Dear Members and Colleagues,
It is truly a privilege and honor to serve as the Midwest Vascular Surgical Society’s 43rd President. I am proud of the tradition and sense of community embodied by our Society, and have been truly honored to serve the Society in the past several years.
Our Society has been very committed to ongoing professional development, as well as trainee education, and this year is no exception. As usual, the Society has many ongoing initiatives, and I would like to highlight them here.
The Coronavirus-COVID-19 has placed many limitations in travel and our daily lives. Based on the information and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and for the well-being of all involved, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming Advanced Practice Course on Dialysis Access to be held May 8-9, 2020 at the University of Chicago. We will be discussing plans for future courses and the re-scheduling this course. We thank the Program Committee and Course Directors, Ross Milner and Patrick Muck, for their hard work and for planning excellent program. We also thank our diverse faculty who had committed to participate.
The Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society is also fast approaching. Please mark your calendars for September 10-12, 2020 and plan to join us in Minneapolis at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel for what I am sure will be a fun, educational program complete with opportunities to network and interact with friends and colleagues from throughout the Midwest. The abstract deadline is March 30, 2020, so please plan to submit your work through our Annual Meeting website page by then. The New Horizons Committee along with the Program Committee are working to plan an interesting and thought-provoking program for all.
The Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, boasts an elevated design with quirky details and sophisticated charm and is set in the historical train Depot for the Milwaukee Road. The Minnesota Historical Society placed The Depot on the National Register of Historic Places marking a venue rich in History.
As usual, our Education Committee is planning to run the Mock Oral exams and Simulation Session for trainees, and the Medical Student Program Committee is planning another successful Introduction to Vascular Surgery session for our Midwest Medical Students. Last year we were able to provide experiences for over 20 trainees and 35 medical students. These programs continue to grow in popularity and have been one of the highlights of our meeting! Please look for our call for applications in the near future.
Our Society continues to grow, and is now comprised of over 700 Active, Candidate, Associate and Medical Student members. The Membership Committee is looking for new members all of the time, and with our rolling enrollment, there is never a bad time to apply! If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a MVSS member, please contact the Society’s Administrative Offices. Applications are also available on the Membership page here on the Society’s website.
I hope you will avail yourself of all of our educational and networking opportunities. If you have suggestions for other events, please reach out. I hope to see you all in September in beautiful Minneapolis!
Kellie R. Brown, MD