s whirlwind of educational sessions covering the state-of-the-science in all aspects of vascular medicine, including the latest in medical therapies and interventional options for our patients. Whether it be the annual “Year in Vascular Medicine,” brief “rapid fire” talks, Great Debates, SVM in the Vascular Lab, or hands on workshops, you will leave this meeting empowered to continue your vascular practice at the highest level. We welcome members of the American Venous Forum on Friday, May 31st at 10:00 a.m. for a special joint session on chronic venous disease. And of course, the absolute favorites of every SVM Scientific Sessions, Cases Over Cocktails and Vascular Jeopardy are back. Every attendee, from the #NextGen to all of our MSVMs and Past Presidents are welcome to participate.
As always, our meeting features vascular medicine clinical and translational science, a longstanding pillar of our Society dating back to its founding in 1989. I ask all attendees to support the scientific component of our meeting by attending the Jay D. Coffman Young Investigator Session on Thursday at 3:40 p.m., the moderated poster session on Thursday at 4:45 p.m., and the Best of SVM Science Rapid Fire Oral Abstract Session on Friday at 10:50 a.m. All scientific abstracts are published in the June issue of our journal Vascular Medicine, a print copy of which will be provided for all attendees.
During this year’s meeting, Dr. Kolluri and his committee have planned special events to honor our Society’s 30th birthday. Thursday night, we will have our 30th Anniversary gala dinner, complete with toasts and tributes to our beloved SVM and a silent auction to benefit the SVM 30(k) for 30(years) fund. It is not too late to buy a dinner ticket (details below), and all meeting attendees and guests are welcome.
Beyond all of the learning and networking, there is important SVM business to conduct during the meeting. In addition to Wednesday’s committee meetings, our gala dinner and Thursday’s SVM award ceremony, I ask that all members join me for the SVM Member Business Meeting breakfast on Friday, May 31at 6:30 a.m. At this meeting, we will vote for the slate of 2019-2021 SVM Trustees and Officers(details below), and Dr. Jay Bishop will preview the results of the 2019 SVM Comprehensive Practice and Compensation Survey. Please download the Whova App now so that you can preview all of the terrific content at #SVM19 (details below).
As I mentioned in my Presidential address last year, our Scientific Sessions are our homecoming. I hope you join us for #SVM19 to reconnect with colleagues and old friends, your mentors, and your mentees current and past. Make new professional connections and build on your collaborations and friendships in our community as we celebrate and support our Society. As we come together with colleagues and friends old and new, we will all raise a glass to SVM and its next 30 years. See you in a few weeks!
Heather L. Gornik, MD, FSVM