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.
On behalf of the entire Executive Council, we hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. Our thoughts go out to all who have been affected by COVID-19 and to our medical community at large, we hope you are staying safe during this crisis. It goes without saying, we are facing unprecedented times.
Due to public health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society in-person 2020, 44th Annual Meeting scheduled in Minneapolis, MN. Over the past few months, we have had to change our focus and pivot the way will be offering our educational programs to our members. As such, the Program Committees is pleased to announce that the meeting will be held virtually on September 9th through 12th.
Our decision to go virtual was made after discussing all options and surveying the membership, who overwhelmingly supported a virtual scientific meeting. The Program Committee has been diligently working to provide an engaging program, and we are happy to announce that the Szilagyi, Guthrie and Pfeifer competitions will still be conducted, and winners will be awarded. The meeting dates and times include:
Wednesday, September 9 – Session 1 – 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM CST
Thursday, September 10 – Session 2 – 4:00 PM – 6:15 PM CST
Friday, September 11 – Virtual Poster Session (3 concurrent Sessions) 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM CST
Saturday, September 12 – Session 3 – 9:00 AM – 11:15 AM CST followed by the MVSS Member Business Meeting to be held virtually from 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM CST
Again, this year the Society received a record number of abstracts enabling the Program Committee to develop another outstanding program, which will keep within the Society’s mission and dedication to offer high quality, comprehensive education. This will include the virtual Poster Competition on Friday, September 11th. We are confident that our 2020 virtual format will continue to deliver stimulating and engaging educational content.
We are also hopeful that although we will be meeting virtually, it will be a fun, educational program. We are sorry that we are not being able to meet at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot. With its historical elevated design, quirky details and sophisticated charm and it would have been a unique and fun experience. We are working with the hotel to hopefully return with the meeting in the next few years.
Our Education and Medical Student Committees are also planning to run the Mock Oral exams and our Medical Education program, “Introduction to Vascular Surgery” in a virtual format. We are excited to still be able to offer these programs to our Midwestern trainees. Please look for the announcements and information going out in the near future. Our Society has been very committed to ongoing professional development, as well as trainee education, and this year is no exception. We will continue to explore ways to continue providing our quality initiatives of education and other member services.
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!
Kellie R. Brown, MD