Dear Members and Colleagues,
It has been an honor to have served over the past year as the President of the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society! It is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest vascular surgeons in our country. After interacting with various other society leaders, I can honestly say that our society serves our Midwest members in a well-rounded fashion.
Our Annual Meeting is fast approaching! This year, the meeting is back at the Westin River North in Chi-town, September 12-14 and exciting things are happening!
This year we had an increased number of excellent quality abstracts and the Program Committee has chosen the best of those for presentation. The New Horizons Committee has put together an outstanding program that features topics related to controversies in vascular surgery, treatment of venous diseases, and management of hemodialysis access. Now an MVSS tradition and a great recruitment tool for our specialty, we will again offer programs for medical students, residents, and fellows, including the mock oral boards and simulation. The Community Practice Committee has also organized a comprehensive session on incorporating APPs into a vascular surgery practice. Dr. Spence Taylor will be our guest speaker this year and address “Physician Leadership: American Medicine’s Missing Commodity.” Attendees will have the opportunity to attend one of two satellite symposia as well as network with colleagues. What a great way to find a future partner, if you are searching, or connect with folks from residency!
As the premier regional society for vascular education, MVSS offers other events during the year. This year, the “Advanced Practice Course in Venous Intervention” was held in Indianapolis in April; next year’s course will focus on hemodialysis access. The traveling fellowship offers the opportunity to compete for funds to visit a signature program of the recipient’s choice in order to improve the delivery of care to vascular patients. And MVSS has opted into social media by establishing a Twitter account: #MWVSSociety! Tweet away!!
The Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society is an inclusive organization, looking to improve our field by addressing the shortage of vascular surgeons, improving our practices (community and university), and educating us on diverse vascular topics. Please consider joining (if you haven’t already) and attending the Member’s luncheon where you can help direct the future of your Society.
I look forward to seeing you in September!
Jean E. Starr