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 President's Message


MVSS President’s Message
Melina R. Kibbe, MD, FACS, FAHA
It is with great honor that I serve the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society (MVSS) as president this year.  The MVSS is a society that is relevant for academic and private practice vascular surgeons, as well as fellows, residents, and medical students interested in vascular disease or pursuing a career in vascular surgery.  My goal, as president, is to continue to provide a valuable service to the members of the society, mostly through attainment of knowledge through our annual meeting, but also through travel awards, advanced educational opportunities, advocacy, and through interactions with the Society of Vascular Surgery and the Society of Vascular Surgery Foundation.  The society also serves as an important networking opportunity for faculty and trainees alike.

The 2014 MVSS Annual Meeting, held in Iowa City, was a tremendous success, with over 252 attendees and 48 oral and rapid fire abstract presentations.  Donald Jacobs, MD, delivered a provocative presidential address entitled, “The lost art of storytelling in clinical practice.”  The New Horizons in Vascular Surgery programming was well thought out and stimulating.  The Special Session on Manuscript Preparation Saturday morning was very informative and engaging.  The honored guest lecturer, Karl Bilimoria, MD, delivered an outstanding talk on the genesis and evolution of the 80 hour work week.  Overall, the educational content of the meeting provided for 15.5 hours of maintenance of certification (MOC) continuing medical education, truly providing a valuable service to our members.  Lastly, the pre-meeting Mock Oral examinations, organized by Dr. Raghu Motaganahalli and the members of the education committee, were well attended, as was the Simulation Surgical Skills Assessment program.  I would like to personally thank the Program Committee, the Education Committee, the Executive Council, the Local Arrangements Chair, Dr. Timothy Kresowik, and Terri Comegys for making this meeting a tremendous success.

I am looking forward to the 2015 MVSS Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago, September 10-12 at the Westin River North.  The MVSS plans to continue to offer the pre-meeting mock oral examinations for vascular fellows.  Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Mattos, the pre-meeting educational opportunities for medical students and residents will be expanded.  The New Horizons in Vascular Surgery program promises to be stimulating, and may include a session on our regional Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI).  The MVSS meeting will continue to offer a large number of MOC credit hours, meeting the needs of our members.  Lastly, the meeting will continue to serve as a venue for dissemination of important and relevant information for the care of patients with vascular disease through oral, rapid fire, and poster presentations.  I hope you will plan to join me for this exciting meeting in Chicago!

Thus, given all that the MVSS provides to its membership, if you are not a member, join today!  If you are a member, I hope you continue to be an active participant.  This is truly a wonderful time for vascular surgery, and in particular the MVSS!